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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

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

The best aerosol lacquer I've ever used

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Verified Buyer


I've used a lot of different brands of aerosol lacquers over the years, and this is by far the best I've ever tried. Yes, it's pricey... but after spending countless hours on building an instrument, encountering frustrations with the finish is something I'm willing to pay to avoid. I've never had a problem with fisheye, runs, orange peal, or any of the other things that just mysteriously seem to happen when spraying lacquer. I use the Sanding Sealer first, then this lacquer. Always sprays evenly and dries to a wonderful finish. Granted, it will run if you apply too heavily, and I'm sure silicone or other contaminates on your surface will cause problems. But follow the rules and with practice, great results can be achieved with this product. Best tip: Heating the lacquer in warm water before spraying. Thanks StewMac!

5.0

Good results

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Verified Buyer


I have finished several instruments with Preval sprayers, and while I still use them for wash coats and custom colors, ColorTone Aerosol is a much better solution for building up coats. Much easier and faster with better results than the Preval. I was thinking of investing in a high pressure spray system but don't think it will be necessary after trying these.

4.0

First time user

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Verified Buyer


I am very pleased with this product. Sprays well for an aerosol.

5.0

Only the best!

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Verified Buyer


If you are doing a lacquer finish on your guitar, and don't have the fancy air gun and compressor set up, this is the way to go. The final finish cannot be beat after a proper sanding and polishing. Stew-Mac even has a calculator to figure out how many cans you need to finish different guitars. With proper polishing, you can't tell the difference between a factory finish and the Color Tone finish. This is the only finish I will use. When you put a lot of effort into your build, finish it with the best. The photo shows one of my results. Outstanding!

4.0

Works well (mostly)

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Verified Buyer


I've probably used around 12 cans of various ColorTone lacquer and have not had any problems with it, except for the last can of clear gloss I received. When I sprayed that can, it caused splats or blobs on the surface. Was not happy! I finally figured out the spray nozzle was the problem, so I swapped it out with a nozzle from an older can I still had around, and that fixed it. In the future I will make sure to test spray each can. Otherwise, like I said, no problems with the lacquer (as long as it's warm and the humidity is < 50%).

5.0

Great color.

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Verified Buyer


Great color, easy to use.

4.0

 Nice for Headstocks

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Verified Buyer


Works great for clear coating headstocks.

5.0

Clear Nitro Lacquer

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Verified Buyer


The product pricing is the best at StewMac - am very glad I checked it out before purchasing somewhere else.It laid down smoothly and couldn't be happier with the results. And lovede the support I got. Great company to deal with.

5.0

Covers well

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Verified Buyer


if your spraying flat, alternate cans, they will lose output at too steep an angle. Took about 10 coats on a classic top.

5.0

Excellent product

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Easy to use with great results.

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