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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. 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

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Instructions

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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

Good product

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Best thing if you do not have your own spraying equipment. Several lessons learned: thinner applications are better, better to apply more coats than not enough or else you might sand through when finishing, I apply 2-3 thin coats 5-10 minutes apart and count it as 1 coat then wait 1-2 hours before next coat ( doing 3 or 4 coats a day then waiting 24 hours before lightly level sanding with 400 grit, I find 8-12 coats plenty for a mirror finish.

5.0

Just what I was looking for

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I want to do a nitro finish on a tele build. this is my first build and I am not a professional. this can of spray is making the process very easy. thanks

5.0

Wow, the clear vinyl sealer is EXCELLENT!

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I'm finishing a mahogany telecaster body and neck right now. I grain filled the body first without a sealer coat because my body is going to be an opaque stew mac vintage white so if the timbermate mahogany grain filler stained the wood it wont show anyways. Normally I will do a thinned wash coat first or just use a sealer/filler combination product like dap premium 3 in 1. Anyways after doing 3 grain filler passes an sanding it back I started with the vinyl sealer. It goes on so level and thin. The tip that comes with the can is the small white adjustable fan style and it atomized the lacquer really well. After each coat I very lightly and gently knocked off the roughness with 600 grit sandpaper, just really light passes to knock off the rough stuff. I cant believe how even the vinyl sealer laid out. And it drys much faster than regular clear gloss lacquer. For the neck I did a wash/sealer coat with Mohawk clear gloss lacquer and the difference between the clear gloss mohawk and the stewmac vinyl sealer is night and day. After spraying the neck in clear gloss I let it dry about a day then sanded it back and got rid of a couple runs (I had absolutely no runs with the stew mac vinyl sealer btw) now I'm going to grain fill today. I actually wish I'd used the vinyl sealer on the neck also. I still might sand off the clear gloss and use the vinyl sealer first. It really does provide a perfect sealer coat. I will without a doubt be using the Colortone Vinyl Sealer in the future! Before I spray I always use an immersion heater in a big pot to get some water warm, not boiling, just warm and put the lacquer can in the water for about 10 minutes while I set up my spray rig in the barn. Lacquer works much better warm especially if your using aerosol cans. THIS IS IMPORTANT THOUGH, dont put the cans directly into the water. The cans have a paper label that will break down and get nasty if they get wet. So I always put the cans in a zip lock bag first. I suppose you could spray a coat of lacquer over the label to seal it like you would with a waterslide decal. Anyways the paper label is my only gripe. The colortone vinyl sealer is excellent. I'm looking forward to trying out the vintage white colortone lacquer later on today. So far I've done 3 coats of vinyl sealer and the can feels like it has at least 2 more coats in it. But I'm probably only going to do one more coat of vinyl sealer for good measure. So four vinyl sealer coats total. Three already seems like plenty though. If you normally seal with a filler/sealer like I used to or a thinned lacquer wash coat I highly recommend that you try the colortone vinyl sealer. It provides an EXCELLENT foundation for your color coats or stain/clear coats.

5.0

Great coverage,  no runs

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I'm covering an old body with pronounced grain. This is going to help greatly.

5.0

Great product

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I love this stuff. Great coverage, easy to work with, great results

5.0

Great

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Used before, will again

5.0

High Quality Lacquer

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I bought this to re-lacquer a Gibson Les Paul headstock and the results were amazing - looks just as good as when it was new. Must use in a well ventilated area with a respirator mask.
You want to the spray to come out as smooth as possible on the guitar to cut down on the amount of sanding you'll have to do later. To get a smooth spray warm the lacquer in a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes and spray onto a warm surface. The first coat should be a "tack coat" ( a very light coat so the subsequent heavier coats will stick better). I spray 3 coats a day with 2 hours of drying time in between coats, (a total of 12 coats total over a period of 4 days). Then I wet sand starting with 1,500 then 2,000 and finally 2,500 grit sandpaper. Buff with Rubbing compound and finally polishing compound for a beautiful high gloss shine.

5.0

Simple to use!

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Bought to finish guitar body, great finish!

5.0

Good stuff from a rattle can!

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You can get a decent finish with stew Mac aerosol lacquer and their shipping was fast as usual even right before holidays when everyone else was having shipping delays. Five star service!

5.0

Colortone stain and laquer

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Stain came out beautifully, i do NOT like the spray tips with the laquer but the nitro laquer is awesome once you get good coverage... 2 piece alder body also from stumac... love you guys! Thanks!

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