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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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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Awesome !!!!!

By ForgivinPicker from Drumright, Okla.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This product is amazing, If you can read and follow directions you can make you guitar look great. I will be using these products again and again...Thanks

Cherry Red Spray tint

By Ron Vaughan from Destin Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 13, 2011

For the first time I tried the cherry red tinting lacquer. I have read this is a great product and I have to agree. The one draw back I had with the product is that the tip of the spray can does not have a pattern to disperse the product in a wide pattern. I ended up with light and dark streaks across the body of the guitar I was working on. After a repeated attempt and the same result I went back to the tried and true of mixing my own tints in a spray gun.

Don't let me hold you back from this product. With the tip it comes with it is great for bursts and detail work. Just don't try a whole body till they give us an optional tip that will give a wide spray pattern

Sunburst In A Can

By joe sharp from north richland hills,tx
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 20, 2010

Excellent results as long as you warm up the cans as directed!

Vintage in a can

By Ericsin from Ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Excellent just make sure to warm the can and keep them inside if it freezes outside or in your garage


By Jonah from Buffalo, N.Y.
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 22, 2010

I bought the Vintage Amber for a fretboard project, and it turned out........Unreal. I thought Aerosol cans were for cheap painting. I guess I thought wrong! An absolute Stew Mac WIN!

Tinted Amber Lacquer helps 'age' and touch up old necks

By Will Kelly from Cary, North Carolina
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 16, 2010

I use the Stew Mac tinted Amber lacquer quite a bit in my shop. When the job's small, and I don't want to mix up a tinted batch of lacquer for a minor touch up, I reach for the Amber Tint Lacquer cans. With some patience and some knowledge, you can really do a great job on 'aged' Fender necks, or simply touching up an old guitar's finish that has darkened due to age. You control the amount of shading by the number of passes you make with the spray can,pretty foolproof.


By stratman stew from Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 08, 2010

These Lacquer Tints work great for my relic projects. Long lasting finish (alcohol & water proof)that wears like the real thing.

Beautiful and rich

By E. Stelling from Hesperia, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 06, 2010

These go on easy and look great. One can is enough for one body and matching headstock, but if you want really deep/dark color use two. I use two because if I need to go back and retouch an area I got it covered.

I love this stuff!!

By Back Porch Mojo from Southern Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 17, 2010

I love this stuff!! its too easy to work with, dries fast... really fast and it blends so well its easy to custom color stuff!!

Good Results

By A. Scott from Tulsa OK
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 02, 2010

I like the ease of use. I used the cherry red to refinish a 335 with excellent results. To the users that had problems with splattering, you might try making sure that the lacquer is warm and be careful to clear the spray nozzles between coats.

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