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Old March 10th, 2017, 06:40 PM   #16
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BLO is a durable finish, it's house paint without the pigment.


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Old March 11th, 2017, 04:35 AM   #17
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Wasted my M1a Loaded stock had a factory oil finish that was pretty minimal and it took the whole routine to get a good GI BLO finish including the wet sanding for whiskers.

Mud Pi will need to judge for himself how much is being absorbed on the sloppy coat application and he may only need one or two, or, if the stock is already well soaked, none and go straight to the thin coats.

If you only use thin coats on a dry stock it will take forever, instead of almost forever, to get a good finish. It's a rather long process no matter what route you choose but it will make a really nice, GI finish that looks right on the rifle.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 07:34 AM   #18
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Wasted my M1a Loaded stock had a factory oil finish that was pretty minimal and it took the whole routine to get a good GI BLO finish including the wet sanding for whiskers.

Mud Pi will need to judge for himself how much is being absorbed on the sloppy coat application and he may only need one or two, or, if the stock is already well soaked, none and go straight to the thin coats.

If you only use thin coats on a dry stock it will take forever, instead of almost forever, to get a good finish. It's a rather long process no matter what route you choose but it will make a really nice, GI finish that looks right on the rifle.

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My stock is the factory SA walnut and it appears to me as if the stock was shaped, sanded, stained and sent out the door. It doesn't look as if any sealant of any kind was applied. I may be wrong on this, but it is because of my assumption that I am going the BLO route. Plus, I like the way the BLO finish looks. It took me literally decades to purchase this rifle, I'm not going to ruin it by rushing the BLO application. We have an unused guest bathroom (3 bathrooms but only 2 butts live here) that will become my "stock curing" room so I can hang my stock to dry undisturbed.

I live in Texas where the humidity is so high that if you're thirsty, all you need to do is put a straw in your mouth and suck the moisture out of the air. Being I'm a transplanted Yankee, I'm always wet with sweat and I fear my cheek and handgrip will eventually ruin/stain my stock.

If this comes out well, I can see myself refinishing all of my Dad's surplus rifles, especially his beloved near-mint International Harvester M1 Garand.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 11:09 AM   #19
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Finishing a new stock is one thing but refinishing is another.

An dirty stock needs cleaning and an oil soaked stock needs to have the excess oil removed.

For cleaning an otherwise good stock I like half and half BLO and turpentine applied with a rough cloth and vigorously rubbed in and wiped off. A bit of pumice powder helps on a really filthy stock and a stiff toothbrush gets in the corners and cracks. This followed with thin coats of Gunny paste or oil may be all that's required. A really dry stock might need a sloppy coat but most don't. This has worked on my 1868 and 1884 Trapdoor Springfields, an '03 Springfield, Japanese rifle, an 1885 Austrian Chamois hunting rifle, and on several rifles belonging to friends.

A really sticky, oil soaked stock will require deep cleaning or you'll never get a satisfactory finish. There are several methods posted but I've never had to do one so I really can't comment on how to proceed.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 02:03 PM   #20
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I echo 13Echo. Yes, a little goes a long way but just put on thin coats and rub your stock out every time with an old ruff towel. 20-30+ coats over time turn a so-so stock into a work of art. Go to the stock forum here and see for your self. For waterproofing, other finishes are better but for a hand rubbed classic oil finish BLO is difficult to beat.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 10:35 AM   #21
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Well, today is the day. I started applying my BLO.

I took it kind of easy, I spread a nice coat on, not too thin, but by no means thick (I couldn't stomach the idea of "sloppy coat", so I may be at this awhile). I hand rubbed the oil into the wood with light/moderate pressure. I waited 20 minutes then returned, there was no pooling of oil and the stock seemed even in "wetness"; no really dry sections. Hopefully, that's a good thing. I re-rubbed the stock and hung to dry.

One coat and the grain is already coming to light.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #22
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That will work. May take a few more coats but maybe not. The important thing is to let each coat thoroughly harden before applying the next.

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Mud you're in Texas and I'm not sure how y'all weather is, but humidity is a big factor in drying time. If it feels sticky give it more time. You can burnish it with a scotch bright, I prefer thin coats and long curing times.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 08:38 PM   #24
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Mud you're in Texas and I'm not sure how y'all weather is, but humidity is a big factor in drying time. If it feels sticky give it more time. You can burnish it with a scotch bright, I prefer thin coats and long curing times.

My 2 cents.
I have it hanging on the shower rod in a spare bathroom we never use. The door is shut, lights off, A/C vent is open. House A/C is always set to 73*. Humidity here is insane.

Your 2 cents is much appreciated. I'm a builder of a few black powder rifles and pistols and have only used Tru-Oil on the stocks. This is my first foray into using BLO, I can use all the advice given.

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Old March 20th, 2017, 10:20 PM   #25
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2 coats.

I have a long way to go.

My wife saw me rubbing oil on the stock and commented, "I remember when you used to look at me like that and rub on me."

So I chased her with oil soaked hands. She said, "Nevermind !! Go back to rubbing your wood !". We both laughed and she said, "I wonder if the neighbors heard that ?".

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Old March 24th, 2017, 08:18 PM   #26
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6 coats.

Slight sheen to the wood, it's coming along, but now I understand when everyone says "it takes a while". I was telling a co-worker about it and he said, "You have the patience for that. I don't. I'd want something that I can spray on and in a couple of hours, I'm done. You enjoy doing that stuff. I bet it'll look great when you're done."

I hope. It definitely looks better than when I first unzipped the case, of that I know. And I really don't mind coming home from work and spend a little time rubbing in the oil, good way to unwind.

But I'll post no more "coat counts"... the next post will be a pic when it's complete.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 08:49 PM   #27
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Aw come on mudpie if you don't document your coat counts you will lose track of the numbers
Or at least that's what happens to me , every time
When you get it all dolled up please post that picture

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Old March 25th, 2017, 04:18 AM   #28
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Got 3 presentation grade walnuts in the shop now. Citristripped and in varying stages of BLO application. First couple of applications are 50/50 Blo and mineral spirits. I may even go a week or two between coats. Depends on how bored I get with other projects. Third from the right is about done. First two on right have had a couple of applications and are ready for the straight BLO. Rest of the stocks to the left are just spares.



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Old March 25th, 2017, 06:50 AM   #29
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And I'm griping about doing one stock...

My stock doesn't have any impressive grain or figuring, it's pretty plain, but I like the way it's coming out so far.

But like my Dad always told me, "It doesn't matter if the world thinks your wife is beautiful, only that you do.".

Good work on those stocks !!

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Old March 25th, 2017, 07:40 AM   #30
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MudPie,

It's a Battle Rifle. Plain is appropriate.

What it should have is good, solid, dense wood with proper grain through the wrist. Once finished it will look like it should.

Try going to Gunny paste after a few more coats. It really makes a nice finish.

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