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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.



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5.0

Just the color I wanted

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I got this to tint a really pale maple neck a little more vintage looking, and it was just what I wanted. It's more of a warm amber/brown vs some that are more yellow. I'd say its too pigmented to use as a faded clear coat over a color (I tried for fun), but it is perfect for a neck.

5.0

A perfect match

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I used the aged clear lacquer to finish a repair to the natural spruce top of a vintage Martin guitar. Vintage Martin guitar finishes are preparatory and thus can be difficult to match. I rubbed the aged clear lacquer into the repaired area with a cloth until the colors matched. This is an excellent product.

5.0

Superb!

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For my first refinish project I decided to go with a long-time favorite: sonic blue. On my very first attempt with paint and aerosol lacquer I achieved perfect results, truly beyond expectations! So good, in fact, that I decided to make myself a new one… StewMac delivers!!!

5.0

Easy to use

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Thanks to the tutorial the product is easy to use and a great way to paint without the expensive equipment.

5.0

Great results

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I purchased this for my Tele build and it worked fantastic. I used 3 coats on the neck and it came out with that perfect aged color. I shot clear over the top until I built enough coats.

5.0

Verry good

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Stew Mac NAILED this color

5.0

Excellent; first timers beware.

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As your friends have probably told you Stewmac lacquer is a little overpriced, I'll give you that. But it's great stuff and it's good somebody did the work for you, finding the guitar oriented stuff in the universe of finishing products out there and bringing it to a place where you know you can get it.
This product is really great, just know hat the number of coats effects the darkness pretty dramatically, so be careful when you go to do "just one little touch up there"; as you may have to do the whole surface.
Excellent stuff.

5.0

Good product

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The only thing I would like to add is that the Aged Clear aerosol is NOT the same as the Traditional Aged lacquer. The former has a light brown dye added, while the latter does not (it ages chemically, I believe). It took we a while to figure that out. Also, with the aerosol, it is important not to let it run as the dye will leave a dark streak that cannot be easily fixed. Several light coats are the key. It did a GREAT job of making the figure pop on a flamed maple neck I made for a Firebird copy.

5.0

Beautiful and applies great

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Really nice and easy to work with -- highly recommended

5.0

Reasearch how you want to do you project

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I have done a lot wood working. But this the first time I have worked with this type of paint. So I would say to research what kind of wood you are working on. Ask a lot of questions about how to use the paint given. I had some problems getting the coverage I wanted from this color. But finely got it to do what I wanted. I am now doing the next step. Hopefully I can get this finished before Christmas.

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