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ColorTone Liquid Stains Red mahogany

Red mahogany

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Medium brown

Medium brown

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Tobacco brown

Tobacco brown

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Lemon yellow

Lemon yellow

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Cherry red

Cherry red

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Blue

Blue

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Black

Black

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Bright green

Bright green

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Orange

Orange

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Vintage amber

Vintage amber

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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

Set of all 10 colors

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ColorTone Liquid Stains

About This Item

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

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.)

Questions about finishing? Look here first:
Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Coloring new binding to match the old stuff

We've watched Dan Erlewine repair this 1930s Kay over the previous 3 Trade Secrets. It's time to finish it up. Elliot John-Conry of EJC Guitars ages Dan's patch of new plastic binding so it blends in with the old binding around it. About the guitar in this video: This 1930s Kay Deluxe is a fixer-upper that Dan Erlewine repaired in order to sell. Now that it's in great shape again, maybe Dan'll keep it!

How to match color on vintage binding repairs

Working on an aged Les Paul, Erick Coleman has to sand part of the yellowed binding. The sanded spots are a glaring white mismatch. Erick makes turns the repair invisible with a little ColorTone spray and stain.

Instructions

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ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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5.0

Color tone liquid stain

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Verified Buyer


Went on very nice 4 coats tru oil 4 coats looks good to me

5.0

perfect for that vintage amber look

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Verified Buyer


great for that yellowed vintage look, used it on a tele neck, exactly what I was looking for, it goes a long way, that little bottle will do many, many guitars or whatever instrument you choose.

5.0

Great quality product - wish it came in half sizes.

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Great quality. Works well. Nice vibrant colors. Only issue I have is that a little goes a VERY long way. For someone who runs a shop, it makes sense to buy in this size but for the casual hobbyist, it would be nice if it was sold in smaller quantities, like half or quarter the size.

5.0

Great Stuff

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Verified Buyer


Works very well. Use protective gloves.

5.0

Nice stain.

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Verified Buyer


What I liked best is that it's water or alcohol soluble and thus easy to mix. Plus, it's easy to find and adjust a tonality that you like by mixing thin and doing more coats until you get the desired strength of color. Good stuff. Beyond this, StewMac in general has some of the best customer service out there, bar none. They've been totally helpful many times. Good people. Thanks.

5.0

None better

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This is the most convenient dye you can find for wood. I prefer to mix mine with denatured alcohol. 50 drops of dye to 1 oz. of alcohol for starters and then adjust up or down from there.

5.0

Great for burst or solid color

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Verified Buyer


Great tint for nitro!

5.0

Does what was expected.

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Verified Buyer


It's dye! It "dyes" things. Water based but did not raise the grain very much for me. A smudge on the pink side but probably my fault for not mixing it right.

4.0

Tobacco Burst Here I Come!

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Verified Buyer


Picked up Amber, Brown, Dk Brown to do a burst on a custom Mando build I will be doing for a feature on Hijinx guitars. Great reviews and techniques out there I'm anxious to give it a go. I have several other builds that these stains will be great for.

4.0

Black liquid stain

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Works great. Really a dark, dark purple. Dissolves nicely in shellac. Make sure you wear plastic gloves when opening the bottle. It will stain your hands for days. Don't ask me how I know.

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