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. They're are flexible and compatible with many different finish types. We recommend Vinyl Sealer as the perfect all around sealer that works well for any project. It's moisture-resistant and works for opaque, translucent, and metallic finishes, as well as refinishing projects and oily woods.

For spraying a transparent finish on new wood, many use Sanding Sealer as a base, followed with ColorTone lacquer.

Some builders will spray a coat of White Vinyl Sealer to create an opaque undercoat for a metallic or solid color finish.

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!


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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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5.0

Warming Tip

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Verified Buyer


I should have thought of this from the start: Put your spray can in a thin plastic bag before you warm it in water to prevent the label from pealing away and creating a sticky mess.

5.0

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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Verified Buyer


great stuff

4.0

Great if you don't want a relic checking paint job

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Verified Buyer


It does spray nicely. Dries hard and polishes well. However, I question the true percentage of nitro actually in the product. Despite many extreme attempts of hot to cold exposure, this finish will NOT allow for paint check/cracking. It behaves very much like poly ... hmmmmm?

5.0

White vinyl laquer

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Excellent product!

5.0

A must have for quick touch ups

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Verified Buyer


I use these all the time. Quick and easy.
Soak them in warm water and they spray great.

4.0

Good Product, Nozzles not so much

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Verified Buyer


This Nitrocellulose Lacquer is just fine. The nozzles that come with the cans are not that great. Stew Mac offers an upgrade at a cost and I will get those next time.

5.0

Great Coating

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Verified Buyer


This product shouldn't need any reviews; it's a long time great coating. I have used it confidently for years.

5.0

Great product - One problem

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Verified Buyer


I applied three coats and let it dry over a week. It's damp here in Texas lately. When I sanded the guitar flat, the lacquer came off in a fine powder just like I want to see. I'm very happy with the results. One problem is when the stock tip is used in the vertical setting, lacquer builds up on the lip of the can and gets blown onto the part making a big mess.Be sure to buy the upgrade spray tips(stewmac #5508). These solve the problem and work great!

5.0

nitrocellulous lacquer

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Verified Buyer


This was the perfect clear finish for a maple faux ES335. I read somewhere that I would need 4 to 6 cans, 2 was plenty

5.0

Great Material

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If you think you can't get a dust-free surface using this aerosol spray lacquer, you are wrong. Follow the Stewmac directions and here's the main tip: immediately after spraying (I mean immediately!) store the guitar upside down with the face about an inch from a dust-free surface. It's easy!

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