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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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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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Piano Application 

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Mixing with pre-cat lacquer resulted in excellent color coverage and color depth. The Steinway D Model grand piano looks like new again.

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Perfect on Furniture

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I used the cherry red color on a dresser I was rehabing and it came out beautiful. Very simple to use and even simpler to clean up.

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I love this product:)

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I can mix in water, alcohol, shellac….nitrocellulose lacquer finish and its very easy to get colors for sunburst finish...

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Great for firearm!

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I bought this to stain my firearm and so far it looks fantastic!

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Perfect every time....

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I've always used the stain for new builds and repairs. Can count on it every time. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for..

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Doesn't work with Catalyzed Urethane paints

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Mixed with Catalyzed Urethane clear coat for a transparent red finish (Cardinal coatings instrument paint). Color matched PERFECT but dried surface was rubbery and not hard like a clear coat should be. I only mixed a small amount to do a 2"x2" headstock repair and blended with an airbrush, then plan to re-clear the whole instrument. The clear coat is 2 to 1 on the material/hardener ratio and the amount of stain added was not that much. Not sure how the product works with nitro as I have not tested with it. Product description says works with most finishes and lists a large number of finishes and does not say urethane, which does not play nice.

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Beautiful and quality product!

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I used this on my first project guitar and it just looks amazing. I can't believe how nice it turned out.

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First Time Cherry Red Colortone Liquid Stain User

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When I first opened the box and looked at the label and saw 2 fl oz's. I thought "This looks like a lot more than 2 oz's!". I experimented first with a little less than a 1/2 oz of the stain drawn with a pipette about 2 pipettes worth and reduced it with water starting with 2 pipettes all the up to 6 pipettes. I really liked the results of the stain with the 6 parts water. I let it dry and sanded it and applied another coat. My goal is to stain a Sunburst look to a guitar body. There was hardly any noticable smell to the stain. It was easy to clean up with water. I can wait to get started!

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