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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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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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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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!

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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 Stains

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 01, 2012


Exellent! Great colors!. I've mixed it with alcohol, nitro, poli and worked great every time!

Liquid Stains

By Steven K from Columbia, Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Worked very well on my ES-175.

Great Dye

By Hink from Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 22, 2012


The first time I tried this product I was hooked. It relay comes to life when you use it on figured woods like quilted maple,,WOW! 5 star for sure

Vintage Amber

By ukmanufactured from england
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 13, 2012


i have a fender usa 62 reissue strat here which i used for a reference guide to match up the right colour a few drops of this Amber in a half jar of water resulted in about 99% accurate tested on some strips of maple off cuts, i'm sure with time trial and error it would be possible to reach 100%.. quality stuff this dye i would recommend it to anyone restoring vintage instruments

Wow!

By gearjunky from Arizona
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 08, 2012


I am working on a 1931/32 Gibson L1 with serious front crack problems and due to the thin material (0.10) used, inserting 'V' strips is out, and replacing the front is out due to cost and potential damage to this thin material instrument. So small backing plates at specific crack points and glue and fill was used. Many methods were tried to get the sanded cracks to blend and nothing worked until I got the Red Mahogany stain. I mixed it with only lacquer thinner and used an airbrush to apply to the specific areas and unlike other stains, the opaque properties were totally controllable from a whisper, to solid. A word to the wise, this stuff is NASTY, so wear a mask, and keep the area well ventilated.

I can't work without Colorotne Stains

By JDS Guitars & Repair from Montreal Missouri,
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 25, 2012


These are the best stains I have ever used in my repair shop, I couldn't do my job without them.

Good but a little yellow for my taste

By Aikiguy from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The vintage amber did a good job as an additive to lacquer, but was too yellow to use as a stain.

my first build

By jimness from stuart,florida
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 03, 2012


bought the bright green waterbase stain,i'm very happy with the intensity. finished the sanding sealer and getting ready for laquer

Great Stain

By rhutch from Pasadena, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 25, 2012


This stain was absolutely perfect. The quality of the color that I got was top-notch. Easy to use, I wiped on with a rag and then sanded for a burst finish with the green and black dyes. Great products every time from StewMac!

Color Tone Liquid Stains

By kincannon3 from Hammond, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Most excellent for tinting lacquers and shellac for toning your finish. It takes a bit more knowledge and experience to safely use as an alcohol stain.

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