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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ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

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as expected

By tb from Portland OR
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Great concentrated color as expected. I have mixed this with alcohol, water, and lacquer - all with great results. Smaller bottles for 1/2 the price would be the only suggestion I have - not everyone will need or use an entire bottle. Chip in with friends if you can!

Great Stuff

By Billn59 from Chesapeake, Va
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mixed with stringed instrument lacquer. 1 TSP dye, 4 oz lacquer, 1 oz thinner. Sprayed two light coats to try and replicate a crimson red Tele.

Vintage amber is a must

By Tai Fu from Taiwan
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If you hate the price of this product, you have to get vintage amber if you do guitar finishing regularly. It has the exact color of aging lacquer that you just can't get right by mixing it yourself. I have used it to restore a Gibson Les Paul custom that was damaged and improperly repaired, and you can't tell old lacquer from new thanks to this dye.

It is also just the perfect shade for the center of a Fender or Gibson style sunburst.


By RCRBanjo from Birchwood, Wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 20, 2011

A very economical and quality product which I use not only on musical instruments, but gun stocks as well.

Great stain

By Chester V from Pointe Claire,  Quebec, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 18, 2011

Love the product but absolutely hate the cap/container - can't open /close without getting stain to leak around the cap

Vibrant traditional color

By Robert S from Virgil, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 18, 2011

I love the traditional shades of the Stew Mac dyes. I thin them just slightly with alcohol, wipe them directly on the wood, then apply clear coats. I avoid using water to thin them, as this raises the wood grain. I always tint my lacquer clear coats with a little vintage amber (just 1 drop). The dyes are a bit pricey (reason for not giving 5 stars), but a little goes a long way.

Worked beautifully undiluted!

By Bassic from Quad Cities, IA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 08, 2011

I used the lemon yellow and cherry red stains on a 5-string fretless kit bass project. I attempted to achieve a sort of "fire" burst effect and, though I'm at best a novice at woodwork, I'm very happy with the outcome. I used a cotton cloth to work the undiluted lemon yellow stain from the middle of the bass body top out toward the sides, using a wetter cloth/more stain in the middle and drier cloth/less stain as I worked toward the body edges. With the cherry red stain, I used the cloth very wet around the edges - nearly concealing the edge wood's grain - and worked it drier as I moved toward the middle of the top. Instead of creating a symmetrical burst pattern, I attempted to undulate the pattern to simulate the look of fire. I repeated that approach on the bottom of the body and on the top of the neck's headstock. I then finished the body and neck with tung oil. It's by no means perfect but it looks beautiful to me and I've gotten many unsolicited compliments. I'm very impressed with these stains' color consistency and workability. Great job, Stew-Mac - thanks!

Awesome Color!

By Sam Tsohonis, Maxwell Guitars from Monitor, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thanks for the great product. This stuff was easy to work with, easy to conserve, and rich in color and tone.

Colortone Liquid Stain

By Keith R from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 29, 2011

I have used the Colortone waterbase stain on several guitar builds and have had great results. Easy to apply and fast clean-up!! Keith R, Grasshopper Guitars

THE stain to use on any guitar!

By Nolan Peach from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This stain is really worth the money and it has enough to do probably 2-3 guitars (neck and body). I bought the cherry red and mixed it fairly dark, applied it to a curly maple top and a hard rock maple neck (which used about 1/3 of the bottle) and I was absolutely amazed with how perfect the color was. It was exactly what I had in mind for this guitar and it was very easy to mix and apply.

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