Most Vintage-Correct Nitro lacquer available in the UK?

JMT Guitars

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Hey Folks,

Quickie, what do you folks reckon is the best bet for a vintage-style nitro that will age and check and all the good stuff that is available in the UK? Please no rattle cans, I want to mix my own colours and UV darken it etc.

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I've heard Fiddes bone hard lacquer is the best for what you seek but haven't got round to trying it yet. The price for a 5L can seems reasonable.

Link: https://fiddes.co.uk/shop/spray-fin...uers-sealers/nitrocellulose-lacquers-sealers/

The cans sold by Manchester Guitar Tech are great for colour coats but definitely don't have those properties. I last sprayed a guitar with those about 15 years ago and no sign of checking despite fairly rough treatment.
 

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good to know, bookmarked.
 

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I've heard Fiddes bone hard lacquer is the best for what you seek but haven't got round to trying it yet. The price for a 5L can seems reasonable.

Link: https://fiddes.co.uk/shop/spray-fin...uers-sealers/nitrocellulose-lacquers-sealers/

The cans sold by Manchester Guitar Tech are great for colour coats but definitely don't have those properties. I last sprayed a guitar with those about 15 years ago and no sign of checking despite fairly rough treatment.
good to know, bookmarked, i have finished an alder strat body using man guit tech rattle cans, man, how many coats did I have to spray? I think i used two cans for sealer, two cans for the white, and two cans for the nitro gloss. £90 in total. prolly 2 litres of product, damn, feel like i messed something up there.
 

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I guess you're paying for the service and convenience with them, for a one off job I think cans are probably better than hiring or buying a compressor, air filters etc. I won't be using them much now I have a decent spray set up but they have a place.

My plan now is to use the Fiddes lacquer with aniline dye and Mixol tints for solid colours, which also seem fairly easy to source in the UK. I have sourced some aniline dye from Rothko and Frost although again haven't used them yet, I've heard the LMI ones are a lot stronger (read that as more effective) but will test both when I get around to spraying a finished guitar.
 

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