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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$17.18

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Cherry Red

Cherry Red

Item # 5881
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$17.18

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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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Tints are too strong, should be reduced. IMO

By Buffalo Bill from New Buffalo, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 27, 2013


This is good idea, but I found the mixtures to be too strong, too much tint applied too fast. It's impossible to get a subtle gradation with the amount of color that lays down in one spray, it's almost as strong a paint. StewMac should reduce the tone by 70%. I tried the Vintage Amber, Red Mahogany, and Tobacco Brown.

Easy to use!

By RI from Mililani, HI
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 25, 2013


I bought all four cans, to replicate the famous brock burst. Following the StewMac finishing guide, I started with two sealer coats, then the vintage amber. I put two more light coats of clear over the vintage amber, then sprayed red mahogany burst and very lightly misted some tobacco brown around the outside. Finally, I sprayed the cherry red over the red mahogany burst and got a really deep dark burgundy red. The pic shown is prior to binding scraping and clear coating. And it looks a lot better in person too, since red shows up so poorly in pics. i would recommend these to any beginner! They're pretty easy to use.

Working with Nitro

By Miles Guitar Werkz from Detroit City USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 02, 2013


I've done two guitars working with Amber and Tobacco tinted Nitrocellulose. If you warm them up as directed, they are easy to use and look fantastic. One problem is the fumes; you'll have to use a respirator of some sort. The other thing youÆll need to understand is donÆt rush your project; have your body filled, sanded and clean. Now for the negative, I tried my first tobacco burst and found the spray area too concentrated to fade the burst and it took some work to make it look acceptable. IÆm sure people can do it with rattle cans but I found it difficult. Overall, a very good quality paint.

Be Careful

By Domenic from NC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 01, 2012


I read some reviews beforehand about this product yellowing too much (this is not my first finish job) and decided to give it a go on my LP refinish and a current customer's J-Bass. Luckily I used it on my LP first. After warming the lacquer (and yes I checked the temp) the can spit like crazy after shaking for a solid minute. After multiple spits and a light misting coat, I decided to look at my work. The once yellow finish turned as orange as a basketball. I always use Naptha as well on my stains/finish before I spray anything and with the Naptha it did not yellow. I stripped the guitar and started all over. A shame really but I'm glad I used it on my own guitar before I tried it on a customer's bass. I would not recommend this to anyone for either toning or finishing. Nor would I even attempt to use this particular product again.

Great product for beginners!

By The-G-man from Stockton, Ca
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 01, 2012


I enjoy assembling and finishing kit guitars. These areosols paints are perfect for beginners to use. Practice on scrap first and you'll find when you paint your guitar it will look very close to a professional look prior to the final rub out. The spray is very even and makes it very convienent to use. Highly recommended. Don't forget to use a mask and read all your directions.

Good for limited space

By Mark Harper from Lexington KY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 23, 2012


I have no spray booth or room to put one so I have to do my finish work outdoors. No way to hook up a spray gun so I use this lacquer on almost every banjo I make. With a little ingenuity I can get a decent sunburst effect on resonators and necks with Vintage Amber, Red Mahogany, and Tobacco Brown. I use Gloss Black for pegheads. Then I use about 8-12 coats of clear gloss to finish. It may not be quite as professional as a hand rubbed finish but it still turns out to be a decent job.

ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

By Merle from buffalo ny
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 11, 2012


This is the first time I ever tryed to finish my own guitar. After watching hrs of videos I purchased a book on building your own guitar. It gave me Stewart-Mcdonald site to purchase my finish colors. I did not want to have to mix ect my colors so I bought the tinted lacquers from sterwart-Mcdonald. I love the colors and how easy it is to use the cans .

Great color hard to control

By UncleHammy from Towanda, Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 07, 2012


I bought the Cherry Red to do a sunburst on a LP clone. The color and transparency is fantastic. My only issue is that the spray pattern was hard to control and I eneded up with much more red than I wanted. It still looks OK and I could have sanded it off it I wnated to.

ColorTone Cherry Red tinted lacquer spray

By JeffG from KC area
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 28, 2012


I'm very happy with the results using this spray. I had a quilted maple detail panel for an amp that I dyed black, then shot a cherry color coat using this spray. Turned out great, no problems with the nozzle. Really matched up well with the red/black snakeskin detail on the amp.

Beyond belief!

By MacToad from Walden, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 13, 2012


It's actually true, you CAN get a factory finish right out of a can! Used less than one can to do TWO guitars, aceiving a PERFECT MATCH to factory Gibson SG finish. VERY IMPRESSED!!

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