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

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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!


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

Great Nitro

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Easy to work with.

5.0

Beautiful High Gloss Finish

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It worked exactly as described. High gloss finish!

5.0

Great clear coating product

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Works very well.

5.0

Good Stuff

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I used this on a project which came out perfect!

5.0

Nothing better

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Perfect for small tasks, like necks, etc.
Dries quickly, and tailor made for nitro.

5.0

Great product

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Bought to touch up an amber toned scroll on a violin. It did the trick perfect.

5.0

Color tone guitar lacquer.

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Very pleased with these products. Consistent, quality results.

5.0

Clear Satin ColorTone Guitar Lacquer is a staple

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This product is excellent for my purposes. I am thankful for its availability. I usually purchase 24 cans at a time. I use the lacquer to finish small plastic machine housings which are the staple of my business. The finish is proof against almost all cleaning solvents except alcohol. I typically use naptha to de-grease housing surfaces.

The perfect surfaces rendered by this product give my customers confidence and pride in the care that has gone into their expensive equipment.

The formulation bonds well with ABS/PVC plastics, creating a uniform sheen and protective coating that becomes one with the material, following surface prep to 320 grit. Adherence is tenacious due to the mild solving action of the included solvents, which react with prepared ABS/PVC surfaces. It creates a coating that will never peel and can be refreshed if desired.

The quick drying time is a key to this product's success. There is little or no waiting time between coats when finishing multiple parts or housings. Just keep moving in a cycle and the work is quickly done with no clean-up after it is done. The last thing I have time for is dancing with acetone and cleaning lacquer spray guns.

I am particularly pleased with the quality of the little blue spray nozzles for this product. The results are very consistent. There are two different common aerosol nozzle types I am familiar with. The one on this product is by far the superior one. Pray the product never changes.

I used to have some random clogging and sputtering issues occasionally occurring, until I purchased an aerosol can shaking adapter for my reciprocating sawzall. Since then, results are even more reliable and consistent, nearing 100%. A 30 second shake on the saw is all it takes to prep a can for work. More time saved. A thorough machine shaking makes a can good to the last drop.

It would be wise if Stewart MacDonald included a aerosol can shaking adapter for sawzalls right next to this product in their catalog. It would be beneficial to their bottom line and to their customers' bottom lines as well.

Good luck to all in your work. thank you Stewart MacDonald.

Regards,

Richard Melloh

5.0

Exceptional quality and results

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I've tried a lot of aerosol finishes, with mixed and inconsistent results. I am sold on this Stewmac nitro lacquer and just ordered more for the shop. The lacquer acts almost exactly as you would expect from a good airless unit: even coverage, very low orange peel, quick drying and consistent rub-out. While it seems a bit expensive, a can goes a long way and you can get professional results, especially if you warm the laquer, do a clearing spray to get rid of any spitting before you start your first pass, then clear the nozzle afterwards. Light sand after 3 or so coats, then add more. It burns in beautifully to the undercoats and color coats. The only warning is when you get to the very bottom of the can and you want that last pass or two, there can be some minor spitting. I added the upgraded spray nozzles, which are less than $1 each and worth every penny. Get the nozzles. They make a significant difference and you can adjust the pattern from vertical to horizontal and anything in between.

5.0

Amazing

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Used the clear satin on my first refin project and went on evenly and turned out great! High quality product and very user friendly!

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