ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

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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, Set of all 10 colors

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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


Product Instructions

ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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liquid gold

By Rickylixx from ft worth tx.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 20, 2011


this stains is great . i did three heavy coats and then sanded back with 400 to get that 3d effect wish you could see it in person thanks stewmac

Nice little bottles 

By Billy C from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 17, 2011


It is so nice that these bottles are so small.They make them very easy to squeeze the product out and along with the mixing cups from Stewart mac you get the most uniform mix.A little goes a long way.I will be staining my explorer and am hopeful the woodgrain shows through and gives my beautiful new unpainted instrument a nice warm look.

nice stain... good tone too!

By cblack from nagasaki, japan
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 10, 2011


this was my first time staining anything so there were some problems... on my behalf. i'm happy with how it turned out though. you can get nice tonal variation from this if you take your time and play with it. (it's darker in person)

Excellent product!

By VAZQUEZGUITARRAS from ARGENTINA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 07, 2011


Hi, I¦m from Vßzquez Guitarras in Argentina. I would like to recommend the -Color Tone Liquid Stains- that make an excellent and professional finishing. This is the Vßzquez 335 that was painted with this stains. Thank you very much.
Vßzquez Guitarras.

Good color

By Clell from Dallas, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 07, 2011


I have applied this with both alcohol and water. No complaint with either results.

Get em!

By Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor / J Gu from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011


OMG, have struggled in the past but these are industry standard colours, that give satisfying results, thanks!

Expensive, but good stuff.

By DuctTapeNinja from Chicago
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 03, 2011


I bought the Cherry red, Lemon yellow, and Blue stains, and they look great when properly applied to some nice quilted/flame maple under a nice deep coat of clear. Expensive, though.

ColorTone Liquid Stains

By Chico from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Simply an amazing product. Very versatile and easy to use. Fantastic color assortment.

Service at Stewart MacDonald is top notch.

panthers breath  red

By sherman stockton from indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I was very pleased with the results i got from this product. Mixed it a little lighter than suggested and kept applying until i got the color i wanted [bout 7 coats]. Oh ya and since i didn't have any denatured alcohol on hand i used moonshine, worked great and lends to a better story!I'll definitely use it again!

Good color match, but.....

By stephan from Pittsburgh
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 03, 2011


I have found that this stain doesn't mix well with lacquer causing blotching and uneven drying. As a rub on stain it is ideal, but make sure you allow ample drying time or the lacquer top coat will pull it out of the wood causing inconsistency in color. Perhaps better instructions on bottle would make this a more user friendly product.

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