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Nitrocellulose Lacquer (Coloured, Tinted)

Stock Details
Stock Status:
   Only ships to UK and Europe. Most colours ship within 24 hours, some are made to order.

Product Description

Pre-tinted traditional nitrocellulose lacquers for use on guitars, vintage instruments and antique restorations. dartfords Tinted Nitrocellulose Lacquers can be used to create stunning see-through coloured and sunburst finishes. Nitrocellulose guitar lacquer is an air-drying lacquer which sets through solvent evaporation. Once sprayed the cellulose thinner and other solvents evaporate to leave behind the nitrocellulose resins, thus forming the finish. Compared to contemporary lacquers its lower solids content makes it easy to achieve a thin finish which is ideal for guitars (both electric and acoustic), as it does not inhibit the movement of the wood.

Specifications, Usage and Characteristics
Sizes 50ml Touchup Bottle; 250ml Bottle; 1 litre Bottle; 400ml Aerosol Spray Can
Application Type Spray application only. Touchup pots can be used for <5mm drop fill repairs.
Colours See below for full list, and select from dropdown above when ordering.
Basecoat Should be used over dartfords Clear Cellulose Sanding Sealer
Top Coat Tinted lacquers need to have a clear top coat applied. Use dartfords Clear Nitrocellulose Lacquer.
Polishing Tinted lacquers should not be polished as this will likely give a patchy finish. Instead, top coat with dartfords Clear Nitrocellulose Lacquer, and polish the clear top coat.
Thinning Thin up to maximum of 30% with dartfords Standard Cellulose Thinners (i.e., 70:30 lacquer:thinners).
Spray Schedule Recommended 4 hours between coats. Maximum 3 coats per day. Apply enough coats to achieve desired strength of colour. Allow to dry for 24 hours before spraying clear top coat.
Usage Level Professional Use Only
Usage Scenarios Guitar & instrument manufacture and repair; antique restoration; furniture repair. Suitable for interior applications only.
Aging Nitrocellulose lacquer cracks and discolours as it ages - it's a question of when not if. To accelerate cracking, for creating aged effects, over-thin the lacquer and spray multiple thin coats. To mimic discolouration spray dartfords Lightest Brown Tinted Nitrocellulose over the top.
Lightfastness Colours have strong lightfastness (resistance to fading when exposed to UV). Being a nitrocellulose lacquer they will gradually yellow with age.
Tips When using tinted lacquer in a spray gun the intensity of the colour can be reduced by combining it with dartfords Clear Cellulose Sanding Sealer.
Common Pitfalls Do not overthin - maximum 30%, usually around 20%. Using lacquer which is too thin, and applying too many coats, can lead to cracking and delamination.
Shipping Restrictions Can only ship by road to UK and European addresses.
Shelf Life Use aerosols within 1 year of purchase. Use bottled lacquer within 2 years of purchase.
Safety Use only in a well ventilated area. Always wear appropriate PPE when using. Keep away from children, pregnant women and animals. Professional use only.
Colour Descriptions
Amber Standard amber colour, a rich tint for use on sunburst finishes.
Amber (Strong) A concentrated version of standard Amber, with twice the pigmentation for a very strong Amber colour.
Amber (Weak) Half the colour strength of standard Amber.
Amber (Weakest) Quarter the colour strength of standard Amber, making it suitable for subtle tinting and aging effects on paint and lighter woods.
Black (Strong)* Almost opaque black. Forms part of many sunburst finishes.
Black (Tinted) See-through black, to be used lightly on highly figured woods such as ash and maple for best effect. Forms part of many sunburst finishes.
Blue (Dark Cobalt) Very intense dark cobalt blue tint.
Blue (Light) Lighter shade of blue than cobalt.
Brown (Dark) Dark brown colour, useful for tobacco sunbursts and heavy aged appearances. Leans more towards yellow than red.
Brown (Light) Light oak colour, useful for medium aging on paintwork and guitar necks.
Brown (Lightest) Half the colour strength of Light Brown, useful for precise aged and discoloured effects over paintwork and natural wood.
Butterscotch* Semi-opaque slightly off white colour emulating early butterscotch finishes. Similar effect to putting Lightest Brown over White Blonde.
Butterscotch (Toffee Light)* A whiter version of Toffee Butterscotch.
Butterscotch (Toffee)* An almost opaque, Toffee caramel butterscotch colour similar to that used on modern Butterscotch instruments. Not vintage.
Green (British Racing) See through British Racing Green colour. Better clarity than mixing British Racing Green Cellulose Paint with clear base coat as it contains no white.
Green (Emerald) Vivid emerald colour.
Green (Lime) Bright lime colour.
Green (Teal) Blue-green, but still see through unlike Turquoise.
Mahogany (Dark Rich) Towards the reddish end of the mahogany spectrum, this is ideal for going over mahogany and sapele on Les Paul style builds, and is also used in myriad sunburst finishes.
Orange (Dark) Almost red, just about orange.
Orange (Light) Very close to the classic Gretsch Orange, light and bright.
Oxblood* Looks black from a distance but from some angles its noticeably just a very dark red.
Purple Strong tint, should be built up gradually and even then only the strongest grain will show through.
Red (Heritage Cherry) Classic colour as found on Gibsons for decades.
Red (Light) The closest available to a standard red. Much lighter than Heritage, less in your face than Tomato.
Red (Solid Heritage Cherry)* Solid dark cherry colour, most useful for spraying over repairs on broken necks. Use this solid version to cover the joint, feather the edges, then go over it with standard Heritage Cherry Red to blend in with the rest of the see-through finish.
Red (Strong Cherry)* Near-opaque light cherry red that will allow barely any grain to show through. Looks quite similar to some modern Fiesta Red shades.
Red (Tomato) Bright, vivid tomato red colour.
Red (Wine) Heritage Cherry with a hint of blue - not purple, just a nice deep Wine colour.
Turquoise* Near-opaque, a light blue Turquoise.
Walnut (Solid)* Near-opaque understated brown colour which, much like the Solid Heritage Cherry Red, is useful for hiding repairs. Cover the repaired area with this solid colour, then go over with a see through colour to seamlessly blend it in with the surrounding natural wood.
Walnut (Tinted) See-through walnut colour, a neutral brown which is less yellow than Light Brown, and less red than Dark Rich Mahogany.
White (Blonde)* Semi-opaque straight white which will allow the grain of woods such as Swamp Ash to show through, although less defined grain patterns such as those on most Alder will be hidden. An absolute classic finish.
White (Super Trans Blonde) Half the colour intensity of the standard White Blonde to allow even more grain to show through. Use together with the White Blonde to create stunning subtle white-on-white sunburst effects.
Yellow (Cadmium) Bright, zingy absolute yellow.
Yellow (Dark) Dark and a tad grotty, this subdued yellow forms the central patch in 50s style sunbursts.
Yellow (Light) A pure yellow, good tint strength but light and bright in colour.
Yellow (Pale)* Near-opaque light yellow colour, can make an interesting centre for yellow-red-black sunbursts.

Product Reviews

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  1. Excellent product.

    Posted by Steve Bell srb-guitars on 9th Nov 2017

    I ordered this for a SG neck repair. It was a perfect colour match. No bloom. Great spray pattern. Easy to apply. My customer is delighted with the invisible repair and so am I. Not all Nitro spray cans are created equally. These are the best and I will be using them exclusively in the future.

  2. Satin walnut tint spray - great stuff

    Posted by Denvers Designs on 16th Oct 2017

    I must have gone through 30 cans of this on clocks and awards and it's always been perfect. Gives bare, untreated walnut a rich, deep finish. The tint gives it a bit of a deeper colour which I like. Super fast drying and very smooth finish.

    Keep your nozzles clean, try to keep can level as it approaches empty, and don't try to eke every last drop out of a can. You should have no problem with spluttering and spots.

  3. Great product.

    Posted by Stuart on 27th Jan 2017

    First time I have used solid colour, bought for a repair job. product excellent and very acceptable colour match achieved.

  4. Nitrocellulose Aerosol spray - Nice color, easy to apply

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Jan 2017

    I am finishing a LP Style guitar kit and was looking for a 50ies color for the back my body and neck. Red (Heritage Cherry) was a really good choice.
    The spraying was easy and the color really nice.
    5 Points !!

  5. Nitrocellulose Aerosol spray - Nice color, easy to apply

    Posted by Michael on 4th Jan 2017

    I am finishing a LP Style guitar kit and was looking for a 50ies color for the back my body and neck. Red (Heritage Cherry) was a really good choice.
    The spraying was easy and the color really nice.
    5 Points !!

  6. Nitrocellulose Lacquer (Coloured, Tinted)

    Posted by Ed on 5th Sep 2016

    Excellent quality laquer. Sprays very even; dries quickly and provides a beautiful, classy shine to the wood. One can gave me some issues with the sprayhead, causing the paint to spatter a bit. As for the butterscotch finishes: I firmly recommend to test the colour on a piece of wood first! Personally I found them much lighter than expected. This is not necessarily a bad thing; just something to be aware of. Overall I'm very happy with the result and the excellent service from R&F

  7. Top quality!!

    Posted by Scott Mckay on 18th Apr 2016

    Used this for my first telecaster build. Follow the instructions via their website and its a breeze.
    Really happy with the result.
    I used the amber (weakest) to give the neck that vintage look.
    The more you coat, the darker it gets.
    I needed advice as well on drying time and a finishing coat. Emailed my questions and was answered quickly. Simon !!! Thanks again.

  8. Good stuff, though I didn't need two.

    Posted by Tom on 26th Jul 2015

    One can took my guitar body down to a lovely deep cherry, I didn't actually need the second can I thought I did. Just a head's up.

    Good quality product nonetheless.

  9. Aerosol Nitrocellulose Lacquer

    Posted by Ray on 23rd Jul 2015

    Quality Lacquer that gives a great finish once flatted and polished. Descriptions of tinted lacquers seem accurate when compared to vintage finishes. Only slight downside (hence only 4 stars) is when the can becomes part empty spraying onto an item lying flat as per the R & K knowledge base, means the spray may become intermittent and "sputter" may occur. Keeping the can upright stops this but means spraying onto a guitar body held vertically and risking runs. The key is practice and spraying multiple thin coats rather than fewer heavy ones.

  10. awsum

    Posted by David Gisby on 26th Jun 2015

    I'm fairly new to this paint system, have spent a long time researching... But if u want colour then these are the paints, keep an eye on temperature tho, or theyl bloom slightly. Cobalt blue is super deep yet from the areasole very controlerble.. Highly recomend, I'm currently xperimenting on glass and steel, amazing colour

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