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ColorTone Liquid Stains Red mahogany

Red mahogany

Item # 5032
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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

Does what was expected.

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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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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.

5.0

Mix and Match Almost Anything

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Many years ago I struggled with powdered aniline stains. I had to write down how much went into each batch, how much to dilute each mix with, and what combinations/ proportions were best. I ended up with jars and jars of stain- never to be used again. Now, take color tone dyes, a small amount of solvent- any solvent, even glue, and a pipette to add drops of stain until the color and shade are right. Color Tone stains are consistent, not too concentrated and the proportions are easily duplicated in larger or smaller batches. The price is truly reasonable and the quality superior. My last project was a 1961 Gretsch Firebird with a gouged top and destroyed bridge. The red was totally matched on the third try with Color Tone red yellow and black. My patch was good, but would have been wasted if the color and clear had turned out just a bit off. These stains are the best.

4.0

Great color, easy to use

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I bought this as a toner to use with Tru Oil gunstock finish. I mixed it into the oil . It produced a wonderful color , however it did not dissolve into the oil. This is not a slight against the stain, just a heads up that it may not be compatible with Tru Oil .

5.0

Cherry Red Dye. Works Well.

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Just applied a few squirts into an empty tuna can with some water until I reached the desired color. Brightens up a little after it dries fully. Applied it with an old bit of T-shirt just like a stain.

4.0

1st Time User

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1 time user...now I'm addicted. Great color and easy to work with (easily added to water or lacquer).
I live way up north (above 60) and delivery was fast

5.0

Color tone

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Great stuff

3.0

Color tone

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It can get a little messy if your not careful.

5.0

Perfect when mixed with amber

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Just another needed color.

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