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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

Clear Satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer 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 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!

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

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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

Does a great job at a fraction of the price of other sellers. 

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Like the title says, this nitro clear coat does a fantastic job, and at a much lower cost than what you can find from other providers. I will certainly use this product again.

4.0

nice finish, a little pricy

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I like the results but thought the product was a little pricy. I think I'll try a brush on finish next time, had to wet sand anyway....

5.0

Great finish

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I'm a wood turner and read about this finish. I am very happy with results. It goes on easy and does not run. I applied with the lathe running at about 250RPM. I think I have found my new go to finish.

5.0

ColorTone aerosol lacquer

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This is the second round of ColorTone clear lacquer and sanding sealer I've purcased. Follow the instructions and don't get in a hurry. you will be satisfied with the outcome. I don't have alot of space for a spray booth and i don't plan on making large amounts of instruments that require a finish. However, I finished my first home made guitar over the summer and I could not have done this easily without the aerosol can option. I made a custom tele out of a single slab of tupelo, quilted maple top, and double bound (black and white) top and bottom. This next round is going on a strat copy I made in college 20+ years ago and never got to finish. Thanks Again StewMac. And wish me luck.

5.0

Clear satin spray

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Keep in mind that I have thousands of hours of working in a professional setting spraying lacquers, catalyzed, alkyd, and acrylic materials. I was a bit apprehensive about ordering any kind of material to be applied with "Rattle Can". Being the retired cynic that i am, I did not feel like tracking down the material out here in the "Peoples Republic of California" just to spray the back of a guitar. So I thought I would just "Drink the Grape Kool Aid" and order this stuff against my better judgement.I was pleasantly surprised at the nice wide spray pattern that the nozzles give.The material seemed to have decent amour of solids and "Flowed Out" very well. In a pinch these are a great bargain rather that setting up a HVLP unit and having to clean it out.with thinner or acetone.

5.0

Excellent Choice for the Low Volume Luthier

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I've been using StewMac's Aerosol Nitrocellulose for years and have never been disappointed. I'm able to get a highly reflective, durable finish, and -- if you're careful to not spray too aggressively -- you shouldn't get any runs. The price is also reasonable compared to a local woodworking shop.

5.0

Good alternative

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I have used the Gloss spray can and found it to be better than expected.
In fact, the END result (ie after sanding flat and buffing) was the same as any other professionally applied finish. You just have to deal with a bit more orange peel etc .

Shake and warm the can up I warm water, shake again and spray away.
It didn't lay down as nice n flat as my $1000 spray equipment, but I never thought it would.

I've seen a 3 tone sun burst done with cans and it also looked good.

5.0

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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Lays down nice and polishes up sweet.
What more do you want?

5.0

Color tone aerosol guitar lacquer 

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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

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