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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vintage Amber

Vintage Amber

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Cherry Red

Cherry Red

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Tobacco Brown

Tobacco Brown

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Red Mahogany

Red Mahogany

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

About This Item

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!

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to spray a sunburst using aerosol cans

Erick Coleman uses tinted aerosols to recreate a vintage Strat 3-tone 'burst.

Instructions

Product Instructions

ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

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

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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

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4.0

Great for necks

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I have used it for several Strat/Tele necks for folks who want that classic look. Only problem I've encountered have been defective spray nozzles on several cans.

5.0

stewart mac donald  great products great tools

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vintage lacquer works great on guitars and tweed amps and cases.!!!

5.0

Great for projects

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This is a quality produce. Yes thanks to StewMac you can achieve a quality professional finish from a aerosol can

5.0

Great stuff!

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I used it to finish a pair of raw maple bass drum hoops and they turned out great. You can still see the wood grain under the lacquer which is what I wanted. Color is identical if not very close to what is pictured - I used the vintage amber color.

3.0

Great and accurate shade but a few issues.

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Ive used a lot of this stuff and ive noticed you have to be extremely careful with how you spray it. Literally without fail it WILL spray tiny black dots on your otherwise perfect paint job. I dont know if the black is little plastic bits from the nozzle or in the paint but its a problem. Also if you warm the cans you do have a better chance or getting a nice pattern but being its a translucent mix, the slightest splatter could ruin an otherwise uniform pattern. My advice is if youre going to spray this shade to not get the can and buy instead the vintage amber dye and make your own and apply it with an airbrush. The mysterious black dots are unacceptable.

Response from StewMac

Thank you for you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We’re sorry that your experience with the ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Lacquer resulted in tiny black dots showing up on your work--this is indeed unacceptable. We tested many cans of our current stock, however we were unable to recreate the problem. It’s possible there was dried finish built up in the tip, which can be avoided by soaking the nozzle in lacquer thinner, and by holding the can upside down and spraying until only air comes out after each coat.

Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace or refund. Call us 1-800-848-2273 so we can make it right.

5.0

for what I use it for its great !

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best I can use.

5.0

Great lacquers! Note on nozzles.

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Managed to get several bodies ready for paint shop and didn't feel like getting spray equipment out. These were just the ticket. Note on the Amber, it's very bright and gets brighter as you build coats. It's fine for "factory fresh" look on classic sunbursts. I wound up mixing my own "older" Amber and spraying it. However the Aged Clear Lacquer will tone the bright amber down to a more vintage base color. Spatter can be a problem so clean nozzles frequently with blush eraser (I found three cleanings per side of a sunburst worked good).
Spray nozzles, not all are created alike, nor are the cans. Some nozzles are definitely better because they spray an even vertical strip (horizontal indentation across nozzle oriface) as opposed to the classic diffused cone nozzle at the hardware store (simple spray hole). I liked the control of the more complex nozzle and have identified some favorites that I move from can to can. You maybe able to fit some of the Montana graffiti nozzles to cans too (hint hint StewMac).
Try them, you should like them.

3.0

Use 'Em Up

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I've been using SM lacquer for a few years now; several guitars, several cans. The most valuable lesson I learned using them is: use 'em up... can't have just a bit in the can and expect good coverage as they will splatter much easier.

5.0

Simple and effective

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No frills, perfect performance. This lacquer, if instructions are followed, is easily applied and the finish looks lovely. Perfect amber tint, not too orange or dark. Looks like a 45 year old nitro should!

5.0

A real time saver

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I didn't really need very much of this product, but it was worth it to obtain the exact match that I required. I've always thought that the access panels on certain Les Paul guitars looked rather strange as in the case of the one I have the panels were a cream color, while the back & sides of the guitar were Red Mahogany. I prepped the panels and in minutes the job was done and the result was in a word, Great!

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