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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-07-2015, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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BLO finish

I'm finishing up my latest rifle build with a walnut stock. I sealed the stock with boiled linseed oil, then filled the grain with black grain filler. And now I'm adding hand rubbed coats of BLO and then I may wax it to give a little extra protection. Any suggestions on how many coats of BLO to use? I have 7 or 8 coats on now, hand rubbed and allowed to dry a few days between coats. But at what point am I beating a dead horse and not really adding any more useful coats. I've heard of up to 20 coats, I can't imagine needing that many.Especially since I filled the grain.

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Re: BLO finish

If you hold the stock so you see the light reflecting off the finish and see small pits where the finish has sunken into a pore in the wood, you need another coat. Using a grain filler should certainly help reduce the number of coats. I have used Linspeed because it seems to fill the pores with fewer coats the plain BLO.
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Re: BLO finish

Thanks, I'll take a close look and see. Planning on a coat of wax for extra protection. That black grain filler made it look pretty nice...

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Re: BLO finish

Looks like a few small areas where I see some pits. I'll give her a few more coats, or I wonder if I could even carefully touch up these spots with some more grain filler.

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Re: BLO finish

I would not use filler after blo. Would probably cause funky spots in top finish
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Re: BLO finish

Does BLO harden into a permanent finish like a tung oil or does it wear off over time?
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Re: BLO finish

Any finish can wear. Blo takes longer to dry, but eventually dries and hardens like a resin. A friend had a book with various dry times for different oils and finishes. There was an oil that took over two years to dry. Standard linseed oil can take many months. Boiled often takes a week or more without an added dryer compound.
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