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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Product Instructions

ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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Good color match, but.....

By stephan from Pittsburgh
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 03, 2011


I have found that this stain doesn't mix well with lacquer causing blotching and uneven drying. As a rub on stain it is ideal, but make sure you allow ample drying time or the lacquer top coat will pull it out of the wood causing inconsistency in color. Perhaps better instructions on bottle would make this a more user friendly product.

This stuff is awesome!

By Shane from Paul, ID. USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 02, 2011


I have 5 of the colortone stains and they always work great. They work especially well to help duplicate vintage colors.

Outstanding!

By Mike McCallum from Windsor Ontario,Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 06, 2011


Great colors, transparent,brings out the beauty in the wood and is easy to work with.

Just what I needed

By Fat Al Johnson from Ann Arbor, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 05, 2011


I'm using the ColorTone Vintage Amber to finish Fender style necks. I mix a few drops of dye with a cup or so of denatured alcohol and apply it with a foam brush. Lightly sand with 600 grit sandpaper after the first coat then apply a second a second coat to even it out. After the second coat is dry I clear coat it with gloss nitro and it looks like an old Fender neck. Just what I needed!

Excellent Stains

By Ibaneedz from Brisbane, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 16, 2011


This was only my second guitar build and the first time using liquid stains under a clear coat. I learnt a bunch from this build and the stains were very easy to use with excellent coverage diluted in methylated spirits. This body received lemon stain under orange on the front and black for the back.

Orange is sweet

By the wizard of az from Tucson, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 26, 2010


I used this on a guitar that had a top made of pyjinma wood, an asian wood. It's naturally a brown color, so staining could be problematic. Plus, the wood is very hard and dense. I wiped the stain on and it covered very well. One bad thing doing this - the lacquer reacts with the stain and caused large areas of finish crazing, which had to be sanded off and restained and repainted.

Great stains, okay bottles

By MicCheckOne from Long Beach, California, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I've achieved brilliant results with these stains, but I do not like the bottles. My advice is to poke a hole in the tip with a sewing needle, to allow for more controlled drips. If you snip the tip with scissors, the opening is much too wide and the stain gushes out too freely; you can end up making an awful (and very permanent) mess, waste a lot of precious stain, and screw up delicate color mixes. Love the stains, but I wish the bottles had finer tips.

Amber Yellow - Tobacco Brown

By Bryan D. Cozort from Olmsted Falls, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 19, 2010


Went on a bit orange for me diluted at normal concentration. Maybe it had something to due with my guitar top or the old finish. I tried it on some scrap spruce before hand and it looked nice. Just wear rubber gloves as it stains hands too! Tobacco brown is awesome and shows wood figure well. My pic is of my guitar's back in tobacco.

Don't have a shop without them!

By GuitarRepairShack from Calgary, Alberta
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 07, 2010


So useful on so many levels. I mix up a small batch of every color for lacquer touch up.

Work Great

By Hammock's Customs from ID
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 07, 2010


Used Stewmacs water based laquer and ColorTone Liquid Stains. Was easy to layer up. And clean up was a since. I was very impressed with the results.



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