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Oiling checkered stock advice

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Hoodster, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Hoodster

    Hoodster Engaging Member

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    What do you do about the checkered parts of the stock when oiling ?
    All the stocks I see on utube are all plain, any links to vids previous threads or from your own knowledge would be very helpful.

    Thx Rick.
     
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    My only experience is with danish oil. If you're using that, it's important to bear in mind that any excess dries like a varnish, so wipe off anything not soaked in after 40 minutes max. Be particularly thorough with the chequering as if it dries there it will look horrible, and be a nightmare to get out.
     
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    First of all I clean mine with a toothbrush soaked in Iso-propyl alcohol every couple of months which gets rid of the accumulated dirt etc. I then use a separate toothbrush to apply a light coating of oil and let it soak in. Apart from a wipe after use with an oily rag, I do nothing else.
     
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    +1 for this answer, atb Paul.
     
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    The name Danish Oil is misleading, it's really a varnish. While there is some oil in it if you just paint it on it will be pretty similar to polyurethane or acrylic, albeit with a pleasant flat finish - my neighbour has used it on the entire exterior & interior of his new timber house...
    I've done a couple of stocks with it & an assortment of woodwork, if you rub in 2 or 3 very light coats with a cloth it's very good finish but still basically a varnish, & as noted it will easily build up in the chequering.

    Maybe a more traditional stock oil is what you want, Birch Wood Casey Tru Oil or similar?
     
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    To be quite honest I don't know which finish is right for me I have little experience with wood and this is the first stock I've refinished and I chose danish oil because it seems a popular choice.
     
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    I've chosen it in the past because I wanted a waterproof & stable finish, & done fairly quickly - I would recommend it myself.
    You can avoid clogging up the chequering by using a toothbrush to clean it out, & don't go near it with the wet & dry or you can flatten the diamonds.
    A lot of people swear by wire wool instead, & it does sound good, but I've never used it for wood finishing, I always use fine wet & dry - I consider 800 grit upwards to be fine.
     
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    I have just finished my walnut stock I did 3 coats of tung oil 50/50 with white spirit and wiped off any excess. And wire wooled inbetween coats then true oil 75/25,50/50,25/75 with white spirit again wipe off after 20 mins then just true oil 14 coats wire wool in between coats and leave for 24 hours between coats put on each coat very thin or it will run , tung oil brings out the grain and the tru oil seals it behind a glass like finish ps I steamed the stock first then sanded with 320-400-then 600 wet&dry then just used wire wool 0000 and a tack cloth to get all the bits off have fun.
     
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    try just the tung oil on the checker bits it is just oil and has no dryers or any mixes of varnish so it will just soak in to the wood but it takes longer to dry.
     
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    I refinished my old PH Phoenix Mk I recently and was a bit worried about the chequering. I just gave it a good scrub with isopropyl alcohol ("IPA") and an old toothbrush then left if well alone until I was happy with the rest of the stock. It then got another scrub with IPA and the tiniest brushing with stock oil - left for an hour then scrubbed out again with a dry brush. I repeated this 2 or 3 times over several days and ended up with nice crisp chequering without any clogging.
     
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    Some lovely grain there Stokie but it's a bit shiny for my taste - I like a nice soft sheen rather than the high gloss look, but it would be a pretty boring world if we all liked exactly the same things :up:
     
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    Here's a handy video of some Russian or similar bloke using Danish Oil on a gun stock, apart from 'Rustin's Danish Oil' on the can I don't understand a word of it, but you will get the idea & can see what the finish is like

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FTxVs7_67g

    One thing, it will enhance the woodgrain if there's one to enhance, but I was just tarting up a couple of old BSA Beechwood items which were very pale & plain & I had to use a wood stain to get a bit of life out of them.
     
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    hi mate its only been done for 4 days now and I am undecided on the finish myself it will dull down with use or put on birchwood casy stock sheen conditioner that will sheen it to a silk finish but I don't want to rush into it then regret it and start all over again .
     
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    Thanks for all the advice guys I feel confident enough to go ahead now :)
    Just got to make up my mind about colour I was all set on ebony but not fully sure if I will like the end result :facepalm:
     
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    That is a stunning piece of wood and I think the shiny finish suites that wood really well like the stocks on high end shotguns.
     
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    I'd say with beech, pick the woodstain you want then try to get 2 shades darker.
     
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    this will probably sound bonkers but I have used ballistol and brichwood casey tru oil(gun stock finish) and don't like either . ballistol just soaks in and the stock looks dry again after a few days and tru oil leaves a sticky residue . I really don't like shiny varnished look so know I use what I allways used to ues 25 yrs ago ..... 3 in1 oil general pruspose oil !! now the stock looks great and refreshed , not dry and no sticky varnish residue but with a subtle sheen and I would say a lot more water resistant.. the only thing is it can polish up to a mirror smooth shine where you hands contact the pistol grip area over time , but I like that too :)
    atb , rich .
     

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