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.

Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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A good choice for light ambering

By mikrow from Huntington Beach, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 22, 2013


these colors vary from re ranch and others..they do go on nicely, a quality product

A perfect alternative to a spray gun and compressor

By Eric C. from Las Vegas,Nv.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Just warm it up in a bowl of hot tap water for five minutes and it sprays flawlessly! Great amber color. Cellini custom guitars. Las Vegas,nv

Great product

By Big Mike Griffin from LaVergne TN
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 13, 2013


Tinted several necks with this product. Very nice results. Highly recommend.

Nice product!

By Paul Hoogeveen from Hudson, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 27, 2013


This was my first attempt at using a tinted aerosol lacquer to finish an instrument. (I am long familiar with clear lacquer.) After royally screwing up a first attempt due to overly aggressive buffing/polishing, my second attempt worked quite well and resulted in a very nice amber finish on a pochette fiddle. If you have never used a product like this before, PRACTICE fist! I found a half-dozen coats of tinted lacquer, followed by a half-dozen coats of clear, worked best for me.

Good Product

By Q-Ball from PA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 14, 2013


This was my first time using Vintage Amber tinted Color Tone nitro. I had previously used the sanding sealer and satin & gloss clear with GREAT results. First off I was surprised at the amount of tint in the amber...waaaay too much! It made it difficult/impossible to get an EVEN looking light aged look. I was also shocked at the color of the tint, which was a whole lot glowing neon yellow and very little subtle aged amber. I think this is one time they could back off the amount of tint in the mix and allow painters to get a superior result. Beware.

Mixed results

By Tim Halloran from Pittsburgh, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 18, 2013


I've used the Vintage Amber and it worked great, but the Cherry Red I got was an epic fail. I had to use lacquer thinner to get the can to spray and it made a mess of a guitar body I was finishing (had to be sanded back down to the sealer) what a mess. I wouldn't buy the Cherry Red again.

Solid product

By Pete Lee from Boise
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 13, 2013


Easy to apply. Easy to work. Solid product. Highly recommend if you are in need of a vintage tint.

Excellent toner

By mrtony from Albertson, Long Island
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 22, 2013


Excellent lacquer toner. I've been using these for a long time. These are the best I found. I wish there were more colors.

Did a good job, mostly

By SouthHill from Berkeleky, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 27, 2013


Used Clear Gloss and Tobacco Brown. The brown went on especially smoothly. The nozzle on the clear spit a lot, even after I warmed the can. I switched to a new Tobacco Brown nozzle (they're different nozzles) and it worked much much better. They should dump the little nozzles on the clear.

Good product but strange color

By mando builder from Poulsbo
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 05, 2013


This lacquer went on well and did a nice job but vintage amber it is not, more like neon yellow. I was trying to get an appropriate color on a 62' strat neck so I ended up sanding it off and mixing/spraying my own color.

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