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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 Clear Sanding Sealer

Clear Sanding 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 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: 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!

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to spray a sunburst using aerosol cans

Erick Coleman uses tinted aerosols to recreate a vintage Strat 3-tone 'burst.

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

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Use on repair work. I like that you can adjust the fan spray pattern

5.0

Nice Finish!

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It's amazing that I can get a finish like this without any experience at all! Thanks Stewmac!

5.0

Super Nitro

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Easy to use with great results after wet sand, just make sure to take the proper precautions to protect yourself. The fumes are gnarly as you've probably read or heard about.

5.0

Stewmac products

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Stewmac has one of the most comprehensive lines of products for the luthier craft available. I have purchased many of their products for various refinishing and repair projects over the years. I am not a professional and the support they offer is invaluable to me. I have recently used their nitro finishes in the replacement of the back of a Fender 12 string. If you follow the suggested procedure the outcome is excellent. I would recommend their products to anyone.

4.0

NICE ALTERNATIVE

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

5.0

Great finish from a can!

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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!

5.0

Good product of begginner

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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.

4.0

Nitro spray

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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.

5.0

Very Handy!

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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!!

5.0

Excellent Classic Nitro in a can!

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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!

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