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Lightening A Walnut Stock

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Pete236, Jul 30, 2020 at 7:13 PM.

  1. Pete236

    Pete236 Big Poster

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    Evening all,


    I've been oiling my walnut stock with Slippery Dick's oil. It's darkened an awful lot, far more than I really wanted. But on the flip side, I've got a nice finish that I'm happy with - not too glossy but smooth and very tactile.

    I would really like to lighten it a little however, as a lot of the detail and grain has been lost - more fool me!

    Without resorting to aggressive sanding and basically starting all over again, is there a way to lighten the walnut just a little?

    Any info will be very gratefully received! (I should just stick to metal - it does what it's told!)

    Cheers,
    Pete.

    Before:
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  2. telephonepete

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    I much prefer after.
     
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    I’d say the oil has given a better contrast to your grain, the darker areas are darker and the light wood is richer, you’ve done a great job and it looks superb. In my opinion, the ‘after’ shot is far better and looks a couple of walnut grades better than the ‘before’ shot. Have you just finished it? It can take a while to get used to the new finish if you’ve lived with the old finish for a while.
     
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    Spanielx2 Engaging Member

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    Mate that looks awesome, as for lightening it i have no idea but i wouldn't anyway tbh
     
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    I don't think you can do much about it with oil alone. That looks like a normal walnut color that can be achieved with any oil. All you can do is soak out the oil, bleach the wood and maybe infuse plain BLO or another good oil with a light yellow color agent.

    I would leave it as it is though..
     
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    Looks really nice, leave as is and you’ve a very good chance it will lighten on it’s own.
     
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    I agree--leave it alone...:up:
     
  8. mikeyhall1

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    Pete you’ve done a lovely job and it looks amazing as is mate
     
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    AlistairS Bad case of Gunitis

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    Same here, after looks lush :thumb:
     
  10. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin BEAST OF BODMIN

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    Another vote for DONT TOUCH IT!!

    that ‘After’ pic is gorgeous... really top class walnut with a beautiful grain

    the ‘before’ pic looks like a basic beech stock to me ! o_O:)
     
  11. Chouchin66

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    That really looks good Pete ! I would leave a" job well done" as is
     
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    Yet another vote for the after result here Pete, if the photos represent the real look.

    Which oil did you use? I see he has 4 to choose from.
    Also, how many coats was it?

    Sorry I can't help you with your question, I've only ever taken lacquer off, but I'd be interested to find out too.
     
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    robs5230 Oversprung

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    I have to say I prefer it darker too.

    These are pretty high grade stocks made by Custom Stock and do tend to be on the dark side.
    The exact same stock was on my Elite. It darkened as soon as it saw the oil.

    Always worth a chat with Custom Stock to get their advice, but I reckon you wont get it any lighter unless you strip the whole finish back and start again
    elite.jpg
     
  14. wilneedy46

    wilneedy46 Lincs Yello' Belly

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    Gotta say that looks really nice as is.
     
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    Leave it darker mqte looks mint
     
  16. RedKen

    RedKen Me head's a shed.

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    moi aussi.
     
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    Hi folks,

    Well it looks like y'all prefer it to stay darker! I'll leave it be for a while then, and see how I feel. I hope that some sunshine will bleach it a little and get some of the subtle tiger stripes back.

    Thanks for all your input!
     
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    I like both colouring but would leave it as you have it now the grain looks very nice:thumb:
     
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    Evening all,

    I've been doing some thinking and some experimenting. I've oiled a offcut of walnut to about the same darkness as the stock. I've then cut it back a little and finished it off nicely, then slapped a few coats of Danish Oil on. It's pretty much given me the colour and grain texture that I've been aiming for. It's not a lot lighter, only a shade or two. But somehow the grain and the texture of the wood looks deeper and more rich. I'll post a pic tomorrow.

    So I reckon I'll gentley and carefully give the stock a good run down (the grain is also a bit too open still, so it could do with it anyway) and give it my usual Danish Oil treatment, and hopefully get the best of both worlds!
    I just need to stock up on wet and dry now!
     
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    Outstanding mate! Glad you found a solution that will make YOU happy, enjoy!

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