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ok seriously concidering redoing a older firearm i have and have redone numerous with tru-oil but i want 1 with a dull flat finish but all the research i have been done all are wanting the glossy finish

what do i use to get that appearance ?
 

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Use semi-gloss tung oil and apply by wet sanding it into the stock, wipe off with a clean cloth and repeat the next day. Do this about ten times and it will give a waterproof matte appearance.

 

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Racin41 said:
ok seriously concidering redoing a older firearm i have and have redone numerous with tru-oil but i want 1 with a dull flat finish but all the research i have been done all are wanting the glossy finish

what do i use to get that appearance ?
You can soften the gloss of a Tru Oil finish by rubbing lightly with 0000 steel wool between coats and also after the final coat. If you want it more matte than that then do as the others suggested and use tung oil.
 

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i thought of that also ,kinda like wet sanding before the buffing process but skip the final part
 

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You can have a high gloss on the wood finish like tru-oil and others. Or you can have an in the wood very soft sheen by a hand rubbed process with something like modified tung oil. The on top of the wood finish offers more protection from abrasion because it actually creates a raised protective finish. The disadvantage is if you do get damage it is difficult to blend it with a spot repair.

An in the wood finish gives what most people call a fine or rich or hand rubbed finish. It provides excellent moisture protection but less abrasion resistance as the wood is exposed. The advantage is that spot repairs can be made invisible without a total refinish because the finish comes from within the wood.

For the hand rubbed finish I mix 2 parts mineral spirits to 1 part tung oil, mix a very small amount at a time, no more than a teaspoon of each part. The mineral spirits allows deep penetration for maximum sealing and it cuts the gloss finish. Dip the sandpaper in the mix and wet sand. The sanding will create a wet slurry of its own wood, do not wipe it off or if you do, do it extremely lightly. You want the slurry to dry in the wood pores as a filler for at least 24-48 hours. Do this in sections of the gun until the pores are filled according to your desires from the wood slurry. With many coats you can make it look like a piece of the finest furniture. Totally smooth, grain enhanced, almost no glare.

Both methods have advantages. The wet slurry method will take more than a week because you need to allow the slurry to fully cure or you will be removing it again with each wet sanding.

Here is hand rubbed as above:


Here is tru-oil on the surface:
 

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griz i love that hand rubbed finish ,OMG thats is pretty and thats the look i am going for
but by the sounds of it , it will have to wait till end of season for the stock i decided to do this with is the stock on the 35rem i just got from moosehunter

i was watching a youtube video on the exact process you described in the wet sanding with the tungoil but said nothing about the mineral spirits
 
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