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Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer

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Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer
Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer
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At last! Stringed Instrument Lacquer in an easy-to-use aerosol can. An exact copy of Behlen's brush-on Stringed Instrument Lacquer, this lacquer is formulated specifically as a high quality finish for thin, flexible tone-woods such as those used on stringed instruments. It is flexible by nature, so it can withstand the expansion and contraction that is characteristic of stringed instruments. Vinyl Sealer (#48345, sold separately) is also flexible, and is the only sealer that should be used under Stringed Instrument Lacquer. This combination yields great sound and empowers luthiers to finish their handiwork with confidence. Also available from Rockler, the Behlen Sunburst Guitar Finish Kit. Formulated specifically for stringed instruments

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(1) 13 oz. can of Behlen Aerosol Stringed Instrument Lacquer
More Information
Brand Behlen
Manufacturer Part Number B104-1406
Weight 1.0500
Tech Spec
  • Dry time before handling and recoating: 1-2 hours (at 72°F and 35% relative humidity).
  • Dry time before rubbing out: 1-4 weeks (at 72°F and 35% relative humidity).
  • Coverage: 7 to 10 square feet per can
  • Package life: 3 years
  • Use approximately 4 cans for 1 acoustic guitar (9-12 coats recommended).
Technical Documents
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Great product. Highly recommended.
July 11, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Worth the money
Behrens Starcast Amber is easy to work with and produces great results.
Works well on bare wood, sealed wood, and even metal.
Works well on bare wood, sealed wood, and even metal.
September 23, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Best spray can product out there
I've trusted Behlen's clear gloss lacquer and other Behlen products for several years now. The consistency that you get from can to can can't be matched. I've not run into any problems with blotchy spray or runs. If you're paint jobs are going to use rattle cans, I recommend Behlen.
August 9, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I Really liked it. It went on very smooth and it was very easy to apply. I put it on a electric guitar kit.
May 30, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great for a Natural Wood Guitar finish
I bought an un-finished bass guitar body made of solid Mahogany with a Spalted & Flamed top.

After much sanding, I applied one coat of Behlen Vinyl Sealer for Stringed Instruments. Then, the next day another coat.

Next, after some light sanding / steel wool, I started applying the Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer. I found that you want lots of coats of a light spray as a heavier spray will clump into droplets of the excess Lacquer. After 6 coats of Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer, a little steel wool polishing - its done.

The wood is quite spectacular as Vinyl Sealer really brought out the grains. After Lacquer, its a very smooth, natural matte finish that feels like the fine wood it is. Its just what I was hoping for.

I am thrilled at being able to do this myself. Local shops wanted $400-500 for what I did on this job for about $50 in supplies from Behlen. Note that a Behlen Rep recommended these products. A job well done.
The raw wood bass guitar body with a Spalted & Flamed top.
After 2 coats of Vinyl Sealer for Stringed Instruments, then 6 coats of Stringed Instrument Lacquer.
The raw wood bass guitar body of solid Mahogany.
After 2 coats of Vinyl Sealer for Stringed Instruments, then 6 coats of Stringed Instrument Lacquer.
April 13, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Great product
This was the perfect solution for me as an amateur guitar maker. I would not know how to use a booth nor do really need one based on lack of frequent need. This product allowed me to apply nitrocellulose lacquer with excellent results. It was also surprisingly forgiving when dealing with mistakes, such as over application and minor repairs. I love it.
This is my first guitar (from a kit).   Not perfect but very nice finish due to Behlen SI lacquer.
This is my first guitar (from a kit). Not perfect but very nice finish due to Behlen SI lacquer.
December 17, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
recomend
Used this when building a guitar actually 3. works great
March 19, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
I was looking for a gloss spray varnish, and Wade at my local Rockler recommended this and showed me a guitar that was finished with this, that was the look I wanted. Never using lacquer before I was impressed with the look I got on the andiroba (mahogany look-alike) jewelry box I made for my wife.
October 13, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
The best topcoat for guitars
I have run the gamut on spray lacquers, but the combo of Behlen's Vinyl Sealer, toners, and this Stringed Instrument Lacquer gives the best final finish of any products I have tried. Just stroke it on like the spray can is a paint brush, like you would with a spray gun. I wet sand the finish, starting with 800 or 1000 grit paper (depending on how smooth I got it) then 2000, 3000 grit. Finish with Buffer's Polish and you'll have the same hard (yet flexible) mirror finish as a Gibson guitar.
September 12, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
great finish
Works great nice finish lays out without overlap marks polished out nice. Would love to have it in gallon option for spray gun
May 2, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
This is the only lacquer to use if you want to do the instrument right, don't think you can go to the local hardware store to buy lacquer it is not the same!
Ray K on Nov 11, 2018
Fast drying and superior finish.
John P on May 22, 2017
This is the only lacquer to use if you want to do the instrument right, don't think you can go to the local hardware store to buy lacquer it is not the same!
Ray K on Nov 11, 2018
Will see if it is better than the other guys........
Chris S on Dec 11, 2017
Fast drying and superior finish.
John P on May 22, 2017
building guitar needed it.
Jeff H on Feb 26, 2017
recommended
John P on Feb 2, 2017
BEST PRICE WITH SHIPPING
JACK M on Jul 8, 2016
Advice from Dan (sales associate)
JEFF A on May 27, 2016
great brand and price.
Don O on May 18, 2016
guitar project
Vern Z on May 11, 2016
To finish a guitar that I am building.
James F on Dec 23, 2015
A gift for a guitar maker.
Dave E on Dec 14, 2015
Guitar finishing
MICHAEL& G on Oct 3, 2015
Trust...Your Judgement
Edward M on Jun 10, 2015
HEARD IT WAS THE BEST TO USE
TERRY M on Apr 15, 2015
consistent clear hard finish
George J on Apr 15, 2015
Great selection of professional products with informative discriptios. This made it easy for me to find and choose, at the right price, just what I needed to put a high gloss finish on my Rocklin Bass guitar line.
Robert N on Apr 15, 2015
Will see if it is better than the other guys........
Chris S on Dec 11, 2017
building guitar needed it.
Jeff H on Feb 26, 2017
Is this compatible with an acrylic lacquer color coat?
Rob S on Jun 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No
It will bubble up.
I've already used a can of reranch clear coat but need another can and dont want to pay the 14 dollars shipping for one can. Would this be compatible with another brand lacquer? Just asking because the description says it is formulated for use with their vinyl sealer.
james w on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Since you already have a top coating of nitrocellulose lacquer, I don't see any compatibility issues. I have used this product in conjunction with Stewmac Lacquers and have had no issues.
Is this nitrocellulose?
rmcdow on Dec 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is nitrocellulose
I have a flat lacquer finish on my guitar. What sheen is this product?
Gary C on Jun 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a gloss finish. I've used it on several of the guitars that I've made, with excellent results. For raw wood, I would recommend using their vynal sealer for the initial coats.
Can I get this in qts?
Rob W on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Behlen's is Mohawk. You can get it all the way up to 5 gallons containers on the Mohawk site.
Is this a clear coat, or a colorless base coating spray? I've got a guitar sanded down to 320 grit and currently sprayed with Behlen's Vinyl sealer. I have dyes I want to mix in for the color coat, but I'm confused about this product. I don't know if this is only a clear coat, or a dyable base coat product. If this is a base coat product, is it sold in quarts so that I can add dyes to it? What product would I use for a clear coat?
MrMillerLite on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is an aerosol clear coat. It can be used as a base coat or a final coat. You cannot add dye to it . You can get clear lacquer in a quart can and add dye . Ken
I have a white fender stratocaster. I sanded it just to take the finish off but not the paint. I have painted a custom design on it and now I want to finish it. Can I just use the Behlan Clear Lacquer finish or do I need the vinyl sealer as well?
Joeldo1 on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I didn't have good luck. The laquer needs what seems like forever to dry, and then crackled all over. I redid it and it happened again. Probably I applied it incorrectly.
does this come in matte black?
Barry L on Jan 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I never did see it in the store. I would try the Behlen web site. Or stew mac
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