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! California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

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

StewMac Lacquer

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Verified Buyer


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

5.0

High quality

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This product exceeded my expectations! Follow the directions for a quality finish.

5.0

Great for the shop!

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Verified Buyer


I've never been steered wrong from stewmac! Always have touch nap tools and supplies. Anytime there's an issue they remedy it quickly, and they're always there to answer your questions. Great job guys.

5.0

Great for the novice DIYer!

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Verified Buyer


I've used this once before to refinish a solid body electric and got excellent results. I sprayed black lacquer first, sanding sealer next, then the nitro gloss lacquer, allowing ample time between light coats. I let the lacquer cure as recommended and only needed a final buffing by hand to achieve a finish that surprised myself! Please be sure to take the proper precautions for yourself and the environment as this is definitely something to be considered as hazardous. Thanks Stewmac for assisting non-pros like me to do it myself, save some $$, achieve great results and be proud of my projects!

5.0

Excellent Lacquer

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Verified Buyer


I have to say, I was skeptical about an all-in-one-lacquer in a rattlecan, but this stuff is GREAT. Clear, forgiving, and easy-to-apply. Get yourself a spray-can holder/gun and a good respirator and go to town. I'm ordering 3 more right now. Thanks, Stew Mac!

5.0

Great product!

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Verified Buyer


Used this on a old cheap guitar I refinished into an art piece, and it worked great.

5.0

super lacquer in a rattle can

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Verified Buyer


These are high quality products and well worth the price. They go on smoothly, the nozzles stay clear, and you can get great results when used properly. Hats off to Stew Mac for exceptional customer service, quick order fulfillment, and a wealth of knowledge on their website as well as on social media.

5.0

Washburn XS-2 restoration

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This was a grimy beat up bass I bought cheap to practice on. I decided to refinish it . I stripped it down to bare wood and used blue alcohol based color first. Then I applied approximately 40 coats of clear nitrocellulose lacquer sanding every 10 or so coats. Polished and assembled. Looks great.Bob d

5.0

Best Rattle Can Nitro

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Verified Buyer


I have used the TV Yellow, Clear Gloss and Vintage Amber. All great

5.0

This is good stuff.

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If I were refinishing an entire guitar, I'd probably use a full spray rig, but for repairs or refinishing single surfaces I don't think you can beat ColorTone for a canned finish. Thus far I've only used the clear gloss and clear satin, but I'm preparing to try the new opaque black.

First time I used it, a friend brought me a Regal lap-steel that had a beautiful glossy sunburst finish, except for a big belt-buckle scratch on the back. With careful masking I was able to strip and refinish the back, and bring it up to the same high gloss of the rest of the instrument.

I've also used this very successfully on limited areas after crack or scratch repair on guitars and mandolins. I live in a high-humidity climate, but this stuff still seems to cure to a sandable surface in a week to ten days.

Very happy with the clear finishes; recommended.

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