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Old January 8th, 2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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I acquired a new old unissued walnut M14 stock that was dry as a bone. I put acoat of boiled linseed oil on it which it soaked up like a sponge. So I put a 2'nd coat on and it looked better with a few dry spots still, so I put a 3'rd coat on and it looks great. The linseed oil really brought out the grain. My problem is that now the stock has a tacky feel to it, so my question is how do I get rid of the tackyness? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old January 8th, 2017, 03:42 PM   #2
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Be patient... or rub it into the wood with your hands using some force. This will help it to dry and take off any sheen and give it the hand rubbed look. Or if that doesn't do it, then buff it lightly and go with another product that has driers in it, like Tru Oil or as others will point out, teak oil of one brand or another. I have not used those but have used BLO and Tru Oil.

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Too much of a coating with oils and they don't dry well and remain tacky. I'd sand it back to wood and start over. Multiple thin coats is better than a few thicker ones. I wipe away all excess on each and every coat and wait for it to harden up before doing follow up layers. I'd also thin the oil with spirits too, helps to soak in and spread evenly.

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Thanks for the tips guys.

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What ever you do, don't use linseed oil that isn't boiled.

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When you do start putting another coat of BLO on, let it sit for 30 minutes or so, then wipe off the excess like you mean it! Don't just lightly run a rag over the surface. Any excess on the surface can take forever to dry.

BLO takes patience - lots of it. It does dry faster than RLO, but it still can take up to a week for a coat to completely harden, especially in winter cold. If you think it is dry, get your nose up next to the surface and take a whiff. If it smells like linseed oil it isn't cured yet.

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When you do start putting another coat of BLO on, let it sit for 30 minutes or so, then wipe off the excess like you mean it! Don't just lightly run a rag over the surface. Any excess on the surface can take forever to dry.

BLO takes patience - lots of it. It does dry faster than RLO, but it still can take up to a week for a coat to completely harden, especially in winter cold. If you think it is dry, get your nose up next to the surface and take a whiff. If it smells like linseed oil it isn't cured yet.
That was my point exactly. if you can't wait on the boiled to dry, you sure as hell don't want to use the raw oil.

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Another person recommended wiping it down with turpentine. I tried that and it worked the stock no longer feels tacky. Took me 4 applications and I'm happy with the result.

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