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

Good for limited space

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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.

5.0

ColorTone Tinted Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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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 .

3.0

Great color hard to control

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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.

5.0

ColorTone Cherry Red tinted lacquer spray

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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.

5.0

Beyond belief!

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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!!

5.0

Love the results of the amber and cherry

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A little medium brown dye mixed with amber dye sprayed with vintage amber makes a solid butterscotch.

1.0

Worst nozzle ever

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Color is nice, but the spray nozzle is terrible. Spits and sputters even after heating the can to 90 degrees. Can't clear the nozzle after spraying as it always spits out a bit more lacquer as you stop the spray when upside down. Tried using a nozzle off of another type of spray lacquer, but it wouldn't fit these cans. Will never buy again.

2.0

Too yellow.

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I bought the vintage amber tinted lacquer to add some depth to a spalted maple top. It was much more yellow than I expected and the spray quality was poor. The lacquer I usually use is a better quality spray nozzle. I will think hard about buying again.

5.0

Heated Spray

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I ordered and used the tinted laquer to refinish my vintage Earl Scruggs Gibson banjo neck. I read the directions to the letter including heating the spray before using it and can only rave at what a difference it makes. Not only does it fill better the the finish is like a mirror. I will be heating all the spray cans I use now on everything, thanks for the tip and good products.

5.0

Amazing Color

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This was my first time ever doing a sunburst finish and this product was able to get me great results. There was little to no spatter when spraying when the cans where warmed. These cans are the best way to go without buying high end spray equipment.

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