Dartfords Pigmented Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer

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Blonde, Butterscotch, Oxblood.. these and others are what we have named our Pigmented Nitro lacquers. Clear base but with solid colour pigments, these will give you a semi-opaque finish that will allow just a little bit of grain to show through.

  • Traditional nitrocellulose lacquer for instrument finishing and repair
  • Classic vintage formulation with minimal plasticisers and additives
  • Pigmented colours will only allow a small amount of wood grain to show through, giving a semi-opaque finish
  • Available in ready-to-use aerosol spray cans, or bottles for use in spray guns
  • Wide selection of colours from vintage butterscotch and blonde through to vivid contemporary teal and red
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Blonde, Butterscotch, Oxblood.. these and others are what we have named our Pigmented Nitro lacquers. Clear base but with solid colour pigments, these will give you a semi-opaque finish that will allow just a little bit of grain to show through.

  • Traditional nitrocellulose lacquer for instrument finishing and repair
  • Classic vintage formulation with minimal plasticisers and additives
  • Pigmented colours will only allow a small amount of wood grain to show through, giving a semi-opaque finish
  • Available in ready-to-use aerosol spray cans, or bottles for use in spray guns
  • Wide selection of colours from vintage butterscotch and blonde through to vivid contemporary teal and red

Pigmented nitrocellulose lacquers sit halfway between our tinted lacquers and cellulose paints. The pigment gives them colour and makes them semi-opaque. With just 1 or 2 light coats on wood with a well defined grain, some of the grain will still be visible. Build up further coats and these pigmented nitro lacquers will give full opacity.

Noteworthy Colours

Some of the colours have been developed for specific purposes:

  • White Blonde is a classic old 50s Fender colour, very subtly see-through white
  • Mary Kaye Telecatser colour, as originally made, is also this White Blonde
  • Vintage Butterscotch, a subtle off-white, mimics the effect of a Blonde finish having aged and discoloured over the years, so is good for creating a finish of how an original Blonde would look now
  • Toffee and Toffee Light Butterscotch are both stronger in colour than the Vintage Butterscotch and more in line with heavily aged or modern-repro Butterscotch finishes
  • For a Blackguard Telecaster all 3 of our Butterscotch finishes are valid, ultimately it is personal preference
  • Solid Black works well for the outer rim of 60s era Sunburst finishes, and Strong Cherry will do the middle stripe
  • Paisley Pink will give a good sunburst around our Paisley Decal Sheets
  • Smoky Cherry is a dark semi-opaque cherry red, which aside from being used as a standalone or sunburst colour is also great for masking neck repairs on Heritage Cherry Red guitars. This solid colour can be faded in to mask the repaired joint, and then covered with our Heritage Cherry Nitrocellulose Lacquer to bring it back to its original colour

Colour Representation

Every effort has been made to accurately represent these tinted colours, but really the swatches shown should only be used as approximate guidelines. The swatches themselves are all made in the same way:

  • 6x6" square of Swamp Ash, filled with our Neutral Thixotropic Grain Filler
  • 3 coats of our Clear Cellulose Sanding Sealer
  • 2 coats of the colour lacquer
  • Allowed to dry overnight before photographing

The final colour you achieve will vary from these swatches due to:

  • Variations in how computers and mobile devices display colours
  • The colour of the wood to which the lacquer is applied
  • How many coats are applied
  • The thickness of each coat

What is the process for using these lacquers?

Starting with bare wood, the finishing process is:

  • Sand wood to 320 grit
  • Apply grain filler if the wood is porous (e.g. Swamp Ash or Mahogany), sand to 320 grit
  • Apply Cellulose Sanding Sealer, sand to 600 grit
  • Apply your choice of Pigmented Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer, do not sand
  • Finish with Clear Nitrocellulose Lacquer top coat
  • Polish

How much is needed to spray a guitar body?

On average we would recommend either:

  • 1 Aerosol Spray Can, or
  • 1 250ml Bottle (and you'll usually have about 100ml left)

If you're also spraying the neck and headstock, as is often the case for set-neck guitars, you will likely need 2 Aerosols.

Which base coat should be used underneath?

If you are spraying onto a porous wood such as Swamp Ash or Mahogany, you will first need to use a grain filler such as dartfords Thixotropic Grain Filler.

For all of our nitrocellulose lacquers we recommend using dartfords Clear Cellulose Sanding Sealer as the base coat.

How many coats?

This pigmented lacquer is purely for look rather than building up the finish, so you only need to spray as many coats as you need to achieve the strength of colour that you want. The more coats you apply, the more opaque the colour will be.

Does it need a top coat?

Yes. These pigmented nitrocellulose lacquers are not top coats, and should not be polished directly. We recommend using dartfords Clear Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer.

Can this lacquer be polished?

We don't recommend it. This lacquer is semi-opaque, and the colour you see depends to a degree on the film thickness of the finish. As part of polishing you are sanding back and removing some of the finish - if this is done at all unevenly the result will be a patchy, variable colour finish. Without a top coat, as the lacquer wears through use this will also cause the film thickness - and therefore the colour - to change. As such, it's best to put a few coats of clear lacquer on top so that all polishing and wear only affects the clear top coat, and won't change the appearance of the guitar. Using a clear top coat will also allow you to achieve different sheen levels such as matt, satin and gloss, to your preference.

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All items are dispatched from our locations in the UK. We pack and dispatch items Monday-Friday.

Standard items are dispatched same-day if ordered before 12pm UK time. Standard items ordered after 12pm will be dispatched the following working day. Our website shows live stock levels.

Custom items are typically made and dispatched within 3-10 working days, and ship separately from our UK studio.

All of our products ship all over the UK - Scottish Islands, Highlands and Ireland included.

Royal Mail Letter, Parcel and Parcel Signed services are available from £1.50 for smaller, lighter and lower priced items. We only use First Class. Delivery time is 1-2 days from dispatch.

Economy UK Courier is delivered by Hermes or DPD, is tracked, requires a signature and is typically delivered in 2-5 days.

Next Day Courier is delivered by DPD or Parcelforce, is fully tracked, requires a signature and will provide you with a 1-hour delivery slot on the morning of your delivery.

Saturday Courier is delivered by DPD or Parcelforce, is fully tracked and requires a signature. Order before 12pm on Friday to receive this service.

For shipments to non-mainland areas only Royal Mail and Economy UK Courier services are available, but we don't charge any extra for these - for the available services we charge a flat rate all over the UK.

All of our products ship everywhere in mainland Europe.

Airmail Letter and Airmail Parcel are for smaller, lower priced items, with prices starting from £3.99. Delivery typically takes 3-10 days.

Airmail Tracked Letter and Airmail Tracked Parcel are for smaller items up to a value of £100. Prices start from £12.99, with delivery usually taking the same 3-10 days as standard un-tracked Airmail.

Economy Courier is a road service to all mainland European destinations, and is the service we use for all orders (including those which contain Dangerous Goods such as paints, lacquers and dyes, since these items cannot ship by Airmail or Express Courier). It is sent with DPD or DHL, is fully tracked and requires a signature. Delivery times vary by country, with 2-5 days being normal. Prices are £14.99 for Western, and £19.99 for Eastern. Additional handling charges apply to Non-EU countries.

Express Courier is an Air courier service for all non-Dangerous Goods items, ideal if you're in a hurry for your, materials, tools, inlays or decals. It ships with DHL or UPS, and as you'd expect is fully tracked. Delivery time to most areas is 1-2 days, with a cost of £15.99 to Western and £24.99 to Eastern Europe.

Please note: Economy courier service is not available to European Islands including Malta, Cyprus and Azores.

Decals, Inlays, Parts, Tools and Materials all ship Worldwide.

Wood Finishes are less clear-cut, as we can't send flammable liquids through the postal service or by Air. This means that unfortunately most of our paints, lacquers and dyes aren't available outside Europe, but we can ship any powdered dyes/pigments and non-flammable wood finishes or equipment.

Airmail Letter and Airmail Parcel are for smaller, lower priced items, with prices starting from £3.33. Delivery typically takes 3-10 days.

Airmail Tracked Letter and Airmail Tracked Parcel are for smaller items up to a value of £100. Prices start from £10.83, with delivery usually taking the same 3-10 days as standard un-tracked Airmail.

Express Courier is an Air courier service for all non-Dangerous Goods items, ideal if you're in a hurry for your, materials, tools, inlays or decals. It ships with DHL or UPS, and as you'd expect is fully tracked. Delivery time to most areas is 1-3 days, with prices varying by country, starting at £20.83.

Our returns policy is straightforward - we like our products and hope you do too. If there's something wrong just give us a call or send a message through our Support page and we'll do our best to fix it.

Broken, damaged, not as expected or no longer required - return in 30 days and we'll refund or exchange the item.

For custom items, if it isn't as requested let us know and we'll make you a replacement.

"Dangerous Goods", which is anything flammable (so includes most of our paints, lacquers and dyes), cannot be shipped through the postal service or by Air. As such, we can currently only send such items to UK and mainland European destinations.

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