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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

Clear Satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vinyl Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

About This Item

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 Sealers, 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.

ColorTone Sealers have a high solids content and provide excellent adhesion for lacquer topcoats. For opaque finishes, refinishing projects or oily woods, choose the moisture-resistant Vinyl Sealer for the basecoats. For spraying a transparent finish, we recommend Sanding Sealer as a base, followed with ColorTone lacquer.

ColorTone Sealers are flexible and compatible with many different finish types. Do not exceed more than 2 coats of sealer.

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: No sealer, 2 to 3 cans lacquer
  • Solid body electric: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Acoustic or archtop guitar: 1 can sealer, 4 to 6 cans lacquer
  • Mandolin or dulcimer: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Banjo rim and neck: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Ukulele: 1 can sealer, 2 to 3 cans lacquer

Number of cans needed may vary depending on how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

Clear Satin 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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Instructions

Product Instructions

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

Application instructions for ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers.

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of nitrocellulose finishing.

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5.0

Color tone aerosol guitar lacquer 

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Verified Buyer


I have used this product many, many times always getting perfect results.
I have also used the vintage amber as well.
I swear by thsee products.
Thanks Guys!
Corky Stasiak

2.0

Bad Nozzles

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I think that the lacquer itself is fine, but the nozzles that stew mac uses on these cans are poor quality and spatter when you try to spray. This is even after I followed the instructions by warming up the cans (for a solid 45 minutes...these cans were warm) before using and the nozzle was brand new and clean. Having the same issue on all 3 cans I bought. I see that stew mac separately sells a better "upgraded" nozzle pack (Item # 5058)...maybe they should just include these better nozzles with all stew mac sprays.

Response from StewMac

We are sorry to hear the aerosol lacquer was producing spatter even after warming up the cans. We would be happy to replace these for you as you may have received a defective can. Please give us a call or send us an email at any time. One of our Customer Service Representatives would be happy to assist you.

-Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

Great Lacquer

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Verified Buyer


Smells strong but worth the wait to get a great finish on artistic guitars. Love this stuff!

5.0

Do-it-yourself lacquer aerosol

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Verified Buyer


This review is basically reiterating my comment on the Black nitrocellulose aerosol lacquer cans Stew-Mac sells. Excellent product quality, been sitting on a shelf in a hallway for six years and the stuff sprays perfectly. Apparently, you don't have to be concerned about using a partial can on a job and then waiting (even years) to use it again. It's to be trusted. I'm betting everyone else has the same story about these cans: Kudos to Stew-Mac. I couldn't tell the difference between the new product and the old when I sprayed a guitar neck recently.

5.0

Clear as a bell.

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Verified Buyer


Beautifully transparent and virtually spit free. Combine this with the V-grip Universal Spray Handle and you have reliable and inexpensive spray system. I have a HVLP system which is great for production but for one offs this can't be beat.

3.0

Lacquer is great but the nozzel is terrible!

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I've used Color Tone Aerosol Lacquers for over the past 10 years a few guitars with difficult success. The problem isn't the lacquer but the NOZZEL or actuator. It doesn't spray a study fan shaped nearly as well study as the automotive color lacquers available at the auto parts store. It is a shame because the colors and shader lacquers are nice!

5.0

Guitar Lacquer

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Verified Buyer


Been using the product for years, great sealer, retains the wood's beauty!

5.0

excellant

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Verified Buyer


This clear works great. This will build nicely and covers very well.

5.0

Clear coat

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Great stuff..

4.0

Easiest and quickest way to finish a guitar

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Since I live in southern Louisiana, the heat and humidity make finishing guitars difficult. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon are the best times during the summer. These are easy and fast. Once you get the feel of them, you learn how to spray even coats without runs. Just finished this beautiful little 00-12 fret right before the flooding and we all survived.

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