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 Red mahogany

Red mahogany

Item # 5032
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$20.69

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Medium brown

Medium brown

Item # 5033
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Tobacco brown

Tobacco brown

Item # 5034
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Lemon yellow

Lemon yellow

Item # 5037
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Cherry red

Cherry red

Item # 5038
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$20.69

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Blue

Blue

Item # 5039
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Black

Black

Item # 5040
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Bright green

Bright green

Item # 5041
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Orange

Orange

Item # 5042
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Vintage amber

Vintage amber

Item # 5030
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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

Item # 5029
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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.

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


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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.

Product Instructions

ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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Colortone Liquid Stain

By Keith R from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 29, 2011


I have used the Colortone waterbase stain on several guitar builds and have had great results. Easy to apply and fast clean-up!! Keith R, Grasshopper Guitars

THE stain to use on any guitar!

By Nolan Peach from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This stain is really worth the money and it has enough to do probably 2-3 guitars (neck and body). I bought the cherry red and mixed it fairly dark, applied it to a curly maple top and a hard rock maple neck (which used about 1/3 of the bottle) and I was absolutely amazed with how perfect the color was. It was exactly what I had in mind for this guitar and it was very easy to mix and apply.

not quite the color I wanted

By Mark Milne from Zurich
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 21, 2011


I used the red mahogany on my mahogany SG copy but it came out more brownish. I tried intensifying the ratio of stain to alcohol beyond what was recommended but that didn't provide me with any of the "red" I was expecting. Perhaps I should have used a weaker mix than recommended, although that doesn't seem to make sense.

Since this is my first guitar project I am not judging too harshly and am thrilled overall at how things are going, but red should have been red.

Great stains and colors

By Bravewood Guitars from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Have used these for years on just about every project I've worked on. I can get a perfect vintage tint for necks using a couple of different colors from this range and quite often use them added to white nitro for custom colors, fantastic product.

Great Choice for any project.

By Goodson Guitars from Odessa, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 10, 2011


Works great. mixes with anything. One bottle goes a long way.

Vintage T-Bird

By Billy Stephens from Fountain Valley, CA.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 08, 2011


I recently had the honor of refinishing the neck of a 1964 Thunderbird bass. Needed to re-tobacco the thing and the Colortone Stain matched perfectly!!! I also used StewMac's Seagrave Lacquer and everything went on better than I expected... great stuff!!

Nice Stains!

By JT McGuire from Los Angeles
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 08, 2011


I bought the vintage amber stain to add to Formbey's tung oil. I applied it to a sanded maple Strat neck. I put on coats of stained tung oil until I got the depth of color I was looking for. Worked great. To be picky, it's a bit on the yellow side of amber. Maybe a drop of orange or brown would help... next time.

Good product !

By Good product from Valencia, Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Very good dye ... easy to use and excellent results.

love it

By Bryce Didericksen from kansas city, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 08, 2011


i love this stuff. it does exactly what i wanted it to. it's super easy to mix and use.

great stain

By BAClark from Hamilton, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 26, 2011


You can use this with water or alcohol great product

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