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

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

Smooth as Silk

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For my first finishing job ever, this lacquer was fantastic. I heated the cans in warm water and the spray was smooth as silk. The How-To articles on the StewMac site we easy to follow. I can't believe this finish came out of a can! Starting my second finishing job in a few weeks with ColorTone Lacquers.

4.0

Tinted lacquers were excellent, but the black had problems.

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My son was building a bass guitar for his senior project, and he wanted to do a sunburst finish on it. After reviewing the Trade Secret on doing a spray can sunburst finish, we were slightly less intimidated to give it a try. The tinted lacquers worked perfectly and sprayed in a nice fine mist when warmed. The black however, was a different story.

We just couldn't keep it from splattering and it went on too thick even when warmed. As a result, we weren't able to get the fading effect on the black edge. Unfortunately, we had to finish it due to his deadline, but we'll probably refinish it later and try it again with a different brand of black.

Other than that, the tinted lacquers were great. We used the vintage amber and cherry red, and the colors were beautiful.

5.0

great product

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i had a wonderful time painting my new project. this spray is very user friendly and i had great results this is my not my first project but this was my favorite

3.0

Tinted Lacquer

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I liked the color just don't get in a hurry. Spray several light coats and let tack off between coats. The price with shipping is very expensive for a spray can of paint. Guess I'm going to start trying to mix my own, but if you want quick and easy this works.

5.0

Tinting a Neck- by a newby!

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Very happy with the instructions and information on the product. Being my first time tinting a neck , I was quite happy with the professional result and little fuss it took to achieve it. Results were far better then I expected. I have already ordered more.

5.0

Gorgeous colors

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My 15 year-old daughter built her own guitar. She painted it with ColorTone Vintage Amber and Cherry Red. It looks great.

5.0

Epiphone FT-160N restoration

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Replaced early Japanese factory 12 string top and back that had been destroyed. In order to match the replacement mahogany back to the original sides and neck tone, I stripped the finish from all remaining wood except for the ebony headstock veneer and used this lacquer as the first coat. The tone color did not replicate the original Epiphone color exactly but was too close for the untrained eye to notice.

5.0

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I have used many StewMac products and have always been pleased with the quality and the service.

5.0

colorfull

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easy to work with the amber created a very nice old patina on a vintage restoration and face refinish thanks

5.0

Wonderful color match...dries quick, sands easily

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I recently acquired 8 new, or almost new Epiphone guitars...mostly Les Pauls. They all had broken headstocks. I needed to glue and splice each one. I have some SM touch-up videos that I used as a guide. I'm very happy with the result. For a first time attempt at color touch-up it's not bad. I have a long way to go to perfect my technique. PLEASE be careful with ventilation and personal protection. I was careless and got an amazing lacquer buzz/hangover. I know better but was excited to finish a particular instrument. Good price, fast shipping!!

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