ColorTone Waterbase Lacquer Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Waterbase Lacquer.


ColorTone Waterbase Guitar Lacquers have been formulated to give a clear, hard, easy to apply and easy to repair alternative to current solvent finish choices. The ColorTone waterbase product line includes stains, pigments, grain filler, sanding sealer, clear gloss topcoat and retarder. These materials can be used together exclusively, or used under and on top of many other products, such as shellac or lacquer.

Clear Gloss Topcoat is a crystal-clear acrylic waterbase lacquer that has 100% burn-in between coats, without a time limit. That makes it repairable, much like nitrocellulose lacquer. It is a thermoplastic resin and will shrink and move around with the heat of buffing. It sands and buffs well to a high gloss, with good hardness, clarity and durability. Full chemical cure occurs in 150 hours.


Mix well. Stir gently, do not shake. Allow air bubbles to settle before straining and pouring into spray equipment.

ColorTone waterbase products require a clean, dust-free, wax-free surface for optimum performance. New wood should be sanded to 220-grit, vacuumed and blown dust free. If the surface has been contaminated with oils or waxes, wipe down with an equal mix of denatured alcohol and water. If the surface has been modified, clean and test waterbase products compatibility before proceeding.


Waterbase finish doesn't look wet and glossy as you're spraying, unlike nitrocellulose lacquer. Be careful not to lay it on too thick, looking for that glossy wetness. Good lighting is very important. Spray light coats, carefully overlap your spray pattern by 1/3-1/2 for coverage with uniform thickness.

Optimum spraying condition is 70'F, and 45-60% relative humidity. Dry, oil and dirt-free air with proper ventilation is a must.

  • For gravity feed gun, 40-60 psi with a tip size of 1.3mm is recommended.
  • For siphon feed gun, tip size of 1.8mm is recommended.

Waterbase Retarder or water can be added to reduce viscosity. When hot/dry conditions cause the finish to dry too fast, thin with 5%-15% Waterbase Retarder.

Clean up

Clean spray equipment with warm, clean water immediately after each use. Do not leave lacquer in the spray gun for more than a few hours at a time. Remove dried finish with very hot water and alkaline cleaner, such as an all-purpose cleaner, degreaser and stripper. Store unused lacquer in a sealed container.

Keep out of the reach of children.



Do not induce vomiting. Administer large amounts of water or milk. SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.


Flush with fresh water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention.


Promptly wash area with soap and water, and rinse thoroughly. Remove contaminated clothing.


Remove exposed persons to well ventilated area. Treat symptomatically. Wear a NIOSHA-approved respirator while spraying. USE IN WELL VENTILATED AREAS. AVOID INHALING SPRAY.

Composition ingredients:

Compound Name CAS#
Acrylic Copolymer Resin 63744-68-3
Dipropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether 34590-94-2
Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether 107-98-2
Water 7732-18-5
VOC Content: 31 Grams Per Liter
HAPS Content: 0.0