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ColorTone Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer Traditional Aged Gloss

Traditional Aged Gloss

Item # 4820
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ColorTone Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer Traditional Aged Satin

Traditional Aged Satin

Item # 4821
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ColorTone Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer Modern Clear Gloss

Modern Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer Modern Clear Satin

Modern Clear Satin

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ColorTone Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer

About This Item

ColorTone is specially formulated for the needs of stringed instruments. It's a hard, durable finish that's more flexible than standard furniture lacquer, allowing for the natural expansion and contraction that occurs when a guitar is exposed to humidity and temperature changes.

ColorTone Lacquer is ready to spray with no thinning required, for faster finish build-up in multiple coats.

Traditional Aged is a clear lacquer that has a very slight amber cast and over time it will develop a traditional, warm vintage look on your instrument. It is the ideal choice for touching up a vintage guitar. Available in Gloss or Satin.

Modern Clear lacquer creates an ultra clear finish without altering or dimming the color of your instrument, perfect for preserving the natural or stained color of tonewoods. This finish will not age and yellow at the same rate as our Traditional Aged lacquer, meaning it will stay water clear much longer. Available in Gloss or Satin.

"I find the Modern Clear will reinforce or even enhance the purple/blue hues of Indian Rosewood, whereas the Traditional Aged Clear will tone down the purples and give the instrument a warmer, slightly amber color."
—Todd Sams, StewMac R+D Supervisor and builder of Sams Guitars

ColorTone Lacquer works best when applied over ColorTone Vinyl Sealer, ensuring maximum flexibility and a more even build when spraying.

1-quart can.

One can goes a long way! One quart will finish:
1 acoustic guitar body and neck
2 entire mandolins
2 to 3 solid guitar or bass bodies
3 to 5 electric guitar or bass necks
4 ukuleles
2 to 3 dulcimers
2 to 3 banjo rims and necks

Keep in mind there are many application variables: your spray gun adjustments, PSI used, how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

Lacquer products are flammable! They cannot be shipped outside the USA nor shipped by air within the USA. Nitrocellulose lacquer products should not be used with acrylic lacquers.



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


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to mix colors to match a Fender 2-tone sunburst

Finishing recipe from Dan Erlewine: Dan shows how to mix up the amber and brown-black colors that recreate one of the favorite sunbursts seen on early Fenders!

Instructions

Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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

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5.0

So far, so good!

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Note that I use Preval aerosol units to spray. I am happy and will use it again.

This goes on as well as the best lacquers I have used previously. I found to mix no more than 50-50 and spray light for build coats. You can spray heavier on wash-coat finishes. Satin wash-coat, I suggest a 4:1 with a few drops of retarder, then mist coats.

My first use was the Color tone Clear Satin over a acrylic gold, to seal water-slide decals on a pedal. It crazed a little, as I should have used a 400 grit on the gold before the lacquer.

The, refinishing a Jazz Bass. For the body, vintage Behlen gloss to seal, shaker cans of Fender primer white and Fiesta Red from another vendor. Then, Color Tone Clear Gloss mostly in 50-50 mixes, with a dash of red powder dye to tone the early coats. Finished with a wash-coat of 4:1 solvent to lacquer, with a few drops of retarder. 20 days later - spectacular.

The neck I used the Clear Gloss with some amber powder dye for seal & a few build coats, to give it a vintage look. Did a few clear build coats. Let it dry for 3 days, then a 4:1 solvent to Clear Satin with a few drops of retarder - misting this on for a frosted feel.

I tested the durability after a 20 day cure, by abusing the stick I use as a paint handle for the body. It typically gets as much paint as the body and thought it would be a good representation. Even though the finish is hard and resonant, it was hard to crack or chip. No sagging or evidence of gummy paint at the point of adhesion. Passed my expectations!

Note to first-timers: this is lacquer and will shrink to show the details of what you are painting. Prep the foundation and level sand after curing to get a 'factory finish'.

5.0

Guitar Finishing

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Verified Buyer


I build on an average a guitar every three months and always use Color Tone Lacquer as my finish. Other lacquer products I've tried just don't compare with the quality of Color Tone Lacquer. Weather the customer wants a satin, high gloss or aged finish Color Tone Lacquer is the product for the job.

1.0

It must be me

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Verified Buyer


It must be me, but I cannot get a usable finish with this stuff. I been building and finishing guitars for 15 years using Behlen products, now Mohawk, thought I give this a try, however immediately after level sanding and buffing it starts cracking especially around any cavities or holes, my last attempt was a body that cured for over 6 months with same results.
Again it must be me, because it gets good reviews, so I'll be using Mohawk products going forward, I be interested if anyone else has had these issues.

5.0

Good service

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I havent used the nitro, because of a mistake i made, involving waterslide decals...i needed poly instead, so im saving the nitro for other projects, but i got good advice from stewmac on the issue and the nitro got here quick.

5.0

Excellent feather and blend product.

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Verified Buyer


Gibson has traditionally used nitro cellulose Lacquer on their instruments and this convenient and easy to use aerosol makes spot repairs so much easier. Feather edging is a snap and polish out is virtually undetectable. If done right no one will ever know!

4.0

Like the can

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Verified Buyer


Good stuff, hard finish that polishes well. I have had issues with it cracking easier than the Seagrave Stewmac used to sell.. I used this newer lacquer on two guitars, and if the wood gives even a bit while inserting the neck or a screw or tuner nuts, the finish cracks. Never had this issue with the Seagrave stuff..

5.0

The right finish for the right job.

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Until now, I was using automotive lacquer for finishing. It was probably my lack of experience, but my results were hit or miss and the misses were followed by a lot of time spent sanding. I used this product on my last build and it went flawlessly. I highly recommend it.

5.0

Stuff is great!

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I'm by no means an expert with lacquer, and I've gotten a good finish with it. Easy to fix repairs with it. My only problem is, I seem to waste a whole can or more on an electric guitar.

5.0

The best on a Martin

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Verified Buyer


I had to Morton's to finish that I built I figured I'd try it and I love it... Strongly recommended

5.0

Great product

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Great product - very happy with quality - Highly Recommended

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