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Old April 17th, 2017, 07:31 PM   #1
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Leaving a blonde "Big Red", blonde?

Hey everyone. Just looking for opinions. This is my first actual build of a M1a. Picked up this barreled receiver (Bula XM21 with 18.5" NM barrel) last week from the PX. Not all the parts are here yet but hopefully I'll have it done in a week or two.

I also got this Big Red birch stock from the PX. It came stained and sealed but I wanted to make it my own. I stripped it and sanded the heck out off it. The stain was deep down into the grains. I used a steamer to raise the grain and was able to get 98% of it out.

There's no finish on it yet other than putting it on my buffing wheels I use to refurbish old tobacco pipes. The wheel has some left over carnuba wax used for wood/briar (not car wax) on it. The wood buffed to a nice satin finish.

If I decide to keep it blonde what can I seal it with that won't change the current color?
Or should I add some color?
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Old April 17th, 2017, 08:07 PM   #2
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I say use tru oil and leave it blonde.

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Old April 17th, 2017, 08:15 PM   #3
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I'd remove the wax and apply pure milk tung oil. Tung doesn't patina brown like linseed does. That's what I did with my lighter birch Sachs big red and all who see it, like it.
Interesting grain pattern on yours, very nice.

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Old April 17th, 2017, 08:16 PM   #4
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Anything you put on it;;will change the color SOMEWHAT????? How much will it change is a SWAG...

You could try Teak Oil ;; say on the bottom of the stock right in front on the mag well,, if you don't like it use some acetone to wipe it off,,, than do your buffing to get it back where you want it...

Why does everyone always ask the hard questions?????

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Old April 17th, 2017, 08:44 PM   #5
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Scientific
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To answer the next question.

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Old April 18th, 2017, 05:28 AM   #6
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Ahh yes the SWAG as opposed to the WAG. Closely related to the RCH. Very commonly used concepts in the Fire Direction Center.

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Old April 18th, 2017, 05:48 AM   #7
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Fine wet sand with tung or teak oil, dry thoroughly and wax with Renaissance wax inside and out. The stock will darken, but will gain depth and contrast. Wax on top of oil is also a pretty fair moisture sealant. I tried Tru Oil on birch, and did not care for it as it seemed to mute the reds.

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If you put some mineral spirits or acetone on it you'll get a good idea of how it'll look with oil. I agree with the guys above to just oil it up and wax it. You'll need the oil to protect the wood anyway but it will stay quite blonde with teak oil. Tung might be a little darker but it'll look great either way.

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Old April 18th, 2017, 06:00 AM   #9
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Pure Tung Oil by Milk Paint. Blond is beautiful.

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Old April 18th, 2017, 07:27 AM   #10
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I love a blonde my first GI Stock from Freds came as a REDHEAD but I stripped the color off and out with acetone to reveal her true Blonde. Then just used TruOil on that one. Used BLO on my GI Walnut and now have went the path of Doug Carlton and am using PTO from Real Milk Paint Company for my Gi tiger from Treeline.
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