ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

Clear Gloss

Item # 3881
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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

Clear Satin

Item # 3882
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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer

Item # 3883
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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vinyl Sealer

Vinyl Sealer

Item # 3884
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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer White Vinyl Sealer

White Vinyl Sealer

Item # 3888
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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.


Video

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

They Work

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Verified Buyer


Here is a good way to keep them warm, once you heat them up in the sink. I got this beer can insulator for $5 online, it really does help keep the can from cooling down as fast.

5.0

Perfect for refinishing

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Verified Buyer


I recently re-topped a 1950 Gibson LG-1 and used ColorTone for the sunburst and finish coats. Since I wanted to match the new top finish to the original, ColorTone worked just like a nitro should.
Rapid heat cycling did the trick.

5.0

Amazing!

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Verified Buyer


The sonic blue is fantastic paired with a mint green guard.
Vintage amber on the neck.
Every bit as good as the stuff from a gun.
Better, in a way.
Get the better spray nozzles. Some paints come with them. Some do not.
For as much as $25 per can, they should all come with them, really.

5.0

Great stuff, great support

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Verified Buyer


The cans are really full, so while they're pricey for an aerosol you do get a lot of product. The white vinyl sealer was excellent, nice build, really easy to sand, didn't clump on the paper, and leaves a nice flat finish. Only word of warning - the clear and colored lacquer comes out much faster and is a lot thinner than the sealer - so you have to adjust your technique to avoid drips.

I'm really happy with how this project is turning out (sonic blue strat body). I've never been much good at prep and painting, but the quality of the product and Stew Mac's awesome customer service made it easy.

5.0

Love these aerosol nitrocellulose lacquers

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Verified Buyer


I recommend watching the tutorial (StewMac) on using aerosol lacquers. There are great hints. I love this product!

5.0

Great Selection of tools and supplies for guitar build and repair

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Verified Buyer


I'm in the middle of a couple projects and I am a new StewMac customer. I only recently discovered them. I ordered the wrong lacquer on my first order. And StewMac made it very easy to get the correct product. I am using the nitrocellulose lacquer for a headstock decal. That project isn't finished, but going quite well. The lacquer is working well. I have additionally ordered luthier tools to do some fret work, etc. I'm excited to get busy on that project very soon.

5.0

Good product works well

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Good product works well

5.0

Exactly what I needed!

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Verified Buyer


I always keep cans of the ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer on hand in my shop!

5.0

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Very nice product. Builds well and helps cover up mistakes! Use sparingly to avoid runs. Dries quickly, but must not rush leveling.

5.0

Great product

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easy to use and works well

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