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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2015, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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To stain, or not to stain...

I'm about to finish the stock on my latest creation. It's a walnut stock and I'd like it to be a darker color when finished. I'm using tru-oil but I'm not sure if I need to stain it first, or will the tru-oil darken it up some.... When I wet it for finish sanding the water made it look like it has an almost reddish color to it, which I don't like. Anybody have any experience with tru-oil on walnut and what it may turn out like unstained...??

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2015, 05:51 AM
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Re: To stain, or not to stain...

test in the barrel channel until you get what you want.

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Re: To stain, or not to stain...

Wood in general will darken with age with an oil finish. If you don't like the color when wet with water then I would suggest a Minwax oil stain and do like Bruin suggest. Minwax is a bit forgiving and does not blotch up as some water base or other brands of oil base finishes. Make sure the wood is raw with no other finish on it and is completely dry.Wipe on then let sit for a minute or two then wipe off. Apply more if you want it darker. After staing then you can apply oil finish top coat

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Re: To stain, or not to stain...

I was in the same boat last winter with a shotgun I did. But I didn't want it too dark. I used the Birchwood stain because it is water based, and can be diluted. I cut the stain 4:1(or better), gave me the result I was looking for. Even if you go this route and don't get what you're looking for you can apply additional coats until you get the desired results.

Personally, I like this way. I'd rather build up to what I want then have the potential of putting something on that is way too dark.

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Re: To stain, or not to stain...

I just ordered some black grain filler from Chambers. I read that walnut looks really nice with the grain in black, then an oil finish. I'll test it on some scrap wood first but I think this may look nice.... But I'd like to keep the gun more authentic looking for the period... Also just inlayed a hunters star in the cheek piece. Getting that engraved with my initials and 2015...

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