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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$20.69

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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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$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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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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Vintage Amber Stain

By Dave Ward from Oklahoma City, OK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 06, 2013


I built a project distressed Tele that turned out great. The unfinished maple neck I purchased just looked too "new" on the guitar. I tinted the neck with the Vintage Amber stain and it looks fantastic! This stain is great to work with and easy to clean up. Highly recomended!

Love the Green!

By ParkOLewis from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 03, 2013


Could not be simpler to use. I just mixed with some water and rubbed it directly on my maple top. This is a pic after first sealer coat.

Blue color tone stain

By Perry Colomb from Whitehall, New York
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 27, 2013


It's stain...just be careful of how much you add to your clearcoats, if that is what you are doing. It's got a kick, but it looks great!! I am using Behlen vinyl sealer and Behlen nirocellulose lacquer. This particular guitar body needs a few more clearcoats and is not finished yet, but the color is done and I love it!

Les Paul Love.

By Dakotahwithanh from Rapid City
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 25, 2013


Absolute best. I used the vintage amber on this Les Paul build. All it takes is some patience and love.

Not Just for Guitars

By Everlasting Arms from Atlanta, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 19, 2013


I am amazed. 50 year old gunstocks look like presentation grade heirlooms after I am done with them using this line of wood dye. This is a striped and flamed walnut stock with a Vintage Amber, Red and Tobacco Brown burst.

Best available

By Blackplates from Aberdeen Md.
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Great Dyes. They mix great, they spray great and they look great. I was spraying outside a few days ago, and forgot a color board I made, left it outside for 4 days. It rained like crazy one night and the rest of the time the sun has been beating down at about 100 degrees every day. I found the board today and the colors made with these dyes are completely unchanged, un-faded and didn't melt in the rain. Nothing. This also speaks very highly for the Seagrave lacquer which I will review when im done with my guitar, and I can post a picture.

Super color...

By T Jones from Chester, MT
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 27, 2013


Got a few colors to try a stain job on a flame maple top... Black first to color the low spots then a mix of cherry and mahogany for the main color... Love it...

Vintage Amber & Tobacco Brown - sunburst on flame maple

By kyledix from Philadelphia, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 27, 2013


Really loved working with this product for my first big finishing project. I used the vintage amber and tobacco brown colors diluted in water. Test on scrap to get your ratios right. Prep the wood first to avoid splotching. For the body below I put a coat of dark brown, sanded it back, then a coat of amber, then brown around the edges, working it in with a wet rag, then amber, and work that out. For the neck I just used the amber. Both are sealed with Tru-oil. The amber looked a little yellow-ish at first but after drying it has a nice hue. In high concentrations the tobacco brown can be used to basically give a deep brown/black tone. Really great stuff.

So easy to use and great results!

By TheBicycleGuy from Morris Plains, NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 04, 2013


I mixed with water and used a foam brush applicator. Started a little light and then added more stain to darken. I worked with a dropper and just a few oz. of water at a time and counted the drops of stain. I was just so happy with the results. I'll definitely use again.

colour tone

By Rob the luthier from Scotland
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 23, 2013


Great product and a little goes a long way, mixes with all finish types which is a great bonus, I like to mix it with water but that's just my personal choice... :)

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