Guitar lacquer is a specialized type of paint that is used to protect guitar finishes from wear and tear. It can also change the color of a guitar’s finish. There are three main types of guitar lacquer: nitrocellulose, polyurethane, and acrylic.
Nitrocellulose guitar lacquer is the most popular type of guitar lacquer. It is also the thinnest and easiest to apply.
Polyurethane guitar lacquer is the most durable type of guitar lacquer. It is also the thickest and most difficult to apply. It dries slowly, and it can be difficult to achieve a high shine. However, polyurethane guitar lacquer is the most resistant to cracks and chips.
Acrylic guitar lacquer is between nitrocellulose and polyurethane in terms of durability. It is also somewhere in between nitrocellulose and polyurethane in terms of ease of application. It dries quickly and can be buffed to a high shine.
So, there you have it! Everything you need to know about guitar lacquer. Nitrocellulose lacquer is the traditional type of guitar lacquer and is easy to apply but not as durable as polyurethane or acrylic lacquer.