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

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Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

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great stuff

By Markku Nyyt+ñj+ñ from Helsinki, Finland
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 05, 2013

For a long time I had trouble finding transparent pigments to tint lacquer with. Everything I tried was too opaque and covered the wood figure I was trying to enhance. These stains are just what I need. They mix with just about any solvent, including water, are simple to use. They are great for candy and flake finishes as well, letting the sparkle shine through - as in this leftie bass I built for my son.

ColorTone Liquid Stains

By benderb9 from St Petersburg,FL
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 29, 2012

Had to replace a bottle of vintage amber, it goes a long way with dilution but all good things come to an end. I had used the first bottle on over 20 instruments so its a winner, people seem to like its effect on woodgrain. I had also ordered the 5042 orange as well and it is a dead ringer for Gretsch's flagship color, its my new favorite color. The red mahogony and medium brown are in my kit as well which gives a LOT of possibilities. These are bright, vibrant colors that are permanent and haven't faded in the least over time. I've mixed them in with just about every medium from lacquer to varathane, sanding sealer and super glue with equal sucess. These are some really great stains.


By Charlie Livingston from Waxhaw, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 03, 2012

I have used the amber, black, lemon, and cherry stains from this product line - all excellent. They should mention in the instructions that most common guitar woods (esp. alder, maple, and ash) need to be prepped with a wash coat before applying the stain - otherwise your results will be very blotchy (esp. on alder). I have had good luck with just wiping maple with a damp cloth first before applying stain, but alder needs a shellac wash coat; a damp cloth is better than nothing, but it doesn't adequately prep alder for a very even stain application. I suggest sanding to 220 or 320 and then one coat of a 1 lb cut of platina shellac applied before the stain on alder; much better results.

Good colors, easy to mix.

By UncleHammy from Towanda, Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I used the vintage amber stain on a spalted maple top. It was a little too yellow so I added about 5 drops of red mahogany to 2 oz of VA and it made the perfect deep rich amber I wanted. Good product.

Gran Producto

By JEG Luthier from Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 22, 2012

Color Muy buena. altamente recomendado. da un Nivel superior al Instrumento

Great results

By KennyM from Midlothian, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 12, 2012

I got vintage amber and med brown to try to create a butterscotch blond. I had to experiment with the ratios for each (in lacquer) but I am a novice...very easy to use, and found that you really have to do this in drops. It was great to watch the color build and get richer with each successive tinted coat and I am very pleased with my result. I did not try staining, but as a toner they worked fantastic. Pricing was fair.

As advertised!

By Randall Surrey from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 04, 2012

I recently used two colors to obtain the desired effect on my first guitar building effort. I was amazed at how well these colors worked out: how simple it was to mix and use them and how great the outcome has been so far! I will be sure to come back when it is time for the next build.


By SARC from FL, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I used the Blue and Black stains on a Flamed Maple guitar and it came out great. i used the black first to darken the flames, then sanded the high points and stained with the blue - Easy to use, and the results came out better than could be expected. I highly recommend.

I love it!

By Curt Welsh from St. Charles, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 21, 2012

I am very new to guitar finishing and have purchased various products from StewMac to learn and practice techniques. One of the products I have enjoyed experimenting with most is ColorTone stains. I love the different effects I can achieve by blending my own colors or layering different colors. And, I am amazed how far these tiny little bottles go. Great stuff!

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.)

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