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

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

Ratings & Reviews

ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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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.

Great Finish

By Leonard from Charlotte, NC 
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 26, 2013

If this is in the color you need it is great to use for a small repair job.

ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

By Sig's Guitar Repair from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 11, 2013

I love this product. If you prep your guitar correctly, you can get a perfect finish. I've even sprayed beautiful sunbursts in my garage. The spray is nice and even with just the right fan width. Clean up is easy too. Thanks

Some things are just more perfect than others!

By Doctor H Customs from Macon, Georgia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I have been playing guitar Doctor for a few years now. That is to say, I refit necks and bodies to become, obviously, used instruments that are refurbished and very pleasantly playable. I recently bought a LP type body whose front was in great shape but the back, uh, not so much. There were some gouges and rough places that needed a great deal of TLC and while starting that, I realized that the color was entirely in the sprayed finish. The wood was much too hard to begin to accept stain. It was a great tobacco brown color....mostly....with bare wood spots after I smoothed and fixed a lot of the evidence of many years. I use a great many StewMac items in the shop and decided that maybe their tinted nitro spray would be the answer. The shipment came mid morning to my office and I hurried home at lunchtime to have a go with it. This is no you know how it feels when it all works SO perfectly that you stand back and say "whoa!!!". That's what happened. The product went on so seamlessly that I was amazed. A-m-a-z-e-d!! Five minutes later I was walking back out of the shop saying "wow.....some things are just more perfect than others!"......Thank you, StewMac!

Excellent Choice !!!!!!

By Jerry Lee from Pass Christian ,Ms
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 29, 2013

I would like to start by saying I was skeptical about using the aerosol lacquer from reading reviews but let me ease your mind this product was very easy and effective in producing a first class job. I live on the Gulf Coast with a 100% humidity and the job turned out awesome. Just apply as instructions say, very light coats until you acquire what your after. Bam that's it. Great product Stewmac keep up the good work its well appreciated !!! Thanks,Jerry Lee

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By chris smith from chardon, ohio usa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I love how easy it is to get a professional finish with these cans.I used Vintage Amber,Red Mahogany,and gloss black to get a real nice sunburst that I couldn't be more proud of.

No Brainer

By bubbaboucan from siesta key
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 21, 2013

After reading how to's on line, ordered the Vintage Amber, and just to be sporty, didn't warm in hot water,(but air temp here was 76F), and got a wonderful result using to tint a (very) white maple neck. Highly Reccommended!

Colortone aerosol

By Rob Schnapf from Los angeles
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I really enjoyed using this stuff.
Once i figured out the technique
I got results i was very satisfied with.

great classic shading tones

By ron hyde from wa.
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 15, 2013

traditional sunburst quick / my only complaint is the nozzle furnished is not compatible with my snap on spray can handle / spray with care and watch out for drips

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By R Guess from North Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 04, 2013

Stew Macs Color Tone Lacquers are lightly tinted, so the color builds with the applied thin coats. The tops have a very fine spray that is easy to control and put where you want it. I have used all the color tints except for Tobacco Brown. The Vintage Amber is perfect for ageing a Fender neck or Spruce top. With 9 or 10 coats of clear on top, the finishes look deep. Cures hard after about 10-12 days. Buffs out to a brilliant lustre. The top on this tele copy is sealer/sand, 3 coats Vintage Amber, 9 coats clear gloss. The neck looks even better. Wet sanded to 2000. Rubbed out and buffed.

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