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Old 01-27-2010, 02:27 PM
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Default What is the lightest walnut stock finish?

I almost hate to ask another stock finishing question but - - -
I'm finishing a stock that is really dark wood and would like to keep what I finish it with as light as I can to show the beautiful figure in the wood.
I want to use an oil finish - not varnish or Varithane or anything like that.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:07 PM
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tung oil or blo cut 50/50 with mineral spirits wont add much color, but almost anything is going to darken it to a point, maybe something like gunnies paste would work also
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:21 AM
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tung oil or blo cut 50/50 with mineral spirits wont add much color, but almost anything is going to darken it to a point, maybe something like gunnies paste would work also
Anything with BLO in it (like, say, BLO, or gunnies paste) will darken with age. Supposedly pure tung oil does not.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:48 AM
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What are the thoughts on something like Johnson Paste Wax? I have it around all the time for cast bullets.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:07 PM
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The purists will scream, but here's my idea (long)

I used Fairtrimmers OX on my Garand and followed it up with Tom's 1/3 mix. Of course, these products darken the wood, which is what I wanted.

That said, the Fairtrimmers is a very thin watery mix that you sand into the wood, a good technique.

30 years ago, I built a Springfield sporter (from an action-didn't cut one up!) with a bastogne walnut stock. A gunsmith friend showed me the sanding process using a Varathane oil product (NLA). It had no colorant at all. Now, 30 years on, that stock has not changed color one bit.

All this leads up to... Minwax Wipe-On Poly. It is thin and watery, like Fairtrimmers and the Varathane of long ago. I just finished a maple top for my loading bench and used the Minwax product, sanding it in and followed up with Toms. Looks like a stock finish.

This is a colorless version of this product. Cheap, available everywhere in small cans. Get a walnut scrap and try it out. Follow up with paste wax. You might be surprised.
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