I have been thinking about using walnut oil on one of my gun stocks is the walnut oil that you see in the supermarkets ok to use,many thanks for any info, cheers
Try linseed oil it really does bring the colours of the wood out
Jamie Oliver thinks highly of it.
As long as it's pure walnut oil it'll be fine. Just don't expect a high gloss finish.
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As Sam says, get a good quality (clean) Walnut Oil at the healthfood shop or similar & use that - a lot cheaper than the offerings in gunshops.
It does take a while to dry into the wood but if nothing else it does help to waterproof your stock. I always remove the action & give the receiver channel at least 3 coatings as this is where water ingress could cause probs with warping/swelling. (+ the woodgrain 'in there' tends to more open or unfinished).
American Walnut seems to benefit the most as it can be a bit grey & lifeless (& dry ).
cheers sam and ian for the advice
Have a surf of the web first - most edible oils putrify - ie rot, not what you want on you stock.
The oil is absorbed into the wood where it does its good work .
Leave a bottle of Walnut Oil sitting out in warmth & sunlight for a few months and it will degrade & become waxy & very yellow (in the bottle).
I use it on my HW stock and it helps bring a 'richness' to the stock, once dry I will be finishing of with a few coats of CCL Conditioning Oil.
The stuff I have is Sainsburys Walnut Oil.
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I usually do some polishing between coats of oil then put some sort of sealant on as a final finish (like you). Anyone noticed how good a centuries old lump of Walnut looks as a result of many layers of beeswax?
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Oh dear!, sorry to hear that
(nice old buffer though)
There's a slight sticky coating left between applications, I find.
What you need there (to buff that out/in) is Long Staple Cotton or bits of an old pure cotton shirt. If you want to go Hi-Tek, cut your old shirt into long strips & twist them into plaits.
All this is only to waterproof & to bring out the wood grain , nothing to do with Hi-Gloss (or 'Frenchi-Finish' - as its known in the trade).
Last edited by Ian Johnstone; 17-05-2009 at 07:07 PM. Reason: Egyptian cotton is best !