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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.

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ColorTone Liquid Stains
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5029 Set of all 10 colors SAVE $11.10 Yes

5032 Red mahogany Yes

5033 Medium brown Yes

5034 Tobacco brown Yes

5037 Lemon yellow Yes

5038 Cherry red Yes

5039 Blue Yes

5040 Black Yes

5041 Bright green Yes

5042 Orange Yes

5030 Vintage amber Yes

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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.)

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ColorTone Liquid Stains
ColorTone Liquid Stains
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5 4-10-2014
ColorTone Stain

I couldn't be happier with this product. It was exactly as described. This was my first attempt at re-finishing a guitar and it turned out great!

rico5082  Cincinnati, OH
5 3-24-2014
Very intense and well penetrating stain

This was my first time ever refinishing one of my guitars at home. First went through Internet sites to find out how to do it all the right and professional way. Found that with any and all of the Stewart MacDonald instruction sites. Great guidance by the way. After I got all of the old black paint and finish stripped and sanded off of my Telecaster body, I went ahead and purchased the dye stain colors of my choosing. I purchased Lemon Yellow and Vintage Amber with the intent of mixing them together to get a nice medium yellow ochre tone. I didn't know if it would work at first, but after mixing the two together, testing the mixture on scrap wood, and wiping on the guitar body, the dye/ stain mixture penetrated the wood just dime and the two colors mixed well together for my liking. Be warned, though as I found out, do not put too much on at one time or the color can become too dark and intense, and don't sand too frequently between coats, or the stain maybe removed easily. I even like how it accidentally unevenly covered with more amber tones in some places and yellow tones in others.Great stuff!

M. Barlow  Prairie Village, KS Read my reviews (3)
5 3-17-2014
Colors that can match old vintage or mix your own for new projects

These are the easiest to use and best for getting that color match for an old vintage guitar. The only colors I will use in my lacquer finishes.

guitarwoodrat  Cumberland Gap, Tn Read my reviews (18)
5 3-13-2014

Nice stuff, easy mixing...

Veljko  Read my reviews (2)
4 2-17-2014
Liquid stain

Excellent product, works good with water and alcohol. I used yellow, red, dark brown and black to do a rubber hand burst.

Gerald  Neuville, canada
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5 2-16-2014
Stewmac stains!

I purchased the cherry red stain in a 2oz. bottle! Let me tell you, it is incredible! Most vibrant color red i have seen on a guitar!

Chuck V.M.  Wyandotte
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5 2-15-2014

Absolutely amazing!

musicmont  USA Read my reviews (6)
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5 1-30-2014
color tone stains

Great product, worked perfectly on my very first guitar build. Tons of compliments, plan on doing many more. Very easy to mix into the exact color I wanted, a little bit goes a long way

Enzo  Rochester Mn.
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5 1-19-2014
Great, True Color

I built my first guitar recently with a good hunk of flame maple. I had read tips on how to make the flame really pop, so I stained my guitar with an oil based minwax ebony, then sanded roughly half of the stain off once it dried. I had bought a water based stain from a big-box store and it did terrible with the half sanded oil stain. So I decided to try the red ColorTone stain. I figured out the stain to water ratio; which is 0.25oz for every one cup of water. I measured the dye in an old medicine cup you would find on a bottle of cold medicine. I put some of the mixture on a test piece of maple and decided I wanted my mix a bit darker, so I added a couple more drops of stain. I ended up doing 4 coats of stain total; working it in each time until the wood wouldn't take any more and making sure it was nice and even. You don't have to drench the wood or anything, but don't do one quick pass and call it a day. After each session of stain dried, I would knock down the grain with increasingly higher grits of sandpaper from 800 to 2000. I maybe used about 1/2 of the one cup of stain I mixed total and stored the rest in a sealed glass jar. I'm extremely happy with the final result. The Colortone blended perfectly with the oil stain I had laid down first and the flame on my guitar has that 3D effect you hear about.

Ian H  Toronto, OH
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5 1-18-2014
Great colors, dark and intense

I've used ColorTone liquid stain in cherry red, bright green, red mahogany, blue, lemon yellow, and black. In concentration they are amazingly dark, intense colors. They can be mixed together or thinned with water or alcohol to achieve a full range of hue and tone. I'm playing with a technique whereby I employ them over wood as I might watercolors on paper, to achieve the same wash and drybrush effects. When mixed with alcohol, they can be used to color shellac for a tinted French rub. I love this product!

Jim Dandy in Oregon  Beaverton, Oregon, USA Read my reviews (2)
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