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When Is It Worth It?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Herbie87, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. TR158

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    Look forward to the results Craig

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    Must have lots of pics mind:up:
     
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    Thanks mate. It’s something every body should give a go. With 0000 wire wool there’s very little damage you can do and it’s so rewarding when you see the stock being transformed
     
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    I'll try to remember to take some progress snaps as I'm going along :)
    This is very reassuring :laff:
     
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    Never done a gunstock but my other major hobby/pastime is Woodturning and woodwork generally.
    I make jewellery boxes and all sorts of small furniture just for fun. There are a good deal of misnomers given and assumed about finishing oils. There is some truth in a good deal of what has been offered.
    Most oils are mixtures of a number of other items, usually cheaper oils with added modifiers and driers. Boiled linseed oil often referred to as BLO is often the base for many of these concoctions, and is a very good oil to use on its own. It’s cheap as chips and readily available, can be reapplied when required pretty much without drama.

    Just ensure whatever oil you use is wiped off after leaving it on the surface for a short while or it will soon leave a gummy unpleasant finish. I would personally avoid oils known as “Danish Oil”.
    Every maker has their own recipe, some tung oil base some BLO based, many a mixture of other oils. They all contain driers and modifiers. I know lots of people like both Tung oil and Danish oil, but I think there are better products offering more protection.
    The most protective oil finish I have come across is a hard wax oil called Osmo Poly X. Very easy to apply with a cloth, kind to your hands and when cured fully after a week or two has outstanding protection against moisture and heat and can be easily repaired. The trick is the same as the other oils in that it must be rubbed in very very thinly. It’s dry after a few hours, I usually leave it over night to be honest but it doesn’t need that long. Four or five Coats de Knibbing between the coats should leave you with a bomb proof finish that doesn’t look like it’s got anything on it, it is very clear.
    Takes a week or two to totally cure, not dry you understand, it dries in an hour or two but the magical curing takes longer. The down side, there is always one, is that it is a bit expensive. Comes in a litre tin and if you are only doing gunstocks, will last you several lifetimes. Just my two pennyworth for what it’s worth, but BLO works really well and is very cheap.
     
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  6. Gary Jones

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    @Herbie87 that's a vice nice stock to begin with mate so I imagine it'll only get better. :up:

    @wsnaith what is CCL mate?
     
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    There you go Gary

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    Wofty 'This is the way'

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    I've heard of Osmo but never seen it on a shelf.
    Let's be honest, any BLO oil is traditional in the sense it's been around forever and was all craftsmen had pre synthetic.
    BLO on its own is pretty rubbish for weatherproofing. It needs wax but is still not as good as a modern alternative.
    It's undeniable though that the physical act of oiling a stock is a pleasure indeed.
    Not to mention the magic that unfurls as the oil penetrates and reveals any hidden magic.
     
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    Well I figured I'd first try out the stock oiling on a gun that I'm trying to sell (100T), before giving it a go on the KS. Its a shame that I didn't get a pic directly before rubbing down and re-oiling so I've had to post a pic of a snap I'd taken the other day, in order to do a before and after -

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    I'm quite amazed at the difference after just the one coat of oil. The stock was very flat beforehand in all honesty so I guess it was always going to give me some positive results. But it definitely gives me some confidence to have a go with my Carbine.
     
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    Looks fantastic mate:up:
     
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    OK, so I'm two coats in on my 100KS stock and it's coming along great. Interestingly the stock has an almost holographic look under a light. I've tried to picture it but it doesn't really show up. Is there a method that I can use to amplify this effect as it looks really nice?

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    Just keep doing what you’re doing. I know what you mean. It’s hard to capture the effect you’re describing on camera but it looks amazing in the flesh;)
     
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    Well, after a the best part of 8 coats of CCL I figured I'd post an update. I seem to buy and sell all the time but this little sporter stock has come up a treat and will be one I'll probably keep. Thanks for all of the help and input. There really is a wealth of knowledge at our disposal on here :) I really need to get some pics in daylight but figured I'd try to take some like for like -

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    That looks absolutely stunning. Well done that man:up:
     
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    Thank you! I'm certainly happy with the result. I just need to make sure I follow the old saying with oiling a stock: Once a night for a week, then once a week for a month and then once a month for a year
     
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    Cracking :up:
    Bet your glad you did it...
     
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    Absolutely, I'll keep going with it too. Thanks for giving me the nudge :D
     

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