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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 9-21-2012
I love it!

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!

Curt Welsh  St. Charles, IL
5 9-20-2012
exactly as described

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.)

SLeketa  Boston MA Read my reviews (2)
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4 9-18-2012
very good

diluted with a little water and brushed it on. it does what it says it will do.

Jordan Anderson  Streator, IL Read my reviews (2)
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5 9-12-2012

I love this stuff! Just need a tiny bit to do a whole body. Apply it directly to the wood or add it to a clear coat.

tmaz  Detroit, MI
5 9-08-2012
ColorTone Liquid Stains

product of the highest quality

fenderlele  venezia, IT Read my reviews (3)
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5 8-27-2012

got the tobacco version. love it. works very well with alcohol or water. highly recommended

ianianianianian  london Read my reviews (4)
5 8-19-2012
Cool stuff.

I used the vintage amber both as a wood stain and mixed with a filler. A little goes a long way, try a drop at time until you get the intensity you're looking for.

G.Garcia  Brawley, CA Read my reviews (5)
5 8-02-2012
Upgrading worn paint jobs on guitar bodies.

Used the color tone liquid stain on two instruments I was upgrading. Acheived a wonderful result which was greatly enhanced when a few coats of nitrocelulose clear were applied and later, when these guitars were buffed. More than happy with the product.

Terry T  Moruya, NSW Australia
5 7-31-2012
Awesome Stains!

These stains make it easy to make a great looking guitar! Thanks Stewmac!

Cassidy Guitars  Holliston, MA
5 7-29-2012
Gibson Heritage Cherry

This being my first build, and not being exactly... Bob Vila? StewMac had the best reviews & basically the ONLY source for the REALLY RED Gibson wood stain found on those 58-69 LP/SH juniors. I got the liquid, not the can which was the best choice. I diluted it w/ Denatured alcohol at first, but the best way was warm water. You cannot mess up the mix, even if you just squirt a few drops directly on the wood by mistake, it is extremely uniform. I double-dyed a 59' Junior kit (mahogany) after being disappointed w/ a real Gibson (2011) that showed up wine red (purplish) instead of Heritage cherry, also the finishes are so random. The results were exactly the same tone as the 59' Cherry, and with 10-15 coats of gloss spray lacquer I have something resembling exactly the vintage red finish. Thanks StewMac, and for you first time builders do not be afraid using the liquid dye.

W. DeBene  Palm HArbor, FL
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