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

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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!

How to spray a sunburst using aerosol cans

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

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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5.0

Hands down the best

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I recently used your Vintage Amber Aerosol Lacquer and I have to say it is definately the easiest spray can I have ever used. I cannot say enough about how good the finish came out and I am no professional by any stretch of the imagination. I have tried other brands but from now on I will not waste my time. I will only use your Colortone Tinted Aerosol Sprays.

5.0

Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

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These are great paints, and getting the tri-color starburst design was really not that hard at all. If you are thinking about doing a starburst, this is the product for you.

Follow the instructions in the sidebar on the StewMac page, give the lacquers a nice warm bath, and the application will be a pleasant experience. Suggest you sand the guitar very well beforehand with at least 600 grit, and then have patience, patience, patience. I can't wait to buff this guitar out! Spray it outside or your wife will never let you live it down.

2.0

Tobacco Brown Sputter

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First thing I ordered from Stew Mac that I wish I hadn't bought. Pretty dark, builds really quickly but nice color. Hard to keep transparent especially with all the sputtering. Sputtering was unmanageable - even after warming can.
No problem with the clear coats.

5.0

Restoration

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I purchased several colors of Colortone lacquer to restore the finish on an old guitar. It worked well. A little testing on scrap wood and I was ready to spray the guitar which turned out well.

3.0

Colortone Amber

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The quality of the finish is wonderful but the tint of amber is a crap shoot from can to can. It ranges from slightly banana to Listerine. It needs to be a consistent caramel color. I'm still thankful it is available at the price.

5.0

Getting Great Results...

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My second sunburst is completed. I picked up a beat up pink (metallic sunset) guitar on ebay, knowing that these rattle cans would take me where i needed to go. I am very pleased with my results. The colors are great but you need to practice before you go hot. I read all the internet info and watched the pros do sprays right before i sprayed mine. I would recommend these lacquers for beginners to pro. Easy to use and great results.

5.0

Impressive

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Easily the best, follow the directions as to warming the can and it sprays very smooth and even.

5.0

works like magic

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These lacquer tints are easy to use and simplify custom staining your woodwork.There is plenty of material in each can for several projects.I'll definitely have this on my supply shelf from now on.

5.0

Great Time saver!!!!

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If you don't have spray equipment or don't want to set it up for one project this is the way to go . Excellent colors, easy to use and easy clean up. It don't get no better!!!!

5.0

Great way to add some vintage warmth to your finish.

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I used this on a late nineties Squier neck I bought for a project and it made the Chinese maple neck look like a 60 year old vintage Tele neck. The spray pattern and flow were good as were its ability to seal and cover some minor imperfections. Highly recommended if you like a warm vintage look.

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