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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$15.90

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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.

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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Great stuff once you get the hang of it

By RichEss from Denver, Colorado USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 09, 2014


I'm very happy with the results I'm getting from this spray-canned nitro, the nozzle works real well all the way to the end of the can, and the lacquer is top notch. Dries really fast too. Best to practice on a pawn shop cheapie first though, it takes a bit to get the hang of controlling it. For a couple of bucks get those snap-on spray can handles, they really help.

I was concerned if the nitro lacquer by itself (tinted or clear) would make the grain pop without staining first, and it sure does, vividly. I use the Amber spray directly on birdseye and flame maple necks/fingerboards, then plenty of clear, and they really look great. Clear on Swamp Ash looks excellent, no stain needed to highlight the grain.

Great colors!

By Brian Petersen from Mason City, Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 12, 2014


I used three ColorTone spray lacquer cans that were just the right ones for my homemade "jazz guitar" (red, yellow, mahogany). All worked perfectly and buffed out to a professional gloss. No special treatment of spray cans... a joy to work with.

great lacquer/need better nozzle

By stephan from Pittsburgh
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 15, 2014


I love your lacquer, but why not have better quality non-clog nozzles on your cans? I do have to commend Stu-Mac for instantly making an exchange for any defective nozzle I had, but I think we would all be willing to pay a little extra for a better nozzle.

Successful Restoration

By Lord Myatt Luthier from Brentwood, Tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 05, 2014


I just finished my restoration of my 1941 Gibson J35 that was in pretty bad shape. I replaced part of the left side and was extremely pleased with the Colortone tinted aerosol lacquer from Stewart MacDonald that I used to create the original sunburst effect. Thumbs up to Stewart MacDonald and their quality products.

Gilmour Strat

By toneman662 from Sonora, Ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 20, 2014


I used the Black Nitro for this CS Gilmour Strat-Very Nice

Amber Vintage Nitro

By TWood from Las Vegas, NV
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 28, 2014


Excellent product, great color, sands perfectly and final coats to a beautiful gloss.

Tequila Sunrise

By DN Guitars from Spring Hill, Fl.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 21, 2014


Following the directions, using the "Vintage Amber & Cherry" I was able to do a professional "Tequila Sunrise" finish over a Flamed maple top that deserves a Stew Mac Gloss finish!

Just what I was looking for!

By Big G from Washington,DC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 15, 2014


Since I couldn't get anything like this locally, having this option saved the day. The ColorTone tint gave me the results I needed to complete the job.

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

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