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Old December 19th, 2016, 05:13 PM   #1
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Wet sanding/slurry question

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I have laid down the first coat of Teak Oil on my Fred's stock.

After that one dries, the census is to sand a wet slurry next. Do I put on another heavy coat and start sanding? Do I just wet the 400 grit paper and sand?

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If you are trying to fill the grain, just use a little oil at a time on a small area. Create a slurry and wipe it off in the direction of the grain with a clean paper towel. I've done it this way on nice walnut stocks for bolt action hunting rifles.

I prefer to leave the M14 stocks as issued, with an open grain. It affords a better purchase under wet conditions. Use a toothbrush to work the teak oil into the grain and wipe it off with something that has a heavy shag, like terrycloth.

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I have laid down the first coat of Teak Oil on my Fred's stock.

After that one dries, the census is to sand a wet slurry next. Do I put on another heavy coat and start sanding? Do I just wet the 400 grit paper and sand?

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First off:

Many ways to do this, mine is just one. Practice will convince you which way is best for you. Walnut pores are extremely hard to fill with simple teak oil and dust, birch is much easier, this is why many use a finish with polymers, but in my opinion this is defeating the purpose of a hand rubbed (in the wood ) finish.

After the first wet-sanding you will have slurry. While still wet with slurry wipe across the grain to load the pores. Let it dry for 24-48 hours and then wipe off the excess. You should be able to see if you need to do it again. If so, repeat. If not, using foam brush apply another coat and wet-sand the next grit. You may repeat this entire process at any given point if you feel the need.

Hope it helps. Practice and experimenting will bring best results.

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