ColorTone Polishing Compounds

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The final step for a beautiful finish. Available in shop-size containers, or in 4-ounce bottles for smaller jobs.

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Medium, 1.65 lb. jar

Medium, 1.65 lb. jar

Item # 1202
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$22.65

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Fine 1.65 lb. jar

Fine 1.65 lb. jar

Item # 1203
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$22.65

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Swirl Remover, 16-oz. bottle

Swirl Remover, 16-oz. bottle

Item # 1204
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$22.65

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Coarse, 4-oz. bottle

Coarse, 4-oz. bottle

Item # 1844
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$7.95

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Medium, 4-oz. bottle

Medium, 4-oz. bottle

Item # 1845
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$7.95

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Fine 4-oz. bottle

Fine 4-oz. bottle

Item # 1846
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$7.95

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Swirl Remover, 4-oz. bottle

Swirl Remover, 4-oz. bottle

Item # 1847
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$7.95

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 4 small sizes

ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 4 small sizes

Item # 1848
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$31.80 $27.03

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 3 large sizes

ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 3 large sizes

Item # 1205
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$67.95 $64.55

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The final step for a beautiful finish. Available in shop-size containers, or in 4-ounce bottles for smaller jobs.

A customer described it best: ColorTone® polishing compounds make the magic happen! Used by hand with a soft cloth or with foam rotary polishing pads, they transform a fine-sanded new finish into a dazzling high-gloss surface you can be proud of. ColorTone compounds remove fine sanding scratches on instrument finishes and plastic pickguards, with no silicone residue to hamper future refinishing.

If you're final-sanding a new finish with 600 to 800-grit papers, begin the polishing sequence with Coarse compound. If final sanding is done with 1200-grit, start with Medium compound. Fine compound follows Medium when a super-high gloss is desired.

Swirl Remover applied with a foam rotary pad removes buffing marks and extremely fine sanding scratches on fresh finishes. It can also be used by hand to bring out a higher lustre on new or aged finishes.


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Product Instructions

ColorTone Polishing Compound Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Polishing Compounds and Swirl Remover.

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Good Stuff

By WinstonF from St. Charles, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 07, 2012


I like these very much. I feel more comfortable using something formulated for an instrument, than a car. That said here are a few tips that I will adhere to in the future. If you are nuts about your finishes, get all three compounds regardless of what you finished wet sanding with. You will be glad you did. Second thing, unless you are going to chuck up one of the polishing pads here in a drill press for small items, or do a smaller repair, I would maybe rethink polishing an entire guitar with a pad chucked in a drill. Great compounds though!

very good results

By MUYFUE from San Antonio TX
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 09, 2012


I used the medium, fine, and swirl remover to refinish a Gibson Explorer. Overall, I like the results very much! The consistency is a little thin...and can fly around if you use too much. Also, I didn't see a big difference from the medium to the fine. After the swirl remover, I noticed the combined effect of all that buffing! Wow. A hard, shiny...shine, ha. I will be using these on my future projects.

Color tone Compounds

By Steven K from Columbia, Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 04, 2012


Works very well.The foam polishing pads wear to fast,but the compounds are great.

Brought "Life" back to my Alvarez !

By Will Laturno from Prospect, CT. USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 30, 2012


These compounds are easy to use and do a really nice job. I highly suggest to purchase the foam pads too ( a different pad for each grade of polish ) - though the price tag get's up there, it's a worth while investment in your tool box for maintenance and care of your instrument(s).

at last

By ph from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 27, 2012


i have never been one that was able to get a really good finish on any project, until now.This stuff works like gangbusters by itself & with the swirl romover it is just icing on the cake. love it

Smooth & Easy

By jloud from Kentucky, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 18, 2012


I applied the ColorTone as indicated by hand using an old cut up t-shirt. I polished in a circular motion and the Satin finish on my sapele wood Martin OM1 began to shine. It finished out beautifully. Thanks for a great easy to use product.

Nice!

By Hugo from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Great compounds, I use those with stewmac's polishing pads and it's easy to get good results and a nice finish.

4-ounce Magic

By Dr. Don from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Just completed a StewMac tenor uke kit using the Color Tone polishes. The uke was finished with many coats of Behlen Stringed Instrument Laquer and finally sanded to 1200 wet & dry before curing for 7 days. Started polishing with Medium, using StewMac foam pads and a drill mounted in a vice running at about 700 rpm. The stuff is flung in every direction (next project is some sort of hood to contain the polish!), but what a finish. By the time I had reached the Swirl Remover, I had a surface a professional luthier would be proud of. There were a few faint scratches but I put these down to poor sanding technique which I hope to improve on. It's important too that the foam pads are kept in plastic bags between use and not allowed to become dust contaminated as any dust will scratch the surface during polishing. Any difficult-to-reach parts of the surface can easily be polished by hand using a very soft cloth. Even managed to repair a tiny surface blemish caused by an indiscretion with paint stripper. I cleaned around the damage, filled the little hole with a dab of lacquer, cured it, sanded the local area to 1200, and polished again - virtually no sign of the repair. Very happy with the Color Tone polishes and looking forward to using these on my banjo projects.

Colortone is spot on

By John T from Greenville, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 15, 2012


I was pleased with this product and the ease of application. A little went along way for me.

Polishing Compound Set

By BigRMV from California
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 06, 2012


I was working on 2 project guitars that were "slightly used" and needed new finishes, so I reworked them a bit and decided to try the 4 oz set of polishing compounds. Wow! What a difference. Each went on easily and cleaned up to a nice, professional looking shine. I will certainly use these again. I'm even looking for other projects around the house to polish just for fun.

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