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ColorTone Liquid Stains

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Spectacular sunbursts, vintage tints and head-turning modern colors: ColorTone concentrated stains mix with virtually any finish, and are formulated specifically for luthiers.

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ColorTone Liquid Stains
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5029 Set of all 10 colors SAVE $11.10 Yes

5032 Red mahogany Yes

5033 Medium brown Yes

5034 Tobacco brown Yes

5037 Lemon yellow Yes

5038 Cherry red Yes

5039 Blue Yes

5040 Black Yes

5041 Bright green Yes

5042 Orange Yes

5030 Vintage amber Yes

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They're accurate and authentic stringed instrument colors, as researched and specified by our own guitar finishing experts—not the generic furniture colors you'll find at other suppliers.

These concentrated grain-enhancing stains are economical; a little goes a long way. Reduce them with alcohol or water to give bare wood beautiful fade-resistant color, without hiding the grain. They're versatile, too. For applying transparent color-tinted coats, ColorTone stains can be mixed directly into virtually any finish: nitrocellulose lacquer, shellac, waterbase finishes, and catalyzed varnishes or lacquers.

Available in 2-ounce bottles, in the most popular stringed instrument colors. SAVE when you order the set of all ten!

Make wood grain come alive!
ColorTone liquid stains are lightfast metal-complex dyes that can be mixed for practically any desired intensity. Unlike off-the-shelf hardware store stains, they're formulated for guitar finishing. One 2-ounce bottle makes two quarts of stain at normal concentration. Because they're liquids, they can be measured precisely for critical color matching—a plus for refinishing and touchup work. (See our handy stain mixing cups and pipettes.)

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ColorTone Liquid Stains
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5 5-16-2013

Solid and nice colors

Vytautas  Lithuania Read my reviews (3)
5 5-02-2013
Les Paul flame top refinish

wine red les paul stolen a few years back. Got replacement - color just wasn't right but nice flame - too orange. I carefully stripped the finish on a wing and a prayer and salvaged my trim without too much damage. I wanted a wine red with a little cherry. Did not want the black counterstain like Gibson does. So I counterstained the flames with red mahogany. Then it was a matter of mixing cherry red and red mahogany until I got the red I wanted. By the way, the maple seemed to take up the darker more readily and nothing else worked like these Stew-Mac stains. I even did a "candy coat" stained clear coat sandwiched between multiple clear coats, which I'm sure is unethical. But the whole thing came out great ... to my surprise. Except the extra clear coats I put on ruined the tone...NO!! only kidding it still sings. Had to doctor my trim in few spots... This whole job was a ton of work. No more Les PAuL REFINS for me. Thanks Stew-Mac...its done...

Matt S.  Desoto, Tx Read my reviews (4)
5 4-25-2013
Great stuff

Bought the black for a project guitar and a little goes a long way with that stuff.

Brazos Pirate  TX Read my reviews (10)
5 4-24-2013
Color Tone Liquid Stain

I purchased the Color Tone Liguid Stain in the Amber and was very excited to use it but wasn't sure how to proceed. I went to my local hardware store and they were really helpful. When they saw the intensity of the color (just a drop in a cup of denatured alcohol) they couldn't believe it.
I've since applied the stain onto a vintage Telecaster body and the color is outstanding. Thanks StewMac. Another great product.

Gary Mosca  Thomasville, PA
5 4-21-2013
Best stuff ever

Works great in lacquer and shellac. Translucent colors are smooth and even. Black works great to dye voilin and bass fingerboards.

Sbjguitars  Dunn, NC Read my reviews (4)
5 3-29-2013
Very Good ! !

It works very well ! ! I love It ! I'll ask for more colours in my next order ! Thanks ! !

Emerson Santos  São Bernardo do Campo - SP - Brasil Read my reviews (2)
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5 3-21-2013

Great stuff...can't find any better. Used it on maple plywood for Airstream renovation.

onthegolfcourse  Kerrville TX
5 3-16-2013
Vintage Amber 5030

My son is the builder and I'm the finisher. He built a bass and was looking for a bit of 'retro' look. The maple neck and rosewood finger board are finished in a single coat of Behlen Tung oil (the maple is clear coated in clear Behlen Poly. The body was stained using Vintage Amber applied by hand. It's extremely easy to use. I used two coats (flood the surface) following the directions. At first it looks way too yellow. Don't worry about it,after two coats it will mellow perfectly. The nice thing about staining the wood, as compared to adding stain to the clear coat (tinting) is you get a true authentic look i.e. The natural grain and character of the wood comes out. You can see the high lites and low lites. Love it!!

migolito  S-Cal
5 3-05-2013

I used the process recommended in this Stewmac article with the cherry red stain and it worked phenomenally. The picture doesn't do her justice.

Jared Murti  San Mateo, CA
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5 2-24-2013
Best I Have Used

Excellent color consistency from batch to batch makes for low risk when replicating a specific color combination.

The Lefty Luthier  Spring Branch, Texas Read my reviews (40)
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