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ColorTone Liquid Stains Red mahogany

Red mahogany

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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

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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


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.

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Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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Do NOT hesitate to buy these. If you have been looking around, and trust me, these are the stains you have been looking for. My first attempt was a tobacco sunburst CB Gitty bass. Excellent results! Who know that I could do a sunburst on my first try? As an afterthought, I checked to see how much product I had used. Minimal! Glad I bought the whole set! Hundreds of guitars await me.

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The StewMac stains are outstanding. They are highly concentrated so a few drops go a long way. Deep beautiful hues and mix effortlessly with nitro lacquer which is my main finish of choice. One note of caution - use gloves! - this stuff is so concentrated you will be walking around with smurf hands for days and take heed with your clothing! The amber is perfect for that vintage fender neck tinting and as far as cherry or tobacco sunbursts this is the stain your lookin for. Thanx StewMac for your expediting. I have never had to wait more than 3 days for my orders and always right on the money. sincerely Rudy from south Jersey.

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I couldn't be happier with this product. It was exactly as described. This was my first attempt at re-finishing a guitar and it turned out great!

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Very intense and well penetrating stain

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This was my first time ever refinishing one of my guitars at home. First went through Internet sites to find out how to do it all the right and professional way. Found that with any and all of the Stewart MacDonald instruction sites. Great guidance by the way. After I got all of the old black paint and finish stripped and sanded off of my Telecaster body, I went ahead and purchased the dye stain colors of my choosing. I purchased Lemon Yellow and Vintage Amber with the intent of mixing them together to get a nice medium yellow ochre tone. I didn't know if it would work at first, but after mixing the two together, testing the mixture on scrap wood, and wiping on the guitar body, the dye/ stain mixture penetrated the wood just dime and the two colors mixed well together for my liking. Be warned, though as I found out, do not put too much on at one time or the color can become too dark and intense, and don't sand too frequently between coats, or the stain maybe removed easily. I even like how it accidentally unevenly covered with more amber tones in some places and yellow tones in others.Great stuff!

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Colors that can match old vintage or mix your own for new projects

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These are the easiest to use and best for getting that color match for an old vintage guitar. The only colors I will use in my lacquer finishes.

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Wonderful!!

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Nice stuff, easy mixing...

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Liquid stain

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Excellent product, works good with water and alcohol. I used yellow, red, dark brown and black to do a rubber hand burst.

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Superb.

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Absolutely amazing!

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Great product, worked perfectly on my very first guitar build. Tons of compliments, plan on doing many more. Very easy to mix into the exact color I wanted, a little bit goes a long way

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Great, True Color

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I built my first guitar recently with a good hunk of flame maple. I had read tips on how to make the flame really pop, so I stained my guitar with an oil based minwax ebony, then sanded roughly half of the stain off once it dried. I had bought a water based stain from a big-box store and it did terrible with the half sanded oil stain. So I decided to try the red ColorTone stain. I figured out the stain to water ratio; which is 0.25oz for every one cup of water. I measured the dye in an old medicine cup you would find on a bottle of cold medicine. I put some of the mixture on a test piece of maple and decided I wanted my mix a bit darker, so I added a couple more drops of stain. I ended up doing 4 coats of stain total; working it in each time until the wood wouldn't take any more and making sure it was nice and even. You don't have to drench the wood or anything, but don't do one quick pass and call it a day. After each session of stain dried, I would knock down the grain with increasingly higher grits of sandpaper from 800 to 2000. I maybe used about 1/2 of the one cup of stain I mixed total and stored the rest in a sealed glass jar. I'm extremely happy with the final result. The Colortone blended perfectly with the oil stain I had laid down first and the flame on my guitar has that 3D effect you hear about.

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