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Old March 17th, 2017, 10:22 AM   #1
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New Springfield walnut stock shows wear after use?

Long story short, my new Springfield walnut stock was exposed to heated moisture which stripped away some of the new walnut finish, exposing the wood underneath. I sanded the whole thing down, and applied 8 coats of boiled linseed oil (BLO) with 24 hours between each coat, then 5 days after the final coat before use. After that, I put about 140 rounds through it, and that night I noticed that the finish wasn't as smooth as the original, so I was just wondering if this is normal. I understand that the skin on my hand after use can cause wear on the stock, but I didn't think it would be so quickly. The wear mainly shows on the front where my left hand supports the rifle, and on the grip butt where the bottom of my right hand touches the grip. Anyway, I was wondering if this is normal, or am I missing a step during the finishing process to preserve the finish.

Also, I'm considering glossing up the stock. How do you guys/gals feel about that? If I were to do so, would I just apply gloss veneer or wax? What kind?

Thanks for your input. Cheers!

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When you say you "coated" the rifle with BLO, you didn't actually coat the rifle with that stuff like it was varnish, did you?

How did you apply it?

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That's stuff is not allowed in CA. You could catch something !

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First, Renaissance wax on BLO looks great, but make sure the BLO is very dry. What grit did you sand with? You can wet sand with BLO, to smooth it some more.

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When you say you "coated" the rifle with BLO, you didn't actually coat the rifle with that stuff like it was varnish, did you?

How did you apply it?
With a piece of cotton cloth, coated down the stock, rubbed it down with that cotton cloth, gave it 10 minutes, then rubbed it down with a new, dry cloth to get rid of any puddle or excess blotches.

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With a piece of cotton cloth, coated down the stock, rubbed it down with that cotton cloth, gave it 10 minutes, then rubbed it down with a new, dry cloth to get rid of any puddle or excess blotches.
Apply the BLO to a small area at a time, try applying the BLO with your fingers, then rubbing into the wood with the palm of your hand. Keep rubbing until the wood and your hand feel warm, then move on to the next area of the stock until it is completely done. You will find that this process gives a better finish, penetrates the wood more, uses less product, and has less excess. It also dries a little faster. When you are finished, let dry overnight, and buff with a soft cloth. The "old process" was to apply once a day for a week, once a week for a month, and once a month for a year...once a year afterwards.... Good Luck, and enjoy the process, it will give you something to do while watching TV... You are likely to find that new Springfield stock somewhat "thirsty"...

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Apply the BLO to a small area at a time, try applying the BLO with your fingers, then rubbing into the wood with the palm of your hand. Keep rubbing until the wood and your hand feel warm, then move on to the next area of the stock until it is completely done. You will find that this process gives a better finish, penetrates the wood more, uses less product, and has less excess. It also dries a little faster. When you are finished, let dry overnight, and buff with a soft cloth. The "old process" was to apply once a day for a week, once a week for a month, and once a month for a year...once a year afterwards.... Good Luck, and enjoy the process, it will give you something to do while watching TV...
I'll give that a shot. Do you have any suggestions as far as a glossy finish?

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Sounds like you did it correctly, but 9 applications of it sounds like too much. Try rubbing the stock down with a green scouring pad to get the excess build up off. I think you just have too much on the stock.

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I'll give that a shot. Do you have any suggestions as far as a glossy finish?
thoroughly clean with acetone or denatured alcohol, then apply Birchwood Casey's TruOil with the fingers, a little goes a long way. Once again, one area at a time until the entire stock is done. You'll need at least 3 coats, sanding lightly between each coat with 600 wet or dry (wet)... from there, YOU decide if it is "glossy" enough... the more coats, the more gloss.. the gloss can be toned down if desired by using some 0000 steel or bronze wool. When you are satisfied, let it sit for about a week to thoroughly dry then apply a coat of Birchwood Casey "stock sheen" or the wax of your choice....

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As noted, you don't really apply "coats" of BLO. Put a drop, yes, one drop, on the stock, and rub it firmly with your palm and fingers until it heats up and disappears. Keep doing this until you have coated the whole stock. That's one "coat". don't soak it on and don't paint it on.

Do this maybe 10-15 times over a few weeks. And again if you feel like it or when it starts feeling too dry.

Short answer is if you soak it in BLO and don't let it dry fully it'll seem tacky for a while and whenever it heats up.

You might also look at this stuff http://thegunstockdoctor.com/Products.html

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https://youtu.be/oiOUXOpN7DA

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<snip>I sanded the whole thing down, and applied 8 coats of boiled linseed oil (BLO) with 24 hours between each coat, then 5 days after the final coat before use.
Try more like 5 weeks to harden sufficiently for real use.

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That's a lot of coats for BLO, it drys very slowly, I would have done 1 thicker coat then weight for several days or more.

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I never do a thick coat of BLO... well, not anymore. I did put too much on when I first got my rifle, hence my recommendation earlier to use a green scouring pad to get it off.

Every BLO discussion should include this video warning... pay heed.


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