gloss over satin finish

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Forum topic by stratiA posted 10-14-2009 04:23 PM 3106 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2009 04:23 PM

Hi everyone, sorry to post a newbie question but…....
I am refinishing a walnut shot gun stock. I applied a darker than original stain. Now comes the finishing. I think a satin finish would look really sharp. However a more glossy sheen is more appropriate for this gun dating back to the mid fifties. Well my question is; if I was to finish in satin and I did not like it would I have to strip once more and reapply a gloss or semi gloss. Or can I just apply a couple more layers over to achieve the more desired sheen? Also is a gloss finish any tougher than a satin? I am going to use Generals ARM a Seal. finish. Probably 8 to 10 coats. The gun by the way is a remington shotgun model 58 auto

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 04:32 PM

The last coat of finish will determine the visible sheen. So, if you change your mind and decide that a gloss finish is more appropriate than a satin finish simply apply a coat of gloss. But there is no difference in the hardness of the two. The difference comes from the addition of flattening agents. You can change a gloss finish to a satin simply by rubbing it out with steel wool.

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 05:07 PM

Scott said it all. If you are indecisive, you can change back and forth. :-)

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 06:36 PM

I agree with the above comments but I prefer a hand rubbed oil finish on my gun stocks. Check your sporting goods store for specifically made gunstock oil finish. It is easy to maintain and touch up and with patients you can build a shine on the surface if that is desired.

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 06:40 PM

Listen to Scott

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