ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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The easiest way to spray a professional finish! Produces a beautiful traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finish, without elaborate spray equipment.

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Clear gloss

Item # 3881
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Clear satin

Item # 3882
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Clear sanding sealer

Item # 3883
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The easiest way to spray a professional finish! Produces a beautiful traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finish, without elaborate spray equipment.

ColorTone® Clear Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is formulated especially for musical instruments. Fast-drying and resistant to alcohol and water, it produces a hard, durable finish that enhances the beauty of the wood.

Available in convenient 13-ounce spray cans.

ColorTone® Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer can be applied over smooth bare wood, sanded basecoats of grain filler, ColorTone Sanding Sealer, and over ColorTone Stains. Perfect for touch-up work, or for finishing an entire instrument. The rotating-tip nozzle can spray a horizontal or vertical pattern.

Aerosol spraying is an economical way for the beginner to apply a first finish without elaborate setup or equipment. Aerosols produce a slightly rougher surface than spray guns, however, and more sanding may be needed for a level surface.

How many cans do you need?
Electric guitar neck
Solid body electric
Acoustic guitar
Archtop guitar
Banjo rim and neck
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
4 to 6 cans
4 to 6 cans
3 to 4 cans
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
3 to 4 cans
Number of cans needed may vary depending on how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

ColorTone Clear Satin Lacquer typically requires fewer coats. Successive thin coats should be sanded to maintain a level surface. Don't sand the final coat; the flattener in the lacquer will give a smooth satin appearance.

Application Tips: We recommend spraying multiple thin coats, in a low humidity environment. Heavy-bodied Sanding Sealer (one coat equals two coats of lacquer) will seal stained or unstained wood before the color coats or clear topcoats are applied. At least one can of Sanding Sealer and 4-6 cans of lacquer will usually finish a complete guitar.

Use warm lacquer, not cold!
Pro shops spray heated lacquer because cold lacquer spatters, requiring extra sanding. You should warm up your aerosol lacquer too, simply soak them in a sink of warm tap water.

Our ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit is a great choice for the first-time instrument maker. It includes our easy-to-apply clear gloss aerosol finish with the best instruction book available!

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 22, 2013

Especially nice for someone who doesn't do enough finishing to justify costly equipment.Acceptable results.

Great finish from a can!

By Big Rand from Traverse City MI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I used this to coat my new Mighty Mite Telecaster neck. I used about one and one half cans to apply 9 thin-meduim coats. Drys fast, resist's running, and is not sticky once it cures. Great stuff!

Good product of begginner

By Doug M from Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 08, 2013

I'm an absolute beginner with refinishing guitars. I found the ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer worked well. The basic instructions that came with the product helped me learn how to deal with the application process. Very happy with how the final finish turned out.

Nitro spray

By MCE Guitars
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Great for coverage, must keep cans warm and in a dry area for application. Some "orange peel" effect if not applied properly. Sands well with 1600 grit.

Very Handy!

By the rev from norton kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 17, 2013

I've used the black for coloring headstocks and the clear for numerous projects and they both work fantastic. I use the aerosol clear gloss when refinishing bolt-on necks all the time and love not having to mix, set-up, and clean-up equipment every time!! Awesome stuff Stew-Mac!! My favorite company!!

Excellent Classic Nitro in a can!

By Will Michaels/Mike's Guitar Rescue from Lebanon, NH
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 26, 2013

Three light coats of Vintage Amber. Nine light coats of Clear. The results speak for themselves. Make sure your surface prep is as flawless as you can get it before you spray any material. Make sure you're surface is chemically clean before each spray coat is applied. Finish sanding will be a bit more intensive because you cannot get as fine a mist as you would with a pro level spray gun and compressor. But with careful application, the right amount of build up and proper curing time between careful wet finish sanding (I used 600 grit between coats) and each clear coat, you will get excellent results and a nice, hard, durable finish. After my final clear coat I let the finish cure for a couple of weeks, then worked my way from 800, 1000, 1500 and finally 2000 grit wet paper. I had a nice satin gloss before I did final rub out with polishing compound. The neck and body were treated exactly the same. Good stuff!

Much Better

By SOR from Perrysburg, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 17, 2013

I am building my fourth guitar, an archtop. On the previous three guitars, I used furniture lacquer purchased from a home improvement store. Although that finish looked good, the lacquer took a very long time to dry (especially on rosewood and mahogany) and reacted with the foam on my guitar stands (i.e., it melted). On the other hand, the ColorTone guitar lacquer looked great and dried very well on all woods (maple and mahogany). Sanding and buffing also were very easy with this product. I certainly will use this on all of my future projects (another guitar kit is on the way).

color tone guitar lacquer

By Merle from buffalo ny
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 11, 2012

I purchased this item for the finish coat on the guitar was refinishing. would use for the in between coats . What you need to do when use the cans is make your sweep with one even coat if you stop in middle of spray you will get the spatter. You need to get use to the aresol can. I have a sprayer that I use to put my clear finish coat on after I do all my painting. I would recomend to first timers .

Awesome unil Assembly

By Mark Z. from Palmdale, Ca
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 04, 2012

Im a first timer so I cant say for sure why what happened did.

I purchased the sanding sealer and the clear gloss to finish a guitar solid body. I used Transtint dyes. I followed the hints and tips. I think you can over warm the cans. I had some problems with runs on about the third or fourth coat with a can that was pretty warm to the touch. The runs were an easy fix. Block sanded them out, re sprayed, and repeated this until they were no longer visible. When I was done spraying the body hung in a spare room closet for 6 weeks. I finish sanded with 600, then 800, then 1000 grit. I rubbed the finish out with course rubbing compound for one pass then 2 passes with a medium rubbing compound. This body was beautiful! It is a trans red front and back with a trans red / burnt orange mix for the edges. It rubbed out to a very nice gloss. It you want no witness of swirls you need to rub out with a fine grit compound. This is a player, so I stopped at medium.

I was happy and excited about how this turned out. Thenà. I started assembly.
When I bolted up the Kahler hardtail bridge, the finish spider cracked around the edges where the wood compressed when the screws went from snug to tight. It a couple of places the finish even started flaking. These screws are not over tightened, but they are as tight as they need to be. I was a bit bummed, but itÆs a player so I continued. I bolted up the neck. I used a neck plate gasket. The same thing happened. Around the edges I got spider cracks and some flaking. The flat spot under the neck at the front of the neck pocket looks like a broken window with a zebra pattern. The finish just shattered there.
The finish seems brittle and non flexible. I reinforce my statement that I am a rookie at the finishing end of this. I have built many partscasters, this is just the first one I laid down a finish on. Was it something I did in the finish process? I donÆt know.

The tonal qualities are awesome. The difference between the factory poly finish and the ColorTone nitro is noticeable even for someone without a trained ear. This guitar has a cleaner and more resonance tone to it now. This guitar has moved up to my #1 go to.

I thought the lacquer was supposed to be more flexible. Even though Im disappointed with the cracking, Im happy with the guitar. You cant see the cracks from two feet away, so from a Hollywood point of view, it doesnÆt matter.

ColorTone Clear and Red

By Patterson Churchill from Ossian, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 11, 2012

I know nothing about applying nitrocelulose lacquer, never did it before. StewMac's products made this very easy. Followed directions on can and website, was very patient, worked in a well ventilated place. Nice results considering it was my first project using lacquer. The project was a Cajon Box Drum made from scraps of plywood around our farm.

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