Solid Cellulose Guitar Paint

Nitrocellulose based paint in a variety of vintage and contemporary metallic colours for the finishing and restoration of electric and bass guitars. A single-part air-drying paint, the colours have an exceptionally high opacity and a natural gloss. They are a top coat so can be polished directly, or optionally be top-coated with Clear Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer for either a vintage effect, or to achieve Satin or Matt finishes.


  • 250ml bottle (selected colours)

  • 1 litre bottle

  • 400ml Aerosol Spray Can


Aerosols provide approximately 1.2sq m of coverage each. One is usually sufficient for most guitar bodies. We recommend 2 for basses.

When used in spray guns the paint provides approximately 8sq m of coverage per litre.


For use in spray guns and HVLP kits the paint should be thinned 5-30% with our Standard Cellulose Thinners. For example, to make 1 litre of sprayable paint you would mix:

Minimum 50ml thinners to 950ml of paint

Maximum 300ml thinners to 700ml of paint

The precise ratio will depend on your particular spraying equipment and circumstances. Coverage will vary depending on how much you thin the paint. We recommend using as little thinner as possible, as the more the paint is thinned the more chance there is of drips forming.

Usage Overview

  1. Preparation
    1. (Optional) Grain Fill Wood
    2. Sand to 320 Grit
  2. Priming
    1. Apply Cellulose Sanding Sealer Primer (3-4 coats)
    2. Sand to 600 Grit
  3. Solid Cellulose Guitar Paint (2-4 coats)
  4. (Optional) Top coat of Clear Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer (3-4 coats)
  5. Polish

Download our Solid Cellulose Paint Finishing Guide for complete instructions.