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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Very satisfied!

By Pat from Cumberland, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This was my first time using these particular tinted lacquers. The colors were consistently fabulous and surprising controllable for spray cans. They are VERY soft. I will most definately use these again, but I will also double up on clear coats.

Great for Necks

By Eric Cornett from Vilas NC 28692
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 13, 2010

Tobacco and Med Brown Works great as a base color coat to match Mahogany necks to Rosewood, without the hassle and the darker heel you get when using stain.

Amber Tint

By Big Jon from Tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 13, 2010

Works great if you apply lightly. If you want darker use multiple coats.


By bruce from bunnell,fl
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 18, 2010

love the colors. the intermitant spitting however can ruin alot of work.


By Chris from TX
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 12, 2010

Very simple to use and the colors look great. The clearcoat you can sand and buff to an amazing shine. If your used to using clear with a hardener this clear is not durable enough. But it shines great.

Awesome product

By Luke from Maine, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Following the instructions leads to a great result. I used the sanding sealer, black and clear coat and I have an excellent finish as a result. The spray pattern on these cans are better than most competitors and the biggest thing I found to reduce "spitting" was to make sure the cans were at over 70 degrees.

Good way to ruin your entire day

By James Einolf from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 27, 2010

I ordered several cans of ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer. One arrived without a spray cap. All of them spitted and spat when I used them, leaving tiny globs of paint in the midst of an otherwise perfect sunburst. I ended up having to sand everything back to the wood and refinish with Behlen products. The quality control on these paints is awful. Don't waste your money - use the Behlen products instead and save yourself a lot of time and frustration.


By David Saslow from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 25, 2010

Although I am only 15, I have been building guitars for 3 years. I can't believe how well it works. I made a cherry red mahogany Telecaster, and the paint was perfect.

Great for the occasional build.

By xfriendsonfirex from Florida, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 15, 2010

While I would definitely recommend a set of quality spray equipment for repeated builds, these cans of nitrocellulose are absolutely amazing in a pinch. Would gladly buy them for future builds.

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