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

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ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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Guitar Lacquer, Vintage Amber

By Jon-Robert Jordan from Dallas, TX 
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I'm very happy! I sprayed a maple neck with the Vintage Amber guitar lacquer and it looks great! The end result is very close to the neck on a fender classic 60's series or the David G. black strat. I cleaned the unfinished neck, applied three coats of amber lacquer and one coat of clear. I lightly sanded the clear coat so it gave a "dull" look and not so shiney. I'm very pleased and will order again for sure. I sprayed one neck and I'm left with about 3/4th of a full can, I bet I could knock out 4-5 necks with one can. If you're looking a good vintage finish and don't want to mess with mixing paint or dealing with paint stain, the Vintage Amber Lacquer is perftect!

beautiful finish!

By Brian Petersen from Mason City, Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 09, 2014

I used a leftover can of Mahogany spray lacquer to re-finish my homemade guitar body and headstock. I left the previous natural color in the center and sprayed around it. The spray color worked perfectly without any special treatment. Thanks StewMac!

Another success!

By Brian Petersen from Mason City, Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 05, 2014

After finishing one homemade guitar with ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer (Amber, Red, Mahogany) I made another one using the rest of the same 3 cans. They all worked great, no special treatment of cans. After spraying with clear lacquer it buffed out to a professional shine. The color combination on this hollow body reminds me of a Rickenbacker. Only wish there were a few more color choices... keep up the good work StewMac!

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!

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