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“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Cardinal Spray Lacquer

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Cardinal is a family owned company based in Los Angeles, CA since 1952. For 60 years Cardinal has manufactured coatings of various chemistries, including nitrocellulose lacquers. Over the last few years they have worked closely with a select group of luthiers, studying the art of guitar finishing.

Cardinal Luthierlac Spray Lacquer (FLC128/FLC32) is a solvent borne gloss nitrocellulose lacquer designed specifically for musical instruments. It exhibits a high degree of toughness, ease of application, fast drying, resistance to cold checking, and buffing properties that result in a beautiful, clear glossy finish. Unlike other musical instrument lacquers, Cardinal’s Luthierlac sinks back quickly and can be buffed after only 7 days. The lacquer is pre-reduced 10%, so it is ready to spray. It can be further reduced to your liking from 10-20% with the Cardinal lacquer thinner.

Archtop builder Tom Ribbecke is a happy convert to Cardinal lacquer, saying that compared to the ’old standby’ it ”creates a thinner final coat, burns in better and buffs well”. He only uses 5-10% thinner in his application.

Cardinal Lacquer Thinner (FTC32) is a solvent blend designed to aid in the application and flow-out of Cardinal’s lacquers. This product helps prevent bubbling, orange peel, and can help prevent blushing. We recommend you use this thinner when using Cardinal Luthierlac.

Cardinal Luthierlac Sealer (FSC32) is a solvent borne gloss vinyl nitrocellulose lacquer sealer designed to improve adhesion on wooden substrates. It was designed to adhere to a variety of wood types, especially oily woods. Luthierlac Sealer exhibits excellent adhesion, fast dry time, lifting resistance, clarity, and ease of application.

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See How to apply Cardinal lacquer finish.

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SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
FLC128 Spray lacquer, Cardinal Luthierlac, 1 gallon/128 oz.
Yes $69.95
FLC32 Spray lacquer, Cardinal Luthierlac, 1 quart/32 oz.
Yes $20.65
FSC32 Vinyl sealer, Cardinal Luthierlac Sealer, 1 quart/32 oz.
Yes $19.95
FTC32 Lacquer thinner, Cardinal, 1 quart, 32 oz.
Yes $12.95