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oiling a stock

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jw74, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. jw74

    jw74 Posting Addict

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    I'm just after a bit of info on the above.I have a hw97 in beach and I know its not posh walnut or anything,but I'd like to sand it and oil it as I prefer the oiled finish to the shiny laquer that's on it.the threads I have seen In the past have seemed to be a lo g process. As I use my rifle a good few times a week I dont want to take forever to do it,but I also don't want to ruin it.is there a relatively easy way to go about it? And how fine a paper do I need? And what's the best type of oil? Thanks in advance for any tips.cheers jw
     
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    Beech is a pretty pale wood when it been stripped, you might want to consider staining it before you oil it.
    I've never actually oiled an entire stock from scratch, just done a bit of touch up work on shotguns. On airguns I use danish Oil, which is really a varnish but does give a nicely matt utility finish.

    I wouldn't go harsher than 600 grit & prefer wet & dry, though for a thick coat of laquer I'd probably go down a couple of grades to get the bulk off. I stick it to a flat piece of wood about 150x50x6mm with Evo Stick to make a sanding block to avoid rounding off the sharper edges, then progressively work through the grades until it's a nicely polished bit of bare wood, finishing it with about a 1000 grit - I use it wet at first then dry for the last couple of sands.

    You can get varnish remover but the stuff I used to use, Nitromors, has been reformulated & hear it's rubbish now, but if you can get hold of an old can with Methylene Chloride in you will save yourself a lot of time.
     
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    There isn't really a quick way. Loads of people on here have loads more experience than me, but I've done two, and found it pretty painless, I did a little bit each night over a couple of weeks, but your gun is out of use during the process really.

    Worst bit is getting the varnish off. It's really tough. I used nitromors, probably 4 or 5 coats, with a toothbrush into the chequering, and a Stanley knife blade to scrape off the softened varnish also.

    Then you sand. Don't start too coarse. Think I did maybe 120 grit, then work down all the way as far as you can be bothered. I think I stopped at 1500 grit, wet and dry, used wet to raise the fibres. Tape over any chequering to avoid damage.

    At at that point you have a very dull looking, typically featureless piece of wood which is why beech stocks have a coloured varnish applied. No reason that you can't just oil it, and I've seen a couple done. On both of mine I stained them first, the last one, a very nice dark Indian rosewood. This also brings out any features that may be there, less visible in the pale timber.

    Then an you can oil. Tru coil and CCL conditioning oil are two that I have read great things about. Personally i used danish oil, which I believe is a combination of tung oil, and other stuff, and actually sets like a varnish. Use it sparingly, and wipe off any excess or it dries a glossy uneven mess. I did seven coats over seven days and was happy with the end result.

    You could spend 100 times longer than I did I'm sure, but I think it worked well, and was happy with the end result. Short of leaving it as it is, I can't think of any shorter way if you want a natural finish. Alternatively you could paint, vinyl, or dip it?
     
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    Nice one,thanks for the replies.the stock is as new so if the wood is very pale I'd have to stain it etc.I think it'll be better to wait until it needs it.thanks again.jw
     
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    Just a thought, but the easy way to avoid the gun being out of use is to keep an eye on the classifieds and eBay for a knocked about stock, or even a walnut one. You can then refinish that at your leisure and swap it over when done.

    Anyway, found my refurb thread. It's not a 'how-to' but will give you an idea of what you can do to change the original finish.

    http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums/showthread.php/174269-BSA-Superstar-restoration

    ATB
     
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    Good idea! I don't know if there is a walnut version unless a custom job,but I will be having look.I love the job you've done on yours.thanks for the tips its much appreciated. Atb jw
     
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    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    I sanded, stained and oiled some 77 stocks in the past. (I'll try and attach a pic).........

    Nope, ain't got one. I posted a build thread in vintage a year or so ago though.:eek:
     

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