ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Blond

Blond

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer TV Yellow

TV Yellow

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sonic Blue

Sonic Blue

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Aged Clear

Aged Clear

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

About This Item

Classic 1950s guitar colors in easy aerosols
Genuine nitrocellulose guitar lacquer—no spray equipment needed! Fast-drying, durable finish resists water and alcohol.

Colors based on aged original guitars
Vintage finishes vary a lot. Two guitars sprayed together in 1960 look very different today, depending on where they've been all these years. And neither one looks like the day it left the factory.

To get an authentic look for our finishes, Erick Coleman color-matched these original guitars:

TV Yellow is formulated to match a prime 1958 Les Paul Special. It's semi-opaque, allowing grain to read through.

Blond matches a vintage 1955 Fender Esquire. Semi-opaque, allowing grain to read through.

Sonic Blue is based a 1960s Stratocaster. This finish is opaque, like the auto paint Fender used in the '50s.

Aged Clear lacquer replicates a 1964 Tele neck. It's a clear coat aged with a tinge of brown (not yellow/amber).

"I see a lot of vintage guitars in my shop. Most aerosols don't really come close to looking like the colors they are intended to. These new ColorTone finishes nail the look of vintage beauties I've had on my bench."
—Erick Coleman
, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

ColorTone® Classic Colors Aerosols can be sprayed over smooth unfinished wood; over sanded grain filler; over sanding sealer, and over ColorTone Stains. We recommend White Vinyl Sealer as the basecoat for Sonic Blue. Add topcoats of ColorTone Clear Aerosol Guitar Lacquer for a deep hard gloss.

A complete guitar typically requires 1 can of sealer, 1 can of color, and 4-6 cans of clear topcoat.

13-ounce aerosol cans.


    Tips for aerosol finishing
  • Use warm lacquer, not cold. Professionals spray warm lacquer to reduce spatters which require sanding. Warm your aerosol cans in a sink of warm tap water.
  • Spray multiple thin coats instead of one heavy coat.
  • Use sanding sealer to seal the wood and build up the finish before applying your color coats or clear topcoats. Sanding sealer is heavy-bodied; one coat equals two coats of lacquer. One or two cans of sealer is usually enough for an entire guitar. After building up the sealer coats, level sand with 320-grit paper to create a thin, flat surface for your color or clear coats.
  • Compared to professional spray guns, aerosols create a slightly rougher surface, so they require more sanding of the clear topcoats to achieve a level surface.
  • Tints and transparent colors should not be sanded. Spray clear coats over tints to build a topcoat which can be sanded for a final, level surface.
  • Choose low humidity days for spraying. Dan Erlewine often recommends spraying outdoors on a clear dry day.

Our ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit is great for the first-time finisher. It includes sealer, gloss lacquer, polishing compounds and our Guitar Finishing Step-by-Step book.



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Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of nitrocellulose finishing.

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5.0

Great lacquer color and even greater service

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I bought the S-style kit and the recommended lacquers, albeit I substituted the Sonic Blue for the Silver and the gloss for the satin top coat.

I had all kinds of issues with the first can of Sonic Blue and wrote to customer service describing my situation. I got an immediate reply and a new can of lacquer sent immediately. The second can worked like a charm and I am loving the results so far.

Anybody can throw up a website and push products: it's service that differentiates the real pros from the wannabes. StewMac gets my vote for best in class.

Note: photo was taken with an iPhone by a rank amateur. Doesn't do the guitar body or the sonic blue color justice.

2.0

50s Classic Colors -- Blond

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Verified Buyer


Hue is very good, but this lacquer is very opaque. I like a translucent finish which still allows some wood grain to show through. With any lacquer, it usually takes at least two thin coats to get even coverage. But with this product, by the time you put on two coats, the grain is almost completely obscured.

5.0

Interesting stuff

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I love Aged Clear. It has enough brown tint to change the Reddish-Brown of the Red Mahogany to a rich medium brown. Gorgeous color. Yet is does not appear to darken the finish much, if at all. The attached photo is three coats of Red Mahogany followed by nine coats of Aged Clear. After the picture was taken I shot it with nine more coats of Satin Clear. The decal is on top of the Aged Clear.

5.0

Perfect color for a true vintage tint.

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Verified Buyer


Used this for a 60s style neck relic. It's not yellow at all, which is perfect. I used two coats of amber shellac from Zinsser (you can get it at Home Depot or Lowes) on the neck and then sprayed about 4 coats of this aged lacquer until I got the right color. Then I sprayed about 8 coats of regular clear lacquer on top. Wet sanded and polished about 3 days later. Didn't take long to dry/cure.

5.0

StewMac Stands behind thier prodcuts

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I bought White sealer and Sonic Blue. The spray nozzle made a huge improvement on the finished product! Thanks for your help throughout the build.

5.0

Great Color!

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Verified Buyer


Great Color! I was worried it would be a little to blue but its spot on! I usually use a spray gun but for easy of application for a solid color the can is perfect!

5.0

Worked out perfectly

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Verified Buyer


The color is dead on and the can sprays perfect. Just remember to ware a mask and, have plenty of ventilation.

5.0

The very best

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Your aged clear lacquer is exactly the color that I've been wanting for so many years for maple necks and fretboards. You guys nailed that aged 63 telecaster aged color tone. On figured maple its absolutely gorgeous. The spray tips that you're using now are much better quality also. Very impressed and will buy more. Great job StewMac!

4.0

AMAZING COLOR!

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I was rebuilding my first guitar ever, a Lotus L680R, and I always wanted to paint it sonic blue. I would recommend doing your research on how to paint Nitro properly, but this paint is amazing. Came out great, I couldn't find any paint better than this.

5.0

Great color for necks

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Verified Buyer


Great color for tinting necks. Not yellow at all.

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