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Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? #5210939 09/12/19 11:50 AM
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I have a shotgun stock that I'd like to refinish. I'm planning on using an Aniline dye for color.

After dying, I'm hoping to find a "finish" that will protect the wood (and maybe be waterproof, to some degree), hopefully have some level of durability, yet be easy to repair when it gets scratched, etc. I'm hoping the finish product can be used to produce a shine that would range from satin to gloss, depending on how many coats I want to apply. I will apply Renaissance Wax when I'm all done.

Out off all of my desired characteristics, what is most important to me is to not hide the beauty of the wood.

I'm sure there are trade-offs since I doubt any one product has all of these characteristics, but can you offer any suggestions as a starting point?

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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5210952 09/12/19 12:04 PM
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I would simply use shellac. This probably isn't a traditional stock finish, but it works well and can be readily polished and dyed if you like. I use aniline dyes all the time in shellac. If you want to retain the beauty of the wood, don't color the wood itself, but rather the transparent finish you put on it!

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I rub in clear epoxy glue, then go over it with fine steel wool when it's hardened. Put the glue in the refridgerator for a while first, so it doesn't go off too soon.


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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5211000 09/12/19 01:27 PM
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I use this on my cherry furniture it actually make the surface harder. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Watco-1-pt-Rejuvenating-Oil-66051H/100187718 It can be refinished at any time even with wax coating. Watco makes a multitude of products, even a wipe on poly. https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/watco/


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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5211023 09/12/19 02:07 PM
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Tru-Oil from Birchwood Casey has a long history of great results.

Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5211048 09/12/19 02:31 PM
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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5211110 09/12/19 03:43 PM
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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Tyson] #5211171 09/12/19 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tyson
Tru-Oil from Birchwood Casey has a long history of great results.

Ding ding ding We have a winner!


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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5211181 09/12/19 06:10 PM
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Spray lacquer, it doesn't create layers. Each coat "melts" or amalgamates in to the last coat to make one layer. It makes it easier to touch up blemishes because it eliminates witness marks. There are some good write ups by noremf on stock refinishing on rimfirecentral.

Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Blkstanger] #5211190 09/12/19 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Blkstanger
Originally Posted by Tyson
Tru-Oil from Birchwood Casey has a long history of great results.

Ding ding ding We have a winner!

Never a bad choice.


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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5211200 09/12/19 06:50 PM
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This is for a stock already in good shape......I had a beautiful Henry rifle with an American Walnut stock that had lots of character to it. I first rubbed it down with McGuire's Scratch-X, which is the automotive product for removing light clearcoat swirls in car finish. It is a very mild abrasive paste. It really shined up and glossed the finish which looked more of a matt finish when new. I then hit it with several coats of Howard's Feed N Wax, which really brought the wood grain out in a big way. It made it much more visible and brought out color that was much harder to see before. The difference was astounding. Of course, being a wax, it waterproofed it, or at least made it water resistant. The bonus was the nice citris smell after application.

I have a Henry Golden Boy and I've thought about doing this, but the grain isn't as prevalent as it was on the first one, which was a standard Henry .22.


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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5211261 09/12/19 09:01 PM
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I would do 5-6 coats of tung oil depending on the shine you are looking for. Once dry apply your wax.

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Another happy user of tung oil here. Easy to use and get good results. BSW

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Re: Waterproof stock finish that won't hide wood beauty? [Re: HangFire] #5215830 09/18/19 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by HangFire
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Originally Posted by Tyson
Tru-Oil from Birchwood Casey has a long history of great results.

Ding ding ding We have a winner!

Never a bad choice.


Another vote for Tru-Oil. I stripped two Mosin Nagants down to the bare wood (Birch). Stained and finished with several coats of Tru-Oil. They both turned out nicer than I ever imagined.


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Originally Posted by Tyson
Tru-Oil from Birchwood Casey has a long history of great results.


I used Tru-Oil on my M44 restoration. It really looks amazing in person. Very deep gloss that is a real pleasure in person. I applied it in steps, following the instructions. Unfortunately, the pictures simply don't show the depth and gloss. It's much like an automotive clear coat, with a deep shine.

This was a $69 gun, that looked like absolute junk, coated in preservative.


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