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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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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exactly as described

By SLeketa from Boston MA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 20, 2012


Very easy to use instrument Stain! A little definitely goes a long way, and I love all of the custom colors you can make with these. Zero complaints about any Stewmac purchases... On a side note, it's easy to get off your hands and clean up in general. (A big plus for a lot of us out there.)

very good

By Jordan Anderson from Streator, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012


diluted with a little water and brushed it on. it does what it says it will do.

Perfect

By tmaz from Detroit, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I love this stuff! Just need a tiny bit to do a whole body. Apply it directly to the wood or add it to a clear coat.

ColorTone Liquid Stains

By fenderlele from venezia, IT
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 08, 2012


product of the highest quality

great

By ianianianianian from london
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 27, 2012


got the tobacco version. love it. works very well with alcohol or water. highly recommended

Cool stuff.

By G.Garcia from Brawley, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 19, 2012


I used the vintage amber both as a wood stain and mixed with a filler. A little goes a long way, try a drop at time until you get the intensity you're looking for.

Upgrading worn paint jobs on guitar bodies.

By Terry T from Moruya, NSW Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 02, 2012


Used the color tone liquid stain on two instruments I was upgrading. Acheived a wonderful result which was greatly enhanced when a few coats of nitrocelulose clear were applied and later, when these guitars were buffed. More than happy with the product.

Awesome Stains!

By Cassidy Guitars from Holliston, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 31, 2012


These stains make it easy to make a great looking guitar! Thanks Stewmac!

Great Product

By Zippy from Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 22, 2012


Followed directions for a firstimer and the staining process worked great. The color was darker than I expected, but very satisfied with product. Finished with the nitocellular spray can. Great fro first time project.

Color burst

By Dave53 from Grand Rapids, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 10, 2012


This started as an unfinished guitar. It has a 3/4" solid maple top. I tried to stain it first but the grain was closed due to fine sanding. Also it is arch topped and the grain varied in porosity. It was a mess. I sanded it and got most of the stain off and decided to go with StewMac water based lacquer and ColorTone stain and hope for the best. It's black fading to cherry fading to amber. Very authentic colors! I sprayed it with a $14.00 mini-sparyer. Around 20 coats with the clear. I used StewMac fine grit sand paper and 3 polishing compounds and hand rubbed to this finish. The product worked fantastic as this is my first guitar "build". It also has the full Jimmy Page dpdt switch package with 11 voicings.

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