ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

Clear Satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vinyl Sealer

Vinyl Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer White Vinyl Sealer

White Vinyl Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

About This Item

The easiest way to spray a professional finish!
Produces a beautiful traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finish, without elaborate spray equipment.

ColorTone® Clear Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is formulated especially for musical instruments. Fast-drying and resistant to alcohol and water, it produces a hard, durable finish that enhances the beauty of the wood.

Available in convenient 13-ounce spray cans.

ColorTone® Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer can be applied over smooth bare wood, sanded basecoats of grain filler, ColorTone Sealers, and over ColorTone Stains. Perfect for touch-up work, or for finishing an entire instrument. The rotating-tip nozzle can spray a horizontal or vertical pattern.

ColorTone Sealers have a high solids content for quickly building a finish and provide excellent adhesion for lacquer topcoats. For spraying a transparent finish on new wood, we recommend Sanding Sealer as a base, followed with ColorTone lacquer.

For opaque finishes, refinishing projects, or oily woods, choose our moisture-resistant Vinyl Sealer. Create a white undercoat by using White Vinyl Sealer (important with metallic finishes).

ColorTone Sealers are flexible and compatible with many different finish types. Do not exceed more than 2 coats of sealer.

Aerosol spraying is an economical way for the beginner to apply a first finish without elaborate setup or equipment. Aerosols produce a slightly rougher surface than spray guns, however, and more sanding may be needed for a level surface.


How many cans do you need?

  • Electric guitar neck: No sealer, 2 to 3 cans lacquer
  • Solid body electric: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Acoustic or archtop guitar: 1 can sealer, 4 to 6 cans lacquer
  • Mandolin or dulcimer: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Banjo rim and neck: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Ukulele: 1 can sealer, 2 to 3 cans lacquer

Number of cans needed may vary depending on how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

Clear Satin typically requires fewer coats. Successive thin coats should be sanded to maintain a level surface. Don't sand the final coat; the flattener in the lacquer will give a smooth satin appearance.


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!

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to spray a sunburst using aerosol cans

Erick Coleman uses tinted aerosols to recreate a vintage Strat 2-tone 'burst.

Instructions

Product Instructions

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

Application instructions for ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers.

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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

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4.0

Great and recommended.

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Verified Buyer


I purchased gloss sanding sealer and gloss clear coat and used it over the colortone liquid stains. (Cherry #5038 and Cordovan #5103)

It took a lot of digging and reading to figure out if the two were compatible... ( they are... and like everything, the info is on this site, you just have to look )

This was the first time I used this stuff, and was very impressed. If you apply thin even coats, it doesn't run. If you DO develop a run, it is not terribly difficult to sand it out. In the end I had several runs which I fixed and you would never know they are there. It's just time consuming.

Having used krylon at various times in my life, I had low Hopes for this stuff but was very impressed. This stuff is very high quality and rivals a paint gun finish. As far as I can tell, it's the same stuff, in a spray can.

With that said, you get out what you put in. I spent probably 80 hours sanding the wood, sanding each layer, cleaning before paint with a cloth, blowing it off with an air compressor, etc to keep dust from getting into it. Any dust or lint that did get in was fixable.

Prep, wet sanding, more prep, cleaning wet sanding, more cleaning and buffing is required for a glass smooth finish (as with any paint product). Its not a spray and forget type process. If you spray and leave it, you will have runs, lumps, dust, etc. It takes time and precision sanding. I used 1200 on most wet sand then an orbital with buffing compound and then wax to glass it out.

I will note that you can wet sand in as little as 15 minutes, and spray the next coat. But I don't recommend doing your final wet sand and buff until the paint has COMPLETELY cured.

I did my final wet sand and polish too early, and the paint shrank as the wood settled, which left visible shrink lines. This is NOT a problem, it is totally normal.... however, I could have saved myself a wet sand and polish if I had waited the extra 48 hours.

Overall, this will be my go to in future products.

5.0

A convenient great product

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Verified Buyer


A time-saving way to achieve an excellent result without having to clean my paint gun.

5.0

Neck refinish

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Verified Buyer


I used the StewMac neck shaping file and spray can sealer, painter and lacquer to reshape and refinish the back of the neck on an old Regal acoustic guitar. Their instructions made it easy to do and it came out great!

5.0

Perfect Finish

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Verified Buyer


I bought this lacquer for a s-type custom build I had in the works. I'm very pleased with how the lacquer sprayed and flowed. It does a great job melting into the coats sprayed earlier. I would recommend getting a can of blush remover if you live in a hot humid climate like I do in Florida. Great stuff. I will definitely use it on my next high gloss build.

5.0

great finish from a can!

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Verified Buyer


Thought I would try this on a side crack repair on a Simon & Patrick that was treated unkindly. I had my doubts about rattle can finishes, being a retired custom painter. But once again Stew Mac has come through with a winner. I read all the reviews, and paid attention to the instructions. I highly recommend that you follow the instructions. I warmed up the can of satin and took to spraying. I applied 5 coats to fill, and 1 for finish. I could not be more pleased with the results. The match was great, and the over all finish was great. I would recommend this product for finishing if you don't have the equipment to shoot from a gun. Take your time, follow the instructions and you should get great results. I now own a beautiful S & P guitar that the previous owner was going to trash! Thanks guys!

5.0

Works great. Looks good, but you don’t need as much as recommmended

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Verified Buyer


Refinishing a maple neck without fillers. Just the satin clear coat. I have about 10 coats on it and the can still feels half full. The recommendation from stewmac is 2-3 cans but I won’t be touching my 2nd can. Not much sanding needed and looks and feels great.

5.0

Clearcoat Spray Cans

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Good stuff. We use it all the time, especially for repairs.

5.0

Best rattle can finish for instruments!

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Verified Buyer


Just completed my second guitar refinish with this stuff, and it works wonders! My last shipment even had spray head upgrades! I’m not sure if StewMac is changing them for good or if I just got lucky, but it’s a very welcome improvement, as that was my only complaint.

5.0

Great alternative to a spray gun.

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Verified Buyer


I used this clear for the final step in refinishing my Gibson SG. It polished very nicely.

5.0

StewMac Lacquer

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Verified Buyer


Goes on easy, dries fast. VERY forgiving to work with. Provides a great, pro finish.

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