About Us


Great Lakes Custom Colour is a family owned and operated company. We are here to supply people with the best Nitrocellulose lacquers, guitar parts and finishing products money can buy. Shipped right to your door. We have been a private company for years (buying, selling, building, repairing and finishing guitars) but after years of being asked to make our colours available we decided to make our lacquer and colours available to the public in the spring of 2020. Making us Canada's first ever custom colour nitrocellulose lacquer company. Our products are professional grade nitrocellulose lacquers. They are the best you'll find in North America. 

We do all of the work ourselves from filling orders to finishing instruments. When you email or call you'll be speaking directly with us. We want our customers to have the best. That's why when you buy from us you will receive the exact lacquer we use in our shop. Filled specifically for you by us. Customer service is very important to us. If you have a problem, question, concern, colour suggestion etc. Please reach out to us. We will always stand behind our product and look after our loyal customers.

Our colours have been meticulously matched to the exact colours Fender and Gibson used in the 50s and 60s. This takes time and attention to detail to get correct. Some makers try to match colours to vintage instruments, modern instruments or just get close. Although this method works, it does leave room for error. A guitar that has aged 50-70 years is not the same as it was the day it left the factory. Nitrocellulose ages gracefully on its own even kept in a case its whole life (they say it yellows like a ducks foot). There are things that can increase yellowing and ageing like sunlight and smokey bars but nitrocellulose will yellow even kept in a case it's whole life. So a colour that is matched to the neck pocket of a 62 strat isn't "exactly" the same colour as the day it went on.

That is why we match our colours correctly to the dupont/duco car colours they did so many years ago. Anything without a dupont history has been matched to vintage instruments like 50s Telecasters, Stratocasters, Bursts, or 60s SGs and by using actual notes from the manufacturers themselves. We've also used custom shop guitars for references.

We also help with custom colours for vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles that require nitrocellulose lacquer finishes.

Bottom line for us. We are here to help you achieve a custom shop finish at a price you can afford. We can do it for you or help you finish it yourself.

If you're interested in a cheap off-shore made kit to spray with krylon, tremclad or any other imitation nitro colours you find on the internet this isn't the place. If you're here for a quality parts and custom colour nitrocellulose finishes. You're in the right place.

If you ever have any questions please feel free to email the shop. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your support.

Great Lakes Custom Colour

Est 1989