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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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The easiest way to spray a professional finish! Produces a beautiful traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finish, without elaborate spray equipment.

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
3881 Clear gloss
Cannot ship by air or outside the U.S.
3 or more $10.27  

3882 Clear satin
Cannot ship by air or outside the U.S.
3 or more $10.27  

3883 Clear sanding sealer
Cannot ship by air or outside the U.S.
3 or more $10.27  

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ColorTone® Clear Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is formulated especially for musical instruments. Fast-drying and resistant to alcohol and water, it produces a hard, durable finish that enhances the beauty of the wood.

Available in convenient 13-ounce spray cans.

ColorTone® Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer can be applied over smooth bare wood, sanded basecoats of grain filler, ColorTone Sanding Sealer, and over ColorTone Stains. Perfect for touch-up work, or for finishing an entire instrument. The rotating-tip nozzle can spray a horizontal or vertical pattern.

Aerosol spraying is an economical way for the beginner to apply a first finish without elaborate setup or equipment. Aerosols produce a slightly rougher surface than spray guns, however, and more sanding may be needed for a level surface.

How many cans do you need?
Electric guitar neck
Solid body electric
Acoustic guitar
Archtop guitar
Banjo rim and neck
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
4 to 6 cans
4 to 6 cans
3 to 4 cans
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
3 to 4 cans
Number of cans needed may vary depending on how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

ColorTone Clear Satin Lacquer typically requires fewer coats. Successive thin coats should be sanded to maintain a level surface. Don't sand the final coat; the flattener in the lacquer will give a smooth satin appearance.

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 Aerosol Guitar Lacquer
ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer
4.5 out of 5 stars
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5 4-29-2013

great item

B3  NoCal
5 4-24-2013
Easy to Use, Great Finish

Despite this being the first finish I did ever, this product was easy to use and created a fantastic finish.

Brian2840  Wauconda, IL
5 4-11-2013
Like the spray

Use on repair work. I like that you can adjust the fan spray pattern

Greg J.  Austin, TX Read my reviews (3)
4 3-31-2013
Real Nitro

Some individuals say that new nitro doesn't gas off or eventually weather check like the old stuff. Since there are NO UV inhibitors or any other protectants in it, the same results will be seen even with a new product. For my last refinish I used Poly (time constraints) and had some Stew Mac Nitro cans left over that I sprayed on some test wood to test this theory of mine out. I let that wood sit in my outside closet for several months and much to my surprise; I looked at some nice checked wood. So for the vintage enthusiast, this product is a must! Refinishing my LP again, so it's time for some nitro.

Plexi71  NC
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5 3-31-2013
Nice Finish!

It's amazing that I can get a finish like this without any experience at all! Thanks Stewmac!

DJB  USA Read my reviews (4)
5 3-30-2013
Super Nitro

Easy to use with great results after wet sand, just make sure to take the proper precautions to protect yourself. The fumes are gnarly as you've probably read or heard about.

In Orbit Studios  Hawthorne, CA Read my reviews (4)
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5 3-23-2013
Stewmac products

Stewmac has one of the most comprehensive lines of products for the luthier craft available. I have purchased many of their products for various refinishing and repair projects over the years. I am not a professional and the support they offer is invaluable to me. I have recently used their nitro finishes in the replacement of the back of a Fender 12 string. If you follow the suggested procedure the outcome is excellent. I would recommend their products to anyone.

Hagdaddy  Riverton, WY Read my reviews (3)
4 3-22-2013

Especially nice for someone who doesn't do enough finishing to justify costly equipment.Acceptable results.

5 3-20-2013
Great finish from a can!

I used this to coat my new Mighty Mite Telecaster neck. I used about one and one half cans to apply 9 thin-meduim coats. Drys fast, resist's running, and is not sticky once it cures. Great stuff!

Big Rand  Traverse City MI Read my reviews (16)
5 3-08-2013
Good product of begginner

I'm an absolute beginner with refinishing guitars. I found the ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer worked well. The basic instructions that came with the product helped me learn how to deal with the application process. Very happy with how the final finish turned out.

Doug M  Ontario, Canada
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