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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3 or more $16.52
ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Cherry Red

Cherry Red

Item # 5881
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3 or more $16.52
ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Tobacco Brown

Tobacco Brown

Item # 5882
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3 or more $16.52
ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Red Mahogany

Red Mahogany

Item # 5883
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3 or more $16.52
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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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Tinted Lacquer

By will2027 from Winnsboro,LA  - USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 12, 2011

I liked the color just don't get in a hurry. Spray several light coats and let tack off between coats. The price with shipping is very expensive for a spray can of paint. Guess I'm going to start trying to mix my own, but if you want quick and easy this works.

Tinting a Neck- by a newby!

By Riclin from Niagara Falls, Ont. Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 30, 2011

Very happy with the instructions and information on the product. Being my first time tinting a neck , I was quite happy with the professional result and little fuss it took to achieve it. Results were far better then I expected. I have already ordered more.

Gorgeous colors

By pmccombs from Orem, UT
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My 15 year-old daughter built her own guitar. She painted it with ColorTone Vintage Amber and Cherry Red. It looks great.

Epiphone FT-160N restoration

By Bonneur from South Bend, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011

Replaced early Japanese factory 12 string top and back that had been destroyed. In order to match the replacement mahogany back to the original sides and neck tone, I stripped the finish from all remaining wood except for the ebony headstock veneer and used this lacquer as the first coat. The tone color did not replicate the original Epiphone color exactly but was too close for the untrained eye to notice.


By gman10000 from Mesa, Az.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 26, 2011

I have used many StewMac products and have always been pleased with the quality and the service.


By norm from laguna beach
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 23, 2011

easy to work with the amber created a very nice old patina on a vintage restoration and face refinish thanks

Wonderful color match...dries quick, sands easily

By Julian Dale Barton from Odenton, Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 17, 2011

I recently acquired 8 new, or almost new Epiphone guitars...mostly Les Pauls. They all had broken headstocks. I needed to glue and splice each one. I have some SM touch-up videos that I used as a guide. I'm very happy with the result. For a first time attempt at color touch-up it's not bad. I have a long way to go to perfect my technique. PLEASE be careful with ventilation and personal protection. I was careless and got an amazing lacquer buzz/hangover. I know better but was excited to finish a particular instrument. Good price, fast shipping!!

Amber tint

By B Wall @ Nickel Basses from Nashville TN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 13, 2011

This is some great stuff... if you use it correctly. Warm the can in hot tap water and be sure to always clear the nozzle after use.

Spray the amber differently than other colors on a maple neck. Use it sparingly or it turns orange... one very light dusting coat. Spray your clear on the amber as soon as it's tacky and it will help blend the amber and even it out completely.

Worked Exactly As Promised

By WayneB from Lutherville,MD
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 08, 2011

This was my first time working on a guitar finish. I followed the instructions provided and it came out perfectly.

Great option for finishing without the expensive equipment!!

By Steve Remy from Washington, DC
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 27, 2011

I have used this product for refinishing necks and bodies. My most recent project was a sunburst using Vintage Amber for the base, Cherry Red and for the first inner ring and Red Mahogany for the edge, sides and back. Made sure to put the cans in hot water to bring up the temp first and it came out perfect. Followed up with Clear Coat and finishing with a wet sanding and buffing process. Looks like a custom finish. Great Product!!

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