ColorTone Liquid Stains

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Lemon Yellow

Lemon Yellow

Item # 5037
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$23.31

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ColorTone Liquid Stains 30s Pale Yellow
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30s Pale Yellow

Item # 5107
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$23.31

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Straw
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Straw

Item # 5109
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$23.31

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Vintage Amber

Vintage Amber

Item # 5030
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Cherry Red

Cherry Red

Item # 5038
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$23.31

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Red Mahogany

Red Mahogany

Item # 5032
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Orange

Orange

Item # 5042
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Pumpkin Orange
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Pumpkin Orange

Item # 5108
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Bright Green

Bright Green

Item # 5041
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Blue

Blue

Item # 5039
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Purple
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Purple

Item # 5102
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Bordeaux
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Bordeaux

Item # 5106
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Medium Brown

Medium Brown

Item # 5033
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Nazareth Mahogany
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Nazareth Mahogany

Item # 5110
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Golden Brown
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Golden Brown

Item # 5105
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Kalamazoo Mahogany
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Kalamazoo Mahogany

Item # 5111
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Tobacco Brown

Tobacco Brown

Item # 5034
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$23.31

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Dark Walnut
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Dark Walnut

Item # 5104
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$23.31

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ColorTone Liquid Stains Cordovan
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Cordovan

Item # 5103
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Black

Black

Item # 5040
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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 20 colors
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Set of all 20 colors

Item # 5045
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List Price $466.20
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ColorTone Liquid Stains

About This Item

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 20 colors!

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

Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Coloring new binding to match the old stuff

We've watched Dan Erlewine repair this 1930s Kay over the previous 3 Trade Secrets. It's time to finish it up. Elliot John-Conry of EJC Guitars ages Dan's patch of new plastic binding so it blends in with the old binding around it. About the guitar in this video: This 1930s Kay Deluxe is a fixer-upper that Dan Erlewine repaired in order to sell. Now that it's in great shape again, maybe Dan'll keep it!

How to match color on vintage binding repairs

Working on an aged Les Paul, Erick Coleman has to sand part of the yellowed binding. The sanded spots are a glaring white mismatch. Erick makes turns the repair invisible with a little ColorTone spray and stain.

Instructions

Product Instructions

ColorTone Liquid Stain Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Stains.

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5.0

Nice stain

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Verified Buyer


This stain went on evenly, with a nice rich color. I used it for a chair.

5.0

Great for the shop!

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I bought this for my bench and Im glad I did!

5.0

Excellent product

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I have Straw and Lemon Yellow. At first I just used straw to stain a maple neck and it came out ok, a little darker than I wanted and yes, the clear coat makes it even darker. Be careful how much stain you put on and plan it out before clearing it. My next project, also a maple neck, I decided to buy some lemon yellow and mix the two together. The straw needed some yellow to even it out and it paid off! I started with yellow and added the straw to the mix. I ended up adding more straw than yellow because I believe I put too much yellow in the first time. I kept testing it on pine until I got the right shade. Sprayed clear on it to see how much more it will darken and I was done. It was trial and error for me but well worth it to get my shade. Great stuff!

4.0

Perfect for matching an aged maple neck

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Verified Buyer


Reshaping a neck I made 25 years ago without sanding off the entire neck. It is the second neck I ever made and came out way too chunky. In those 25 years the wood color aged beautifully though so I never dared to touch it until I saw Dan’s video on color matching the maple fretboard.
I needed many more drops than the video. It looks perfect on the neck, but where the grain changes towards the neck or heel it did take more stain than along the neck, turning it darker. Dan’s video didn’t have to deal with that because it was a straight fretboard with homegenous grain along the whole surface.
The other lesson learned was that it turns slightly darker with clear coat. So I’m glad I stopped when the tint was just shy of the rest of the neck.

5.0

Color Tone Liquid Stain

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Verified Buyer


Like the reviews say - a little goes a long way so when you use a few drops to experiment with color matching it's not really wasting stain . It is about getting perfect results . Test color with exact wood type samples and you will have expert level results . I recommend this stain .

5.0

ColorTone liquid stains, Excellent

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Verified Buyer


The new Straw stain is perfect to match older necks.. We always plane our fretboards with our Plek to correct or put a multistage radius on them. Being able to match the color is now very simple and quick..

5.0

Works well

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Verified Buyer


Used this on a hand-finished guitar neck (mixed vintage amber and tobacco brown in lacquer thinner). Looks great!

5.0

Great product  But could use a mixing blend chart

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Verified Buyer


I've been using this product for years!! And when I got the new Finishing book from Stew Mac I was so happy to see how to blend all the colors together To the Exact color I need... But now That book chart will be dated because they have new colors : ( So I think Steve Mac It be a great service if you could Make an online mixing chart similar to what you have in the book With the new colors added ?

5.0

Color Tone Liquid Stains

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Verified Buyer


I have been using these stains for a few years now. I've used the Red, Amber, Blue and Black. The mix well to produce many other colors. Very easy to use. I mix a few drops in water and it is very easy to adjust the color. I start light and just keep applying until I get the desired color.

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ColorTone Tint

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Verified Buyer


Excellent dye. I tried another product first and I was making a black burst on a custom tele with flame maple top. The other product didn't have the strength to dye the wood black. The stain was weak and anemic. Then I tried SM ColorTone. What a difference! Black is black! I had no problems diluting to a light stain and going to a deep black on the edges. I'll use ColorTone from now on.

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