ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vintage Amber

Vintage Amber

Item # 5880
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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Cherry Red

Cherry Red

Item # 5881
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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Tobacco Brown

Tobacco Brown

Item # 5882
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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Red Mahogany

Red Mahogany

Item # 5883
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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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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

Application instructions and a finishing schedule for ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquers.

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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ColorTone Cherry Red tinted lacquer spray

By JeffG from KC area
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm very happy with the results using this spray. I had a quilted maple detail panel for an amp that I dyed black, then shot a cherry color coat using this spray. Turned out great, no problems with the nozzle. Really matched up well with the red/black snakeskin detail on the amp.

Beyond belief!

By MacToad from Walden, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's actually true, you CAN get a factory finish right out of a can! Used less than one can to do TWO guitars, aceiving a PERFECT MATCH to factory Gibson SG finish. VERY IMPRESSED!!

Love the results of the amber and cherry

By awphooeey from Poway,CA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 09, 2012

A little medium brown dye mixed with amber dye sprayed with vintage amber makes a solid butterscotch.

Worst nozzle ever

By CJJ from Missoula, MT
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 08, 2012

Color is nice, but the spray nozzle is terrible. Spits and sputters even after heating the can to 90 degrees. Can't clear the nozzle after spraying as it always spits out a bit more lacquer as you stop the spray when upside down. Tried using a nozzle off of another type of spray lacquer, but it wouldn't fit these cans. Will never buy again.

Too yellow.

By Mike F from Vermont
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 24, 2012

I bought the vintage amber tinted lacquer to add some depth to a spalted maple top. It was much more yellow than I expected and the spray quality was poor. The lacquer I usually use is a better quality spray nozzle. I will think hard about buying again.

Heated Spray

By Ron Brown from Rapid City, South Dakota
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 23, 2012

I ordered and used the tinted laquer to refinish my vintage Earl Scruggs Gibson banjo neck. I read the directions to the letter including heating the spray before using it and can only rave at what a difference it makes. Not only does it fill better the the finish is like a mirror. I will be heating all the spray cans I use now on everything, thanks for the tip and good products.

Amazing Color

By Ben wheeler from NH
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 07, 2012

This was my first time ever doing a sunburst finish and this product was able to get me great results. There was little to no spatter when spraying when the cans where warmed. These cans are the best way to go without buying high end spray equipment.

Hands down the best

By Twangjunkie from Lansdowne, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 23, 2012

I recently used your Vintage Amber Aerosol Lacquer and I have to say it is definately the easiest spray can I have ever used. I cannot say enough about how good the finish came out and I am no professional by any stretch of the imagination. I have tried other brands but from now on I will not waste my time. I will only use your Colortone Tinted Aerosol Sprays.

Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

By mrcrowl from Eldersburg, Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 07, 2011

These are great paints, and getting the tri-color starburst design was really not that hard at all. If you are thinking about doing a starburst, this is the product for you.

Follow the instructions in the sidebar on the StewMac page, give the lacquers a nice warm bath, and the application will be a pleasant experience. Suggest you sand the guitar very well beforehand with at least 600 grit, and then have patience, patience, patience. I can't wait to buff this guitar out! Spray it outside or your wife will never let you live it down.

Tobacco Brown Sputter

By Mister from Brevard County
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 05, 2011

First thing I ordered from Stew Mac that I wish I hadn't bought. Pretty dark, builds really quickly but nice color. Hard to keep transparent especially with all the sputtering. Sputtering was unmanageable - even after warming can.
No problem with the clear coats.

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