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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$20.69

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Tobacco brown

Tobacco brown

Item # 5034
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$20.69

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Lemon yellow

Lemon yellow

Item # 5037
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$20.69

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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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$20.69

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Black

Black

Item # 5040
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$20.69

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Bright green

Bright green

Item # 5041
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$20.69

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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.

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ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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just perfect

By Just perfect from Geneva (CH)
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I buy tree tones: red mahogany, red cherry and black and I have done a very good tint mixing those tree colours. I have use only a small part of the bottles and it was enough for my test and for painting all the guitar. I have done at least 5 layers. The tint is deep and homogeneous. The shipping was quick and perfectly traceable. Many thanks to all your team! Matteo

The good kind of stain

By BirdRiverCustoms from Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 29, 2011


These stains worked great. I used the Vintage Amber and Lemon Yellow to create the two tone sunburst. Worked great as a stain on unfinished wood (headstock) and mixed in with the Behlen Lacquer for aerosol finish (body). I highly recommend this, it only takes a couple drops to get the desired color.

First Time Stain User

By Mark Webber from Seattle, WA.
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 25, 2011


Per suggestion from Erick Coleman I ordered both the Red Mahogany and the Med. Brown stains to make up a Root Beer color. Mixing one oz. of the Red Mahogany with one half an oz. of the Med. Brown into a quart jar of Lacquer Thinner I was able to get the exact color I was after. The whole process was easy and fun! Turned out great. I can't imagine how this product could be any better.

only the best from stewmac

By Jacob Nu+¦ez from Victorville,CA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 13, 2011


this is the best it is waterbased and has a very beautiful authentic but new color and you can mix and match to get the exact color in your mind

Eye Popping

By CA Guitarworks from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Superb stains! Great for staining straight on bare wood and even better for adding to clear coats. Very pleased with products. We used the black and blue to stain the bare maple top then used some more blue in the clear to get a nice burst.

Very good stains

By fremediti guitars from Greece
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 13, 2011


I use these stains themselves or mixed. They dissolve to the alcohol immediately and they expand to the guitar easily, either with a cloth or with spray gun (shadows). Colours become vivid without the grain of the wood to fade, on the contrary it gets brighter. The hues available cover a wide variety of colours and in addition, by mixing them they give new hues.

Awesome stain

By pbury1 from NY NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 10, 2011


Just stained a guitar using the red colortone...it came out beautiful. Very easy to work with, although really messy, wear gloves have lots of paper towels. I used the green a few years back and it was equally good. Be aware a little goes a long way, you can get really dark really fast. Highly recommended!

Black stain

By Pat Green from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 08, 2011


I used this stain when I built my granddaughter(age 15) a black vee shaped guitar. It gave a very dense black on the maple top and on the swamp ash body. I mixed it by trial and error by taking a jar of water and adding stain until it was dense enough on scrap ash. I then finished it with black grain filler (on the ash) and clear nitrocellulose lacquer.

Colors Of Glory

By In Orbit Studios from Hawthorne, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 30, 2011


I used both vintage amber and red mahogany. The colors went on amazingly, with no real need to dilute them in water (a damp cotton cloth did the trick). The stains are fairly forgiving in the process of trial and error. I was also able to blend the colors quite simply for the desired effect I had in mind. I'm refinishing a Danelectro, a rather cheap piece of wood, I can only imagine what these stains might look like on a Gibson or Fender finish. Highly recommended!

Color Tone Liquid Stains

By KP Custom from Refton, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 26, 2011


The Color Tone Liquid stains worked better and easier than I thought they would. I was able to turn a messed up project someone gave me into a real nice looking guitar. The stains will also do more jobs than I thought. Wish I had a picture to show the before and after.

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