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Guitar Paints and Lacquers

  Cellulose Paint
(Solid)
Cellulose Paint
(Metallic)
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
(Clear)
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
(Tinted)
Waterborne Lacquer
(Clear)
Waterborne Lacquer
(Tinted)
Waterborne Paint
Can be sprayed? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can be brushed? No No No No Yes No No
See-through or opaque? Opaque Opaque See-through See-through See-through See-through Opaque
Clarity.. None None High Good High Good None
Build/solids content.. Medium Medium Low Medium Medium Medium High
Requires a base coat? Yes
Cellulose Primer
Yes
Cellulose Primer
Yes
Cellulose Paint
Tinted Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Cellulose Sanding Sealer
Yes
Cellulose Sanding Sealer
Yes
Waterborne Paint or Lacquer
Yes
Waterborne Sanding Sealer
Yes
Waterborne Primer
Requires a top coat? Only for satin, matt or vintage style finishes. Yes
Clear Nitrocellulose Lacquer
No Yes
Clear Nitrocellulose Lacquer
No Yes
Clear Waterborne Lacquer
Yes
Clear Waterborne Lacquer
Thinned using.. Standard or Premium Cellulose Thinners Standard or Premium Cellulose Thinners Premium Cellulose Thinners Standard or Premium Cellulose Thinners Water Water Water
Available in aerosols? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Available bottled for spray guns? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Drying time before polishing? 1 week n/a 2 weeks n/a 2 days n/a 2 days
Cracks with age? No No Yes No No No No
Discolours with age? No No Yes No No No No
Examples of colours.. Fiesta Red, Seafoam Green, Olympic White Lake Placid Blue, Pelham Blue, Inca Silver Clear Gloss, Clear Satin, Clear Matt Blonde, Butterscotch, Heritage Cherry Red, Amber Clear Gloss, Clear Satin, Clear Matt Blonde, Heritage Cherry Red, Amber Fiesta Red, Seafoam Green, Black