ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Blond

Blond

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer TV Yellow

TV Yellow

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sonic Blue

Sonic Blue

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Aged Clear

Aged Clear

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ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

About This Item

Classic 1950s guitar colors in easy aerosols
Genuine nitrocellulose guitar lacquer—no spray equipment needed! Fast-drying, durable finish resists water and alcohol.

Colors based on aged original guitars
Vintage finishes vary a lot. Two guitars sprayed together in 1960 look very different today, depending on where they've been all these years. And neither one looks like the day it left the factory.

To get an authentic look for our finishes, Erick Coleman color-matched these original guitars:

TV Yellow is formulated to match a prime 1958 Les Paul Special. It's semi-opaque, allowing grain to read through.

Blond matches a vintage 1955 Fender Esquire. Semi-opaque, allowing grain to read through.

Sonic Blue is based a 1960s Stratocaster. This finish is opaque, like the auto paint Fender used in the '50s.

Aged Clear lacquer replicates a 1964 Tele neck. It's a clear coat aged with a tinge of brown (not yellow/amber).

"I see a lot of vintage guitars in my shop. Most aerosols don't really come close to looking like the colors they are intended to. These new ColorTone finishes nail the look of vintage beauties I've had on my bench."
—Erick Coleman
, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

ColorTone® Classic Colors Aerosols can be sprayed over smooth unfinished wood; over sanded grain filler; over sanding sealer, and over ColorTone Stains. We recommend White Vinyl Sealer as the basecoat for Sonic Blue. Add topcoats of ColorTone Clear Aerosol Guitar Lacquer for a deep hard gloss.

A complete guitar typically requires 1 can of sealer, 1 can of color, and 4-6 cans of clear topcoat.

13-ounce aerosol cans.


    Tips for aerosol finishing
  • Use warm lacquer, not cold. Professionals spray warm lacquer to reduce spatters which require sanding. Warm your aerosol cans in a sink of warm tap water.
  • Spray multiple thin coats instead of one heavy coat.
  • Use sanding sealer to seal the wood and build up the finish before applying your color coats or clear topcoats. Sanding sealer is heavy-bodied; one coat equals two coats of lacquer. One or two cans of sealer is usually enough for an entire guitar. After building up the sealer coats, level sand with 320-grit paper to create a thin, flat surface for your color or clear coats.
  • Compared to professional spray guns, aerosols create a slightly rougher surface, so they require more sanding of the clear topcoats to achieve a level surface.
  • Tints and transparent colors should not be sanded. Spray clear coats over tints to build a topcoat which can be sanded for a final, level surface.
  • Choose low humidity days for spraying. Dan Erlewine often recommends spraying outdoors on a clear dry day.

Our ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit is great for the first-time finisher. It includes sealer, gloss lacquer, polishing compounds and our Guitar Finishing Step-by-Step book.

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

Instructions

Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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

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5.0

Great stuff!

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Verified Buyer


Super easy to use and a very nice 50’s Fender blond, very realistic and the improved spray nozzle helps immensely.

5.0

Great service

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Verified Buyer


Great product, true color as advertised, great results.

2.0

Sonic Blue too dark

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Verified Buyer


Sonic Blue is more like Daphne blue unfortunately.

3.0

Great stuff!!!  .......BUT, be very carefull!  Gets really dark.

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to do a retro color match on a 52 guitar top. It went on great and matched perfectly.
However, the next day what I had sprayed turned twice as dark! Now after many hours of having to refinish and wasting 3 cans of this stuff I finally got a handle on it. If you don't want it to get too dark you will have to spray very light sprays, wait until the next day, spray a another few light passes, wait another day, and continue the process until you achieve the color you want.
I don't know why this lacquer does this, but patience is the thing here to get the result you want.
Oh, and be sure to spray EVEN coats or you will have a blotchy mess.

4.0

Aged Clear gets dark quickly, you may need to switch to regular Clear to get the job done.

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Verified Buyer


After 5 coats the Aged Clear is getting too dark for my 70’s maple. I now must purchase the Clear to safely cover my water slide decal with enough additional coats to level.

5.0

It is what it is: TV Yellow

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Verified Buyer


Don't go by the image of this color on the StewMac website: It is NOT butterscotch, but just what the name says: TV Yellow (Similar in appearance to Frenchy's Mustard). I now have two full cans for future builds...

4.0

Love the color, but a very thin paint.

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Verified Buyer


The color is really nice, a light baby blue (as opposed to just a light blue). My only concern is that the paint is very thin and will easily run. You almost have to mist it on. Which is ok, but I’ll probably need another can. One can will likely be enough for four, maybe five, very light coats of a strat. Given how lightly the coats need to be applied and add some sanding in between, and I don’t know if one can will be enough for just this one guitar.

4.0

As Advertised

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Verified Buyer


I bought the aged clear lacquer to finish a maple neck. I was pleased with the performance of the product. Consistent coverage and beautiful finish. The spray nozzle has a fan pattern and can be rotated to any angle required, which is a plus. I expected a yellowish tint, but it's brown - just like the sample. (Go figure!) Depending on the effect, you'll only need one or two light coats. My only issue is with the price. It's a high quality product, but a single can plus shipping cost me close to $30.

5.0

Good product

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Verified Buyer


I've painted several guitars over the years with acrylic enamel and I wanted to spray my latest project with nitrocellulose lacquer. It's easy to use. I just followed the instructions they provided and got the result I wanted. I would definitely use this product again.

3.0

Good but not Great

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Verified Buyer


I have used this on a TV Yellow and Sonic Blue. It darkens the colors very quickly. The blue turned to green. Too much pigment.

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