Each Collings instrument is finished in nitrocellulose lacquer. We also offer an alkyd resin varnish finish as an option on our acoustic guitars and mandolins. With each finish we are aiming for a perfect balance of protection and musicality. Each porous wood first receives a “grain fill” that levels the wood surface and allows for the later perfectly flat, mirror like finish appearance. Grain filler is also what allows us to create our popular “Doghair” finish, a contrast of white grain fill against a black stain. We offer a wide variety of finishes across our instrument lines, several sunbursts and transparent colors like Merlot, Walnut, Faded Cherry, TV Yellow, and Vintage White to name a few. We also offer metallic finishes on out electric guitars. After each finish has been sprayed it hardens and cures before moving on to the wet sanding stage.