Tips to spray paint your guitar

The spray or aerosol was devised in the 1920s and has since become a quick, economical and simple way to apply any type of paint. But to get good results in the application with spray is necessary to follow a series of recommendations.

To learn how to paint correctly you must know the product that you are going to use. Spray paint is in a tightly sealed container (can, tin) which in addition to the paint or primer or varnish contains a gas that drives it. Both elements are under high pressure inside, so do not try to drill a spray bottle even though it appears to be empty



To achieve a quality finish you need a quality product, that’s why at Nitorlack we manufacture the best special products for finishing musical instruments.

Advantages of spray painting your guitar:

  • Paint sprays are comfortable to use and versatile.
  • It is a safe and clean product.
  • We avoid arranging or having an investment in a painting equipment

Types of sprays:

  • The guitar must be perfectly sanded, clean, dry and grease free. If there is any area that we do not want to paint, cover all surfaces with paper and tape.
  • The ideal temperature for working with spray is between 20-25ºC. It is important to avoid the direct action of the sun or external agents on the paint.
  • Shake the spray well before applying its contents for at least 2 minutes. In this way, the paint pigments contained therein can be mixed homogeneously.
  • Never direct the first jet of paint that comes out of the boat on the surface that you are going to paint since it is generally not uniform and can produce splashes, points towards a piece of cardboard or paper for example.
  • Hold the spray always upright while painting. Test the spray on a surface first to check the color of the paint. The correct distance between the spray and the surface to be painted should be approximately 25 cm. Always begin to spray away from the object to be painted.
  • Start painting the areas of the guitar more complicated as the sides and more hidden areas as you will insist more on them to cover them completely and if the surroundings are already painted, the dreaded chorretón or differences in color and relief can occur.
  • Apply several thin layers in cross directions, first vertically and then horizontally.
  • Put the guitar that you are going to paint on a small base, if it is rotating better, since in this way we make sure that we paint all the zones alike correctly.
  • Remember this formula when painting with spray: several light layers + correct drying between layers = a perfect paint job. It is always preferable to make several thin layers of paint (even if they are not fully covering) than a single one, since this way we ensure a much more uniform and flawless finish. In addition, drying times between layers must be respected.
  • Make sure that the space where you are painting is well ventilated, either outside (garden or terrace), or if you have to paint indoors in a room that contains a window that you can open and above all uses the appropriate protection means like glasses and mask.
  • To clean the debris nozzle, place the spray can face down, support the spray nozzle on a firm surface (the floor for example) and press down until paint stops.

By following these simple tips you will get the finish of your new guitar perfect.

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