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Old October 29th, 2008, 10:38 AM   #1
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Tung Oil Follow Up

So I just purchased some 100% pure Tung Oil for my Walnut Stock. The directions on the package state that before application, the Tung Oil should be mixed with mineral spirits. Now, I use mineral spirits to clean the bolt in my AR, and I don't know if I'm comfortable putting that stuff on my nice new Walnut stock. I was hoping others could chime in and let me know if they mixed their Tung Oil prior to application.

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Old October 29th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #2
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Just generously apply the tung oil undiluted. Wait 15 minutes and wipe the excess off. Repeat 24 hrs later as many times as you want.

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Old October 29th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #3
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I have done many stocks with tung oil,after the stock gets it's final rub down with oooo steel wool(makes the stock shine and smooth as glass).I blow off the stock to get dust ect off and then wipe down with mineral spirits.Let it dry/evaporate 10-15 mins.What I do for the 1st coat is mix a little mineral spirits with the tung oil to thin a bit.apply and rub in a bit.this tends to absorb a little deeper.when all done,take a clean pc of cloth and lightly wipe the lenght of the stock to make sure there ae no heavy spots or runs.let dr 24 hrs or more,lightly stll wool,blow off and recoat..i use 5-6 coats..after last coat,let dr several days to harden.if too glossy,light go over with the wool.you can use minwax then if you like....good luck..Glock

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Old October 29th, 2008, 01:52 PM   #4
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Question please...

I used two coats of tung oil and then used minwax and I am very happy with the results. What I would like to know is how do i maintain the stock once I have minwax on it?

Is it necessary to strip off the wax and re-tung oil it after a while? What would you use to strip off the wax if that is the case?

Any information would be appreciated.

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Old October 29th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #5
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No need to remove minwax,just rub another coat of minwax on and buff it out..If at sometime you want to add more coats of tung,clean well with mineral spirits,lightly steel wool with oooo steel wool and recoat.thats the nice thing about tung oil...Glock

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Thanks Glockshot! Will do.

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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #7
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I just got my beloved M1A and I thought the Boyd stock was really stunning. After giving it two coats of tung oil and some wax, it really stepped it up a notch. It looks so nice that I ordered a Big Red Birch from Fred's just to have as a working/knock around stock so I can keep this one perfect.

Of course by the time I receive my stock from Fred's, my original Boyd's stock might be in a state of petrification.

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I thin my first coat of PTO with turpentine for the same effect as the mineral spirits, but with a more "woodsy" smell. I think of it as a M14 air freshener while it's drying LOL.

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