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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

Clear Gloss

Item # 3881
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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

Clear Satin

Item # 3882
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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

Item # 3888
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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

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

Clear Nitro Lacquer

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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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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.

5.0

I thought satin touch-ups would be impossible

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I had several nasty dings in the neck of a brand new worn ebony neck (Les Paul Special) I thought would never be fixable. I steamed out the dents but lost the finish in the process. With guidance from a StewMac rep (thank you Tommy S!) I was able to fill the remaining surface imperfections using a ColorTone Touch-up (Clear Gloss Lacquer) Marker and then blending it with the rest of the neck PERFECTLY. You can still see the coloring difference, but it's perfectly smooth and perfectly matched otherwise - it just looks like the wood's grain now. I'm absolutely amazed, this stuff worked so well! I'll upload before and after pics, hopefully they do it justice. (again, the entire neck is perfectly flat/smooth now - what you see is merely visual)

5.0

Clear Gloss Lacquer

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I've been wanting to give my Gibson SG as make-over. It was black and had the normal wear found on older used axes. I've always liked the deep red Mahogany finish on the SG. I do have plenty of experience with painting and finishing. 90% of a good finish is the prep before the finish. After a lot of sanding down to 1000 grit the guitar was ready for the sealing coat of lacquer, then some more sanding and another seal coat, more sanding, and then I applied the 1st gloss coat, than the color coat, and finally more gloss coats. One thing nice about working with Lacquer is it is really a hot paint an will actually melt into the under coats making for a really nice even finish. Always spray to a wet edge with lacquer or your will get orange peel and do more sanding. Finally a 1500 grit wet sanding and then buffing for a really beautiful finish. Probably better than factory. Certainly better than the old black warn finish. I highly recommend StewMacs Lacquer finish. The Mahogany color is spot on.

5.0

Better than you've heard...

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Verified Buyer


No matter ewhat you see on the luthier forums, StewMac lacquer is a very good product. DO WATCH the videos, and especially use the warming the can tip it sprays much better when its warmed.

The stuff works. All that counts.

5.0

exactly

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Verified Buyer


Only the best to make your guitar look beautiful! Thank you!

5.0

ColorTone Guitar Lacquer

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5.0

Worked exactly as described.

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Verified Buyer


I couldn’t be happier. See my review on ColorTone Vintage Tinted Lacquer for the full story.

5.0

No Problems

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I've used this before & always had great results.

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