ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vintage Amber

Vintage Amber

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Cherry Red

Cherry Red

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Tobacco Brown

Tobacco Brown

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Red Mahogany

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

Traditional finishes made simple! Ideal for touch-up work, or for finishing an entire instrument. Fast-drying and resistant to alcohol and water.

Formulated specifically for musical instruments. Tinted and sunbursted nitrocellulose lacquer finishes never go out of style. Now you can finish your instruments in beautiful traditional colors that enhance the wood grain, without complicated spray equipment.
13-ounce spray cans.

ColorTone® Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer can be sprayed over smooth unfinished wood; over sanded basecoats of grain filler; over ColorTone nitrocellulose Sanding Sealer, and over ColorTone Stains. Spray additional coats of ColorTone Clear Aerosol Guitar Lacquer for a hard, durable finish with a deep gloss.

Aerosol spraying is an economical way for the beginner to apply a finish. Aerosols produce a slightly rougher surface than spray guns however, and more sanding of the clear topcoats may be needed for a level finished surface. Tinted coats should not be sanded.

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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How to spray a sunburst using aerosol cans

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

Product Instructions

ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

Application instructions and a finishing schedule for ColorTone Tinted 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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I really enjoyed using this stuff.
Once i figured out the technique
I got results i was very satisfied with.

4.0

great classic shading tones

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traditional sunburst quick / my only complaint is the nozzle furnished is not compatible with my snap on spray can handle / spray with care and watch out for drips

5.0

Color Tone Tinted Spray Lacquer

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Stew Macs Color Tone Lacquers are lightly tinted, so the color builds with the applied thin coats. The tops have a very fine spray that is easy to control and put where you want it. I have used all the color tints except for Tobacco Brown. The Vintage Amber is perfect for ageing a Fender neck or Spruce top. With 9 or 10 coats of clear on top, the finishes look deep. Cures hard after about 10-12 days. Buffs out to a brilliant lustre. The top on this tele copy is sealer/sand, 3 coats Vintage Amber, 9 coats clear gloss. The neck looks even better. Wet sanded to 2000. Rubbed out and buffed.

5.0

StewMac sunburst spray lacquers

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I used the StewMac sunburst vintage amber, red mahogany, and tobacco brown finishes on a LP junior project to achieve a finish that looked more like an old school custom finish and I couldn't be happier! The finishes were shipped fast and came with some good common sense instructions for application that were a nice refresher and helpful even for a guy who has been spraying finishes for 30 years. The StewMac Lacquer is of an excellent quality and consistency which made the application really easy to achieve professional looking results with just a little patience and attention to detail. The build up was good, the dry time was fast and it wet sanded out beautifully! From now on, I am not going to use any other guitar finishing product if it is available from StewMac! I have tried other products that have been both more and less expensive but none of them compare! For cost, quality, and value, look no further! Thanks for providing quality products for the professional as well as the home enthusiast!

5.0

Great for spraying unfinished tweed amps.

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I used this on a classic tweed amp to get a "vintage" look. Works great!

2.0

Tints are too strong, should be reduced. IMO

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This is good idea, but I found the mixtures to be too strong, too much tint applied too fast. It's impossible to get a subtle gradation with the amount of color that lays down in one spray, it's almost as strong a paint. StewMac should reduce the tone by 70%. I tried the Vintage Amber, Red Mahogany, and Tobacco Brown.

5.0

Easy to use!

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I bought all four cans, to replicate the famous brock burst. Following the StewMac finishing guide, I started with two sealer coats, then the vintage amber. I put two more light coats of clear over the vintage amber, then sprayed red mahogany burst and very lightly misted some tobacco brown around the outside. Finally, I sprayed the cherry red over the red mahogany burst and got a really deep dark burgundy red. The pic shown is prior to binding scraping and clear coating. And it looks a lot better in person too, since red shows up so poorly in pics. i would recommend these to any beginner! They're pretty easy to use.

4.0

Working with Nitro

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I've done two guitars working with Amber and Tobacco tinted Nitrocellulose. If you warm them up as directed, they are easy to use and look fantastic. One problem is the fumes; you'll have to use a respirator of some sort. The other thing youÆll need to understand is donÆt rush your project; have your body filled, sanded and clean. Now for the negative, I tried my first tobacco burst and found the spray area too concentrated to fade the burst and it took some work to make it look acceptable. IÆm sure people can do it with rattle cans but I found it difficult. Overall, a very good quality paint.

1.0

Be Careful

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I read some reviews beforehand about this product yellowing too much (this is not my first finish job) and decided to give it a go on my LP refinish and a current customer's J-Bass. Luckily I used it on my LP first. After warming the lacquer (and yes I checked the temp) the can spit like crazy after shaking for a solid minute. After multiple spits and a light misting coat, I decided to look at my work. The once yellow finish turned as orange as a basketball. I always use Naptha as well on my stains/finish before I spray anything and with the Naptha it did not yellow. I stripped the guitar and started all over. A shame really but I'm glad I used it on my own guitar before I tried it on a customer's bass. I would not recommend this to anyone for either toning or finishing. Nor would I even attempt to use this particular product again.

5.0

Great product for beginners!

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I enjoy assembling and finishing kit guitars. These areosols paints are perfect for beginners to use. Practice on scrap first and you'll find when you paint your guitar it will look very close to a professional look prior to the final rub out. The spray is very even and makes it very convienent to use. Highly recommended. Don't forget to use a mask and read all your directions.

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