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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$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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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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Cherry stain

By Billy C from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 22, 2011


This is a Gibson Explorer with a set neck I stained with color tone cherry stain

Color Tone

By Naha Guitars from Cumming, Ga
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 21, 2011


These stains are great. They fill in even and are easy to work with.

liquid gold

By Rickylixx from ft worth tx.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 20, 2011


this stains is great . i did three heavy coats and then sanded back with 400 to get that 3d effect wish you could see it in person thanks stewmac

Nice little bottles 

By Billy C from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 17, 2011


It is so nice that these bottles are so small.They make them very easy to squeeze the product out and along with the mixing cups from Stewart mac you get the most uniform mix.A little goes a long way.I will be staining my explorer and am hopeful the woodgrain shows through and gives my beautiful new unpainted instrument a nice warm look.

nice stain... good tone too!

By cblack from nagasaki, japan
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 10, 2011


this was my first time staining anything so there were some problems... on my behalf. i'm happy with how it turned out though. you can get nice tonal variation from this if you take your time and play with it. (it's darker in person)

Excellent product!

By VAZQUEZGUITARRAS from ARGENTINA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 07, 2011


Hi, I¦m from Vßzquez Guitarras in Argentina. I would like to recommend the -Color Tone Liquid Stains- that make an excellent and professional finishing. This is the Vßzquez 335 that was painted with this stains. Thank you very much.
Vßzquez Guitarras.

Good color

By Clell from Dallas, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 07, 2011


I have applied this with both alcohol and water. No complaint with either results.

Get em!

By Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor / J Gu from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011


OMG, have struggled in the past but these are industry standard colours, that give satisfying results, thanks!

Expensive, but good stuff.

By DuctTapeNinja from Chicago
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 03, 2011


I bought the Cherry red, Lemon yellow, and Blue stains, and they look great when properly applied to some nice quilted/flame maple under a nice deep coat of clear. Expensive, though.

ColorTone Liquid Stains

By Chico from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Simply an amazing product. Very versatile and easy to use. Fantastic color assortment.

Service at Stewart MacDonald is top notch.

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