Do i need to wax?

Texasflyer

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So i wanted a little adjustability on my varmit rifle. I love wood stocks and figured a boyds at one walnut stock would be a decent way to go. The fit of the action was perfect, no inletting needed. My bitch is that it looked like walmart furniture as far as the finish is concerned. Runs and shit brown stain, all kinds of trash in it. So i cant take it and about an hour after getting it im sanding it down. This is a really pretty peice of wood. My major bitch is that you can buy their other stocks with a length of pull choice and unfinished. But the at one has no lenth of pull options and even though its adjustable is only 1/4" shorter than my original stock, and you can only get it finished. So i paid 50 bucks or so more for extra work and still have to wait a month for truoil to cure anyways. I will say that the shape of it was super rough and it needed the sanding to help shape it anyways. I just ordered some birchwood casey high luster gun stock wax, but was thinking of just using bees wax from a toilet ring. Does anybody wax their guns? What do you use?
 
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Mike Casselton

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    So i wanted a little adjustability on my varmit rifle. I love wood stocks and figured a boyds at one walnut stock would be a decent way to go. The fit of the action was perfect, no inletting needed. My bitch is that it looked like walmart furniture as far as the finish is concerned. Runs and shit brown stain, all kinds of trash in it. So i cant take it and about an hour after getting it im sanding it down. This is a really pretty peice of wood. My major bitch is that you can buy their other stocks with a length of pull choice and unfinished. But the at one has no lenth of pull options and even though its adjustable is only 1/4" shorter than my original stock, and you can only get it finished. So i paid 50 bucks or so more for extra work and still have to wait a month for truoil to cure anyways. I will say that the shape of it was super rough and it needed the sanding to help shape it anyways. I just ordered some birchwood casey high luster gun stock wax, but was thinking of just using bees wax from a toilet ring. Does anybody wax their guns? What do you use?

    If you're gonna use a toilet ring for your wax, make sure it's a new ring...
    😂😂
     

    acudaowner

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    if you wanna be the manolantern then who am I to stop you . A complete video of your waxing experience would be funny to see , and while I can't promise not to laugh other wise yes you should totally try it .

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    good luck and god bless you .
     

    AllenOne1

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    It depends on what you want it to look like when you're done and how much protection you need for the wood. Walnut has open pores so if you want it real smooth you will need to fill the pores. A Danish Oil finish is very simple just wipe it on let it set for a few minutes and wipe it off, let it dry and repeat. This offers some protection for the wood as it has a varnish resin in it. Wax will offer almost no protect from anything. If you want a super smooth shiny finish you will need to fill the pores and then use an oil base varnish or poly top coat. That also probably offers the most protection too.
     

    pmclaine

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    Paging @pmclaine...

    He is expert. I believe he'll tell you cold-pressed linseed oil though... Not that boiled crap.


    I love the pure tung oil and cold pressed linseed oil.

    But.....

    It's kind of puritan.

    @Bigfatcock suggested an oil in my "Do I need a shotgun thread" that looks like it would build a deep surface.

    @Bigfatcock is the resident expert on handling wood.
     

    The D

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    It took you an hour to determine that your nice wood needs to be waxed?

    ...sorry, I’m 10. I’ll find my own way out now
     
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    armorpl8chikn

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    Wax ring for a toilet?
    Geezus, just get some beeswax.
    Pretty sure its got other pooprietary ingredients besides beeswax. It may be great for bullet lube, but its sticky as shit.
     

    Maxduty

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    I sanded my ADL stock to bare wood and used minwax stain and a matte poly to finish it. I think it came out pretty good, but it's what I was looking for in the first place.
     

    MarshallDodge

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    So i wanted a little adjustability on my varmit rifle. I love wood stocks and figured a boyds at one walnut stock would be a decent way to go. The fit of the action was perfect, no inletting needed. My bitch is that it looked like walmart furniture as far as the finish is concerned. Runs and shit brown stain, all kinds of trash in it. So i cant take it and about an hour after getting it im sanding it down. This is a really pretty peice of wood. My major bitch is that you can buy their other stocks with a length of pull choice and unfinished. But the at one has no lenth of pull options and even though its adjustable is only 1/4" shorter than my original stock, and you can only get it finished. So i paid 50 bucks or so more for extra work and still have to wait a month for truoil to cure anyways. I will say that the shape of it was super rough and it needed the sanding to help shape it anyways. I just ordered some birchwood casey high luster gun stock wax, but was thinking of just using bees wax from a toilet ring. Does anybody wax their guns? What do you use?
    I would like to see pics of the finished product when you are done.
     
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    Texasflyer

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    Wax ring for a toilet?
    Geezus, just get some beeswax.
    Pretty sure its got other pooprietary ingredients besides beeswax. It may be great for bullet lube, but its sticky as shit.
    I mean it states right on the box thats its bees wax. Im gonna try the birchwood casey stock wax i ordered. I agree though it is sticky and paste like, probably make the stock feel like ya peeled an old sticker off of it everywhere
     

    pmclaine

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    Im not of fan of waxing it.

    If you oil, than want to re-oil you will have to wax off first.

    The oil won't penetrate as well otherwise.

    If I have oil on my stick it gets oiled hand love only, nothing else.

    I will exchange the two I use, often using my tung over linseed but that's all that ever gets used.

    My guns are utilitarian in nature.

    Some have gained "shine" from a lot of self handling but flat finish and parkerizing is my taste.
     

    diggler1833

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    I use linseed oil as well. Might take a bit the first pass after sanding (do not blow the dust off the stock, it fills micro holes). The bummer is that you have to let it dry between applications with your fingers. I usually do stock work in the summer as putting one out in the sun helps to speed the process...just be aware of the weather. If you go too heavy on linseed that shit will take a week to dry too.

    After your 3rd or 4th application, you'll really only need a half dozen drops of the linseed oil to completely coat the stock. 7-8 coats will get you a very nice high gloss finish. Give it a few days to dry in a good climate controlled area, and then I'll apply a coat of Renaissance Wax.

    This process is much more about the journey than it is the destination. I love it as a passion, but wouldn't want to try to do it for a living.
     

    Texasflyer

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    Here are some pics after steel bedding and second coat. Probably needs about 4 more coats. I also ordered an arca rail for it, and removed the plastic junk looking spacer in between the stock and buttpad, and put in flush bushings for the buttpad sliders.
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    Texasflyer

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    You can see i rounded and smoothed out alot of the angular look of the stock. Im pretty happy with how its turning out. All work is done by hand, no power tools allowed except the drill press to install the bedded pillars.
     

    Joel Danielson

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    I use tru oil, im just wondering if there is a wax that i can polish it with and aid in water repellent also
    I use this for stocks that I have refinished, furniture that needs some bling and bowls or other objects I turn on a lathe.
    Cheers
     
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