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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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ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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The Only Thing to Use

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If you're looking for the right coloring to do the yellow interior of a sunburst or the slight amber of Fender necks, this is your product. A little goes a long way, so experiment with ratios. This product works well when diluted with rubbing alcohol. To get that Fender neck amber, use 30 drops in 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, put in a plastic bottle, shake well, and apply with a piece of clean cotton cloth.

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Guitar stain

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Great product mix with either lawyer thinner or lacquer finish . Easy to control color..
Need just few drops. The bottle goes lo g way

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Color Tone

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Very dependable... A little goes a long way! I dilute this with denatured alcohol and mix with any color you want for the perfect shade

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Awesome product!

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I needed to match to ReRanch Heritage Cheery. I used 5 parts Deft gloss lacquer, 1 part lacquer thinner, and 2 parts colorTone red. The results are very close to My stock Gibson SG. Super happy!

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Color tone stain

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Great great product, I will use again.

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Right-straight-up Blue Super Axe

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After a lengthy Super Axe build using all NOS vintage Gretsch parts, we were in a quandary over what color to lacquer...(?) After a couple of drops of Color Tone straight blue into the stringed instrument nitro-lacquer, it took abt 2 seconds to decide. We are VERY happy with the results! Definitely recommended!

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Stains work well but package is weak

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Warning: The plastic cap is flimsy and barely capable of providing proper sealing of the the bottle. It split when I put it back on. Did not realize this until the bottle tipped over and spilled all over my workbench.

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ColorTone Liquid Stain - Mahogony Great Match for my Martin DM

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I am very satisfied. The color match is great for the neck on my 20 year old Martin DM with about 3/4 teaspoons to 3 ounces of water. I was concerned that it was going to dry to fast and cause blotching, but it was a pleasure to be able to apply it evenly. I only needed a small quantity and it would have been nice if the WEB pages or the packing included a conversion table to include final quantities of 1 TO 64 ounces with liquid measures in teaspoons for the smaller quantities.

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IN THE MIX

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COLOR TONE LIQUID STAINS ARE EXTREMELY VERSATILE. I UTILIZE THEM FOR NEARLY ALL OF MY FINISHING NEEDS . FROM AGING BINDINGS, A VINTAGE AMBER ON A MAPLE NECK , POPPING THE GRAIN ON A QUILT TOP TO TINTING LACQUER FOR MY TOP COATS . THESE STAINS HAVE BECOME A HUGE PART OF MY FINISHING PROCESS.
Dan Riggs Riggs Guitar Specialties

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Amazing

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Was the perfect color ebony that I wanted. Guitar looks amazing. Very easy to use

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