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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

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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

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

exactly

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

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5.0

Worked exactly as described.

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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.

5.0

Clear coat

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Product works great

5.0

Easy to use and looks great

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My current T-Style kit project is my first experience with ColorTone lacquer. I heated it in hot water as instructed, and I am very happy with the result. Easy to use. I'm not finished building my guitar yet, but the lacquer application is done, and it looks great!

5.0

Excellent product

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I used 3 cans and had no problems with any of them. Follow the instructions and warm the can before spraying. I like the rotating nozzle. I used the fan pattern for everything, including the color spray. Dries for re-coats in 1 hour. I let it set up for 2 hours before additional coats. I gave my guitar 15 coats over the sunburst color and now waiting 15 days now before final sanding and polishing.

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disappointed

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the last 2 cans i bought have issues with spit and uneven spraying pressure even with new nozzles i love their products but the last can has caused me some grief with spatter droplets the can before that did ok until its gets down to a half of a can not happy i wont be using this clear for a while maybe i just got a couple of bad cans

5.0

Always a great finish

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I have been using Stewmac aerosol lacquer for quite a while. It always does a good job and hold up well. I have several guitars I have refinished with aerosol lacquer and others by mixing and spraying through a gun and have not noticed any difference with the finished product quality or longevity. The only thing that bothers me about it is the fact that it's a little pricey. You don't have a lot of options in aerosol lacquer so I guess you are forced to bite the bullet.

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for use on guitar necks

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spraying guitar necks

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