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 Post subject: adding lustre to Spanish Shotgun wood- recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:07 pm 
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Hello Everyone,

I just picked up an IRU SxS shotgun that makes me happy. It has nice wood, with a bare wooden butt, that is obviously intended to be that way: considering how it is rounded and engraved on it. I think it was a 1970s gun, but am not sure.

I assume the checkered wooden butt is fine, as long as I don't shoot it heavily [ouch!- but I have others with pads for 25-100 rounds a day].

What I wanted to know is what recommendations you have to bring out the lustre in the wood?

The wood is a nice dark oil finish, and it doesn't have any noticeable flaws in the finish. I don't believe it needs to be stripped and refinished [unlike some other guns I have].

What I would like to do is to hand rub oil into it to make it 'pop' more, as I am sure it was intended to.

Yet, I don't know much about woods on shotguns. I am more familiar with Tru-Oil than tung oil for firearms.

I grew up working in dads' woodworking factory [myrtlewood: Oregon coast], so I know a bit about wood. There it was BLO and some other stuff we added for filler.

Would I be safe using a spot of tung oil to go over the stock and forearm to 'freshen' the look up?

I don't want it glossy, as that is not what it was originally. I just want to take good care of it.

Thanks in advance for all insight.

 Post subject: Re: adding lustre to Spanish Shotgun wood- recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:11 pm 
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Location: Harrison, Ark.
Hi, and congrats on your new gun...
"Touching up" the finish on your stock will depend entirely on the finish that's currently on the wood. If it's an oil finish, I would heartily recommend rubbing a little tung oil in it. But, if it's a polyurethane-style finish, the oil would just sit on top, and never dry.
Granted, a full strip-sand-seal-finish job is going to involve a lot more work - but it's the only way I'm aware of, to guarantee you'll get the look that you, yourself, want to see.

You could try waxing it, first. A couple of applications of something like Ren-Wax might bring it back to what you're after.

Or, if you're able to determine that it IS a poly/varnish type finish, there are aeresols available that might do the job for you.

One thing for certain - if you do try touching it up, and the finish fails to dry (or fails in some other fashion), you can always resort to a full-blown refinishing job. For low-luster, just my opinion, I prefer Homer Formby's low-luster tung oil, opposed to BLO.

Good luck,

 Post subject: Re: adding lustre to Spanish Shotgun wood- recommendations?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:00 pm 
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Brownells original stock rubbing compound will knock back a gloss finish to a more satin appearance. FWIW, Brownells Three F and their Five F compounds will bring a spar varnish or polyurethane up to a very high gloss. Five F can also remove scratches on Plexiglas lenses.


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