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Old 05-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Paiting: Nitro vs acrylic lacquer? Fender history?

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Im working on my Fender Jazzmaster project, painting it. Now i need lacquer, but i can not find nitro lacquer, i have searched all shops in my town. They got only alkyd and acrylic.
And i have question about acrylic, is it also good as nitro?
And what type of lacuqer fender uses or had used?
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
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They have Nitro paint, but I'm not sure if they ship paint to other countries. Acrylic Lacquer will work just fine though. I have used it on several guitars with no problems
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:28 AM   #3
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Well, im from Europe. Its really hard to find nitro paint even in our country websites.
Checked ebay, - well there is nitro lacquer, but shiping is 10-15 for 400 ml can.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Personally, i think nitro is complete crap... It shrinks forever and is not very hard at all.
Acrylic is much better (of course brand depending)
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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Hi!
Im working on my Fender Jazzmaster project, painting it. Now i need lacquer, but i can not find nitro lacquer, i have searched all shops in my town. They got only alkyd and acrylic.
And i have question about acrylic, is it also good as nitro?
And what type of lacuqer fender uses or had used?
Thanks!
p.s sorry for my English


Ebay, though I wouldn't have expected such crazy shipping prices for such a small thing.

Personally I like Nitro, for the exact reason that it isn't as good as acrylic, it ages better (if you like that kind of look).
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Personally, i think nitro is complete crap... It shrinks forever and is not very hard at all.
Acrylic is much better (of course brand depending)


Kinda know what you mean. I think most people forget that nitro was a finish that was available at a time when polymer and acrylic paints had not yet been developed. Nitro was created using commonly available ingredients. Cotton and some acids could make nitro in its basic form.

There are greater finishing choices nowdays that finish faster, harder and more durable but guitar manufacturers are afraid to move away from it because of its mystical effects on 'tone' and the superstitions of a selected fraternity of guitar players.

However nitro is easy to repair chips and scratches and buffs very easily. I like doing spot repairs or general buffing with nitro
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:57 AM   #7
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Well, got 2 spray cans of acrylic lacquer. Primer, paint and lacquer spray cans are all the same brand
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:03 AM   #8
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Well, got 2 spray cans of acrylic lacquer. Primer, paint and lacquer spray cans are all the same brand

Did you get a can of clear also?

are all of the cans the same type of paint (acrylic lacquer or what ever you have got?


If you get a pot of water pretty hot, stick the can of paint in it before you use it for a minute or two. This will make the spray can spray more even with less spitting out of the nozzle.

If you have not watched many refinishing videos, I suggest you watch Sullys Guitar Garage on Youtube.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:13 PM   #9
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Well, lacquer is clean, they are all acrylic - paint, primer, clear.
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