Please see our COVID-19 Statement
ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Blond

Blond

Item # 5884
In stock, ready to ship!

$19.44

3 or more $17.50
+
ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer TV Yellow

TV Yellow

Item # 5885
In stock, ready to ship!

$19.44

3 or more $17.50
+
ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sonic Blue

Sonic Blue

Item # 5886
In stock, ready to ship!

$19.44

3 or more $17.50
+
ColorTone 50s Classic Colors Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Aged Clear

Aged Clear

Item # 5887
In stock, ready to ship!

$19.44

3 or more $17.50
+
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

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.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


Video

Instructions

Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Fair
  • Poor
Write a review
4.5
  • 4.52 average rating from 99 reviews
Sort by
5.0

Tele necks

By

Verified Buyer


Perfect finish for an aged looking tele neck.

5.0

Super Accurate

By

Verified Buyer


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.

By

Verified Buyer


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

By

Verified Buyer


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

1.0

Big disappointment

By

Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Instant old

By

Verified Buyer


I really don't like the look of brand new spruce tops, and am getting too old to wait around for the natural aging process. This is the next best thing, adds just the right amount of color to the top so it looks old right off the bat. Might not fool an expert but to me at least it looks much better than 'natural' spruce.

5.0

great color

By

Verified Buyer


changed the color on the neck to a warmer tone

5.0

awesome color

By

Verified Buyer


Great color.. easy to use.. Applied to the Tele neck my son and I are building. just a great color

5.0

Nailed it

By

Verified Buyer


They got the tone right on this one. Looks spot on to the yellowed TV Gibson LPJ color. If you prefer a spray gun, the cans cans be trying. I found, if I prewarmed the can in hot water and sprayed with ambient temps below 95 F, the cans are a manageable tool. I had to crack the code of the spitting can, but if I cant find a way to use a gun to spray this tone, I’d use this A. can again.

Note: The paint is not a toner and opacity builds very quickly, 2 coats and its a struggle to see wood grain.

Pros: they nailed the tint, flows well if prewarmed, and mixed, backed by StewMac product G so you can’t lose really. Best CS in the business.
Cons: can’t thin or amend, the gloss black loved to spit and cough. The yellow flowed fine.

Bottom line: if you are a can user, buy this for the TV yellow junior look and you will be pleased. A Spray gun builder may want to thin a bit without being able.....the pic is fresh, no clear coats yet.

5.0

Sonic Blue is a stunning color

By

Verified Buyer


You really just have to see it up close to get the full affect.
Amazing color, and have been all the colors I have used.
Just a great product.

Showing 10 of 99 Read more reviews >>
 
  • Strat®, Tele®, P Bass®, Jazz Bass®, and Broadcaster® are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
  • Les Paul® is a registered trademark of Gibson Guitar Corporation.
  • Stratocaster®, Strat®, Telecaster® and Tele® are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.