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stock refinishing

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by bolo2, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. bolo2

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    I was planning on refinishing a stock with birchwood casey stock kit but have been read on the net that when refinishing a stock you should use pre stain otherwise the stain goes blotchy and just wanted opinions on it before I start restaining and if it should be used were I can get it thanks
     
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    I've refinished a few stocks, read loads about it - and I've never heard of "pre stain". An oil-based stain may lift out giving a patchy finish unless it's allowed to dry VERY thoroughly before you start to apply the stock oil.

    What's the stock made of? Walnut's a lot easier to work with, but if you're patient and careful you can get a lovely oil finish on beech (although some people would say otherwise).
     
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    The Birchfield Casey stains work fine, give it a couple of coats to get the colour depth you require then allow it to dry thoroughly before giving it another rub down, the grain will rise a little due to the water based stain.

    Be careful if finishing with Tru-Oil, it has to be applied very carefully and rubbed lightly between coats, it must be cleaned thoroughly between coats with care taken not to rub it through to the wood again - very easily done!

    It will leave a high gloss finish, personally I didn't like it and just walnut oiled over the stain. (top stock in picture)
     

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    I did a beech stock I found on ebay couple of weeks ago, stripped, 001.jpg then used Colron indian oak wood dye
    004.jpg I then used ccl oil, letting each coat dry thouroughly, at least 24 hours. then finished with couple of coats of tru oil, again drying out between coats. As Stevo says, very light coats. It's time consuming but worth it in the end. 001.jpg I was after something darker than normal Beech colours, and I think the African oak is a little different. Thanks for looking and hope you get sorted. :up: Alan.
     
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    Love the grain on top stock Stevo, very nice.
     
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    Thanks mate, was admiring your stock too, love that colour stain! :up:
     
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    I'm going to do this on a s200 I think as not a fan of beech but that looks stunning, I tried it on an xocet with walnut stain but that looked shizz, waste of days of wet and dry :(
    Thanks for sharing
     
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    Already posted this a couple of times so sorry if anyone's bored of seeing it, but there seems to be quite a lot of threads on finishing beech stocks recently. Here's my recently finished Superstar. Beech stock, Indian rosewood stain, Danish oil finish.
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    Dammit!!! I was going to do that, but I choose walnut stain and it looked crap.
    Thanks for sharing too, it a stain or a stain/varnish that people are using?
     
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    Using a "dye" rather than a "stain" gives a much more uniform covering, and is quicker and easier to apply:)[​IMG]
     
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    That's interesting, what do you finish off with after the Dye application?
    Dag
     
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    Mine was a dye. Didn't know they were better than stains to be honest but I had a whole selection of colours from previous projects. Funny enough my last one was walnut. Came up beautifully, though to be fair I added a splash of dark oak as the walnut was a little light. Was that the issue on yours?, or just didn't stain evenly?
     
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    [​IMG] I got one of these CCL gun stock oil kits. I heard it was better than tru- oil, but all down to application I think.
     
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    Thanks for the replys everyone hopefully get it done this weekend
     
  15. SteveO

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    Really nice!

    I prefer the stocks on my guns to be tactical for use in the field but I have either beech or walnut spares that I like to keep nice, When I have the time I plan to build a nice presentation rack to mount the guns on the wall in their splendid wooden overcoats. when not in use regularly.

    I really like the finish you've achieved with this gun, I have a nice beech stock ready prepared for my Ultra and will attempt to recreate the look of your gun!

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Look at one of my past threads. I restored a stock from scratch for the first time. I used a bnq walnut stain for it. Perfect colour.
     
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    Perfect timing this thread. Ive used Truoil in the past and if you want a deep high gloss finish like glass its perfect. Only trouble is it would not stand up to heavy use or in the field. So now I have a Meteor I want for regular use which Im restoring. Thoughts so far are Birchwood Casey walnut stain as i have some spare followed by a polyurethane or acrylic satin varnish (dont want high gloss). Another option Ive read about but not seen any guidance on application is an oiled finish (dont know what sort of oil) but only 2 or 3 coats followed up with bees wax. Any one tried either of those?
     
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    I returned an old bsa meteor stock I used a gel stain and danish oil the gel stain was easy to use and gave a nice evening colour
     

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    Very nice mate, looks rich in colour
     
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    I used Birchwood Casey stuff on the stovks of my HW80 and HW97:

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    Again, sorry for the repeat posting - they've been around a bit!

    I think that the B and C stuff works pretty well, especially if you're after a one-stop refinish. I've also done the stock of an old Webley and Scott .410, for which I used Liberon oak stain and then a single coat of finishing oil, which looked pretty good.
     

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