ColorTone Liquid Stains

ColorTone Liquid Stains

ColorTone Liquid Stains Red mahogany

Red mahogany

Item # 5032
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Medium brown

Medium brown

Item # 5033
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Tobacco brown

Tobacco brown

Item # 5034
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Lemon yellow

Lemon yellow

Item # 5037
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Cherry red

Cherry red

Item # 5038
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Blue

Blue

Item # 5039
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Black

Black

Item # 5040
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Bright green

Bright green

Item # 5041
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Orange

Orange

Item # 5042
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ColorTone Liquid Stains Vintage amber

Vintage amber

Item # 5030
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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

Set of all 10 colors

Item # 5029
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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 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

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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4.0

Great, but the tip can use some work

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The pouring tip needs a better way to puncture it so it flows out better, but it isn't difficult to work with. The stain is fantastic, mixes smoothly, and are striking in all different blends of colors.

5.0

Amazingly vibrant. Easy to work with

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These are by far the easiest dyes that I've ever used. They go on evenly and smoothly. For a beginner like me, it was great that I could mix a the dye relatively light, and then just add more coats as needed to get the color I wanted.

The attached photos show a swamp ash jazz bass body. I dyed it black, sanded back, repeated several times until I was happy with the grain, and then dyed it blue. I was even able to pull of a burst without any spraying equipment. It's all just from sanding.

5.0

Great to have around

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I really like colortone stains. I tend go water based, bursting with them is a cinch , just keep adding and rubbing them together, no big deal really

5.0

First Guitar Build

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I have never worked with a water stain both the Cherry Red and Vintage Amber worked great as I did a Sun Burst and I think it came out great ,I have always wanted to learn to build a guitar so I'm trying. Here is a photo.

5.0

Gibson Cherry Finish

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I wanted my kit SG guitar to be just like the Gibson Cherry finish and wasn't sure how to get it. I decided to order Stew-Mac's Cherry Stain and was pleasantly surprised. I was able to get a wood stain that closely matched the Gibson tint. When I coupled the stain with the translucent Cherry spray paint it turned out exactly the color that I wanted, not too light, but a deep cherry finish that accented the wood grain underneath. It works best if you use the Mahogany Wood Filler first then the stain. The spray can of Cherry paint is the final touch it needed.

5.0

Color Tone

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Worked great. Happy with how the guitar looks. Will definitely buy from Stu Mac again.

5.0

A little goes a long ways!

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I have been using the powder version of this product for years because it seems to last forever and a little goes a long ways. I think the liquid is an improvement. I use an insulin syringe to measure the amount I need to tint lacquer or shellac. I bought the Amber, added a tiny bit of brown and the guitar looks like a vintage finish from the 1940's. Great stuff!

5.0

Works Great

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This is a very simple and easy to use way of coloring your instrument. You have full control as to level of tint you want

5.0

Best stuff I have ever used

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Used this and red mahogany on my peavey koa bass, very pleased with results I was going for.

5.0

Great product. Use it often. Never fails.

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I've used ColorTone tints in a lot of builds. The reaction to them is always how beautiful the finished product is.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 41 See ColorTone Liquid Stains
on page 41 of our StewMac Digital Catalog