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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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Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of nitrocellulose finishing.

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5.0

Great product

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If you are willing to add a little elbow grease in the rubout part you can get a professional finish without the expensive rig. Be sure to wear the proper respirator.

4.0

2nd can for this tele build

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It's a well pressurized spray can, definitely runs out of paint before it runs out of push.
I am getting this can for the Telecastor kit. The kit only included one can of color lacquer, not enough if you make any mistakes like I did.

4.0

Aged Clear works

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Watch the videos. Light coats on an angle. Good results.

5.0

Good vintage colors

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Can't go wrong with these colors to get that vintage look. I painted a boring black Squier strat with sonic blue. Sanded the black with 320 grit, removed dust, then did multiple coats of this lacquer, followed by a glossy clear coat. This was my first time painting a guitar with spray cans. The sonic blue went on flawlessly with no runs. Orange peel did appear in some spots when wet but it dried smooth. The only issue I had on mine was that I could never get my clear coat to polish to a gloss finish. It stayed matte and I even accidentally sanded (with 1200 grit) through the clear coat and blue so my final finish ended up with a road worn look which actually still looks good. All in all a fun way to turn a boring guitar into a vintage beast. On the next one I'll practice more patience and wait longer before sanding.

5.0

The genuine blue Lacquer

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After a million searches for the perfect blue paint, I decided to just get the genuine article. That "perfect blue" color that I was searching for is exactly this. "VINTAGE" BLUE GUITAR LACQUER. With a thin coat of this, & a thin coat of clear lacquer on top, I will have a perfect guitar that will age magically to perfection year after year. Thanks Stew Mac!!

5.0

Tele necks

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Perfect finish for an aged looking tele neck.

5.0

Super Accurate

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I did a refin on my old Tele. I wanted to age a Sherwood Green from a more "grass" type hue to a more "moss" type hue. Rather than spraying more color on the body, I let this Aged Clear lacqer do the job. It was so easy to use and very subtle so I could gradually get it to the color I wanted. Awesome!

5.0

First time with spray can lacquer and it’s all good.

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Disclaimer: for over fifteen years, I had full access to a spray booth and Rudd Vintage Lacquer through my association with a well-known shop in NE Ohio. All good things come to an end but I had things to finish, so, StewMac to the rescue. First project, a Tele style neck. The color equals anything I’d done in the past. Once I adapted from a compressor driven gun to the can, the finish is as good as well. The two week drying time is the same as I gave my previous work. Next week I expect to wet sand, polish, and install.

5.0

Perfect Color

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I've used their butterscotch blond before..it worked out great. So did this "blond"..perfect vintage vibe..

1.0

Big disappointment

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Finish is still not hard after over 2 years. I followed all the directions and it will still dent under light fingernail pressure.

Response from StewMac


Hi Benjamin,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We are sorry to hear that the ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer did not work for you as expected. We have sent you an email so that we can get a little more information and work on making this right. Just reply to that message when you get a chance and our customer service team will take care of everything.

It's possible that this could be less of a finish not curing issue, and more of a matter of your finish choice. Nitrocellulose lacquer is not as forgiving as modern polyurethane finishes, which are essentially sprayable epoxies that dry rock hard. Nitrocellulose can be easily dinged with light fingernail pressure, even when fully cured.

We hope that information is helpful and look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks again for the feedback.

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