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Old February 15th, 2017, 05:30 PM   #1
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BLO, after teak oil?

Is there a problem with applying A few coats of BLO on a stock that was originally finished with Teak oil? Your thoughts are apprciated!

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Old February 15th, 2017, 06:06 PM   #2
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I thought teak oil effectively sealed the pores blocking further absorption?

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If the stock was originally finished with teak oil my first choice would be to get some some Renaissance Wax and put a few light coats on and buff it off with a clean cotton rag. That should bring a nice protective luster back to the stock. Briwax is also good - I use the clear on walnut and antique mahogany on the figured birch stocks.

I do not think the result will be great by adding BLO on top of the teak oil.

Others may have a different opinion. I find if you periodically just wax the stocks finished with teak oil they hold up very nice and the nice finish returns.

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If the stock was originally finished with teak oil my first choice would be to get some some Renaissance Wax and put a few light coats on and buff it off with a clean cotton rag. That should bring a nice protective luster back to the stock. Briwax is also good - I use the clear on walnut and antique mahogany on the figured birch stocks.

I do not think the result will be great by adding BLO on top of the teak oil.

Others may have a different opinion. I find if you periodically just wax the stocks finished with teak oil they hold up very nice and the nice finish returns.

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I thought teak oil effectively sealed the pores blocking further absorption?
I'm not really sure, that's why I am asking!

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Im much less familiar with Teak but I do know its not uncommon to use BLO after using Tung.

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Old February 16th, 2017, 09:38 AM   #7
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How does one know what was on a used M1 or M1A-type? Do you have to strip the stock and start fresh?

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If its mil original finish its either Tung or BLO, most likely BLO.

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How does one know what was on a used M1 or M1A-type? Do you have to strip the stock and start fresh?
I know because I used Teak oil! I was just curious if using a different oil might darken the stock, or perhaps change the appearance in any way. I guess this is a question of "what if I did this...." I figured one of our experts may have experimented with this.

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If its mil original finish its either Tung or BLO, most likely BLO.
It's a SA (Boyd's stock) that is only about a year and a half old.

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I can't see any reason that you can't put BLO over teak oil but I also can't see any reason to do it. BLO will not seal the wood in the way either tung oil or teak oil will. It can also get mold and other issues that tung oil won't. About the only reason I would use it would be initially to get good absorbtion with either teak or tung oil over it to seal it, not the other way around. If you want to darken the stock I would recommend rubbing some "Real Milk" dark tung oil in. This would darken the finish and seal the wood. Keep in mind this is only my opinion and there are others here with far more knowledge about this than me... To me it would be like putting lower quality paint over better paint...

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BLO will not seal the wood in the way either tung oil or teak oil will.
Tung and linseed oils have near zero ability to seal wood against moisture: http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=121369

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Tung and linseed oils have near zero ability to seal wood against moisture: http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=121369
Linseed oil has near zero ability to seal wood, that was my point. I beg to differ on tung oil which does seal wood...
We are discussing oil finishes here. Of course epoxies, urethanes and varnishes score higher but these are not finishes we look to for a traditional oil finished military rifle. If your goal is to simply seal a match rifle then yes, paint it. Also, generally we apply many more coats than were used in that sample and some of us finish it with a wax.
The point of my post was not to tout the effectiveness of tung oil, or teak oil as a sealant, it was simply to say that personally I see no advantage to adding BLO over a teak or tung oil finish.

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Linseed oil has near zero ability to seal wood, that was my point. I beg to differ on tung oil which does seal wood...
Look at the chart again. One or two coats of tung oil actually adds moisture.

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http://www.bamboorodmaking.com/WoodProtection_Study.pdf



Here's the whole study. It does not cover water, just humidity. On a rifle, penetration of water is a concern, not just humidity. I guess change rate is more important than level. We don't care if our stock equilibrates with the 80% environment, we just don't want rapid change because of the possible differential expansion or contraction. I am just "ideating" as R. Buckminster Fuller taught!(the original "Fool on the Hill" for you Beatles fans)

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