What you will need

Doing a nitrocellulose finish is a great way to learn, gain experience finishing and save a ton of money on a custom shop finish. It isn't "free" or "cheap" but it is the most cost effective way to achieve this finish. Professional refinishing starts around 400-500$ for a professional and goes up from there. Here you can purchase the lacquer and refinish your guitar yourself for under 200$. You can not do a finish with 2 cans of lacquer. You just can't. Buy everything you need the first time, plan right, ask questions, take your time and you will end up with the nitrocellulose finish of the custom shop quality.

Here is a short list of items you will need for your project

For an custom colour opaque finish,

1 can sealer

1 can primer

1 can colour

3-4 cans of clear coat (4-8 coats for vintage, 10-12 for a thicker finish)

Sunburst Finish

1 can sealer

1 can yellow toner

1 can red toner (3 tone sunburst)

1 can dark salem

3 cans clear coat

Natural finish

1 can sealer

4-5 cans clear coat

For sunburst please check our sunbursts page.

Other items for an easy project,

Sand paper (220,320,400,600,800,1000,1500,2000)

Tack cloth (keep unwanted dust off your guitar)

Lint free cloths

Naptha , mineral spirits (for clean up)

A respirator (always use while spraying)

Polishing compounds

Polishing cloths

Everything you need to know is written in our pages but, if you would like a video to follow step by step I highly recommend Lone Star Guitars on Youtube.


If this is your first time finishing. Buy more than you think you will need. It is better to have a small amount left than to have to buy more mid project.