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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer 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?
INSTRUMENT
Electric guitar neck
Solid body electric
Acoustic guitar
Archtop guitar
Mandolin
Ukulele
Dulcimer
Banjo rim and neck
SEALER
none
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
LACQUER
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!

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

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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

Lacquer in a can, what a helper!

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These canned ColorTone lacquers help me do the little stuff so I don't have to break out any spray guns, even though they can certainly be used for larger projects.

5.0

excellent product, works as advertized

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this one is much better than the clear high gloss lacquer spray cans normally found in big hardware stores. More glossy.

5.0

 rattle can laquer

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for years i have been doing things the old school way. mix delute spray gun wait weeks and then finish.
picked up a can if color tone sealer and satin laquer to make finish repairs on a neck and lo and behold within 24 hours it was repaired and back in action. no need to wait weeks and weeks for the spray gun method to cure depending on the size and quality you need this stuff works. will keep it around for sure.

5.0

satin nitro

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excellent product. the spray pattern and consistency are comparable to professional grade air compressor equipment. it's easy to apply, the flash time is quick, and will yield results exceeding expectations. highly recommended.
-sully

5.0

Nice clearcoat.

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It's possible to get a very nice glassy finish with this product. Seems to work much better with many light coats with wet sanding in between. You must wait 2 weeks to cure before final buffing.

5.0

Sealed it

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Used this as the final seal on a shellac over Tweed cabinet. Dried fast, gave it a durable finish. The glossy looks very cool on the Tweed.

5.0

Stew-Mac finish

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Hi folks,
So I used the Stew-Mac line of finishing products after years of using lots of different brands. I was very pleased with their products and the tips are great for you beginners.

My only words of wisdom for those out there is take your time and never rush a finish.
customer service is great as well.
Thanks Stew-Mac

5.0

Good stuff!

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Used this on a neck first. Went on well, but runs easily if you're not careful. Sealed the mahogany beautifully.

5.0

Great for guys like me w/out compressor

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You can actually do pro work w/ cans? Yes. I bought and read Dan's book on guit finishing (a great book). But you can do this w/out the book just w/ the instructions on the can. This was my first project of trying to do it right, w/ guit finishing. It was an SX Resonator guitar. Nice wood, but a crappy finish to start with.

I stripped it, then used the StewMac sanding sealer then gloss lacquer. I did about 20 coats, which used around 3 or 4 cans (can't remember). I'm super happy w/ the result. I still have to do the final sanding/buffing. But now i know: guitar finishing is doable by amateurs like me! So go for it!

5.0

Aerosol Lacquer Works GREAT!

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I have used Stew-Mac's ColorTone Aerosol Lacquers on several projects, and it gives a great finish. Just follow the instructions, take your time and you will be impressed!

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