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.

Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of nitrocellulose finishing.

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4.5
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2.0

Tobacco Brown Sputter

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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.

5.0

Restoration

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I purchased several colors of Colortone lacquer to restore the finish on an old guitar. It worked well. A little testing on scrap wood and I was ready to spray the guitar which turned out well.

3.0

Colortone Amber

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The quality of the finish is wonderful but the tint of amber is a crap shoot from can to can. It ranges from slightly banana to Listerine. It needs to be a consistent caramel color. I'm still thankful it is available at the price.

5.0

Getting Great Results...

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My second sunburst is completed. I picked up a beat up pink (metallic sunset) guitar on ebay, knowing that these rattle cans would take me where i needed to go. I am very pleased with my results. The colors are great but you need to practice before you go hot. I read all the internet info and watched the pros do sprays right before i sprayed mine. I would recommend these lacquers for beginners to pro. Easy to use and great results.

5.0

Impressive

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Easily the best, follow the directions as to warming the can and it sprays very smooth and even.

5.0

works like magic

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These lacquer tints are easy to use and simplify custom staining your woodwork.There is plenty of material in each can for several projects.I'll definitely have this on my supply shelf from now on.

5.0

Great Time saver!!!!

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If you don't have spray equipment or don't want to set it up for one project this is the way to go . Excellent colors, easy to use and easy clean up. It don't get no better!!!!

5.0

Great way to add some vintage warmth to your finish.

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I used this on a late nineties Squier neck I bought for a project and it made the Chinese maple neck look like a 60 year old vintage Tele neck. The spray pattern and flow were good as were its ability to seal and cover some minor imperfections. Highly recommended if you like a warm vintage look.

5.0

Smooth as Silk

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For my first finishing job ever, this lacquer was fantastic. I heated the cans in warm water and the spray was smooth as silk. The How-To articles on the StewMac site we easy to follow. I can't believe this finish came out of a can! Starting my second finishing job in a few weeks with ColorTone Lacquers.

4.0

Tinted lacquers were excellent, but the black had problems.

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My son was building a bass guitar for his senior project, and he wanted to do a sunburst finish on it. After reviewing the Trade Secret on doing a spray can sunburst finish, we were slightly less intimidated to give it a try. The tinted lacquers worked perfectly and sprayed in a nice fine mist when warmed. The black however, was a different story.

We just couldn't keep it from splattering and it went on too thick even when warmed. As a result, we weren't able to get the fading effect on the black edge. Unfortunately, we had to finish it due to his deadline, but we'll probably refinish it later and try it again with a different brand of black.

Other than that, the tinted lacquers were great. We used the vintage amber and cherry red, and the colors were beautiful.

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