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04-08-2012 03:15 AM

I just started making pistol grips, and was wondering what the best finish for them would be? Basically, I want them to be glossy, tough, and resist dirt and grime that may come into contact with them. Would Tung oil be good for this, or should I stick to lacquer or poly? Is there something else that works well?

Thanks

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 12:11 PM

I think laquer scuffs too easily, and before long you would probably have scratches and chips all over. Poly would be the most durable, but it gives that plastic shine that I don’t really like on a gun, but that is up to you. I refinished a black walnut rifle stock, with linseed oil. It still looks good thirty years later. I haven’t tried tung oil, so I don’t know , but it would probably work pretty well.

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 12:57 PM

I’d use polyurethane, because you are sure to get oil and solvent on them, and cured poly is tough stough.

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 04:39 PM

Something that works great, but you seldom ever hear about … use a vacuum chamber hooked up to a vacuum pump to pull the finish deep into the pores of the wood … leave ;em in for a few days then let them cure for a few weeks before buffing & polishing … works GREAT on small pieces like this.

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 05:40 PM

I don’t have anything I could uses as a vacuum chamber, but I will remember that, and try it in the future. Thanks.

I tried (spray) poly before I tried lacquer, but it would not dry. The wood is Desert Ironwood Burl. Is that normal? Would sealing the wood with shellac work?

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 06:34 PM

Use CA glue it makes a great finish and wears like iron.

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 07:13 PM

Lin-Speed Gunstock Oil

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 08:43 PM

I carve gunstocks all the time and start my finish with pure tung oil cut 50% with mineral spirits. After sever coats wet sanded into the wood with extra fine stainless steel wool, I mix 50% exterior spar varnish with the 50-50 mixture of tung oil and apply thin coats with steel wool, wipe dry after 5 minutes of rubbing and wait 24 hours for the next coat. Ironwood will polish hard enough without any finish, but I like the way a hand rubbed oil finish looks. A Lin-Speed finish looks the same, it just costs a lot more per oz to buy. If the finish ever gets scratched up, just a quick sanding and rub in a few coats of your varnish, tung oil mixture and it looks great again. Watco Danish oil finish is about the same as the mixture I use. You can pick up a can at Lowes or Home Depot. Linseed oil never dries to a hard finish, so I avoid it.

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#8 posted 04-08-2012 10:16 PM

@ bake—- I’m about out of CA glue, so that won’t be possible right now, thanks though. What kind do you use? Thin, med, or thick? Also, do you mix it with something like linseed oil, or just use pure CA?

@ Clint—- I’ll have to look into the lin-speed. Thanks.

@ Hal—- Thanks for the advice. Do you use 000 or 0000 Steel Wool? Also, how glossy does that come out?

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#9 posted 04-09-2012 02:32 AM

Ok, I tried the (minwax spray) poly finish earlier (over shellac) and it is still wet (sort of). It has been about 6-8 hours since I put it one, and it’s still really soft. It’s slightly tacky, but not really wet. Just really soft. What should I do? Should I just leave it and see if it dries, or should I do something else?

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#10 posted 04-09-2012 03:16 PM

I use the thick CA. Don’t mix it with anything use several thin even coats then sand with 1200-12000 grit.
it will give a high polish.

Hals finish is real nice use 0000 and it will come out a beautiful satin.

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#11 posted 04-09-2012 03:25 PM

You might give TruOil a shot (ha. get it? shot?.. boo) Anyway, it’s a gunstock finish. It looks great and dries fairly quickly for more coats.

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#12 posted 04-09-2012 03:56 PM

Type in “gun stock oil” or “gun stock finishing” into Google and you will find a whole slew of products to use.

I’d stick to something that acts more like an oil (penetrating) than a film (sitting on top of).

If the finish starts coming off, they’re either going to have to send in the grips/stock (we call wood on a gun furniture) or buy a new one. That also means they are less likely to buy another set from you.

I like my “furniture” to look as flat or matte as possible. Personal preference.

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#13 posted 04-11-2012 02:17 AM

Thanks for the advice everyone. I founds something that works. Water based poly. Any advice on how to get the last coat to turn out smooth, and polished?

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#14 posted 04-11-2012 03:05 AM

I would say use wipe-on poly, but I’m not sure if it’ll be compatible with whatever type of water-based poly you’re using. It could be; I just don’t know for sure.

Load up an old T-shirt with the stuff and wipe it on. Make the shirt (or whatever you use) is lint-free and that you sanded your previous coats down with at least 600 grit (for the final coat to go on smooth).

Lots of thin coats that are properly prepped between each coat goes a long ways to a great finish.

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#15 posted 04-11-2012 04:37 AM

I’ve been brushing it on, with a 800 grit sanding between each coat, but I’ll start wiping it one and see how it turns out.

Thanks

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