Wood Stains and Gun Stocks

My taste is particular and not always agreed with. For me, the wood of a firearm should stand on its on. I place firearm craftsmanship equal to that of fine furniture and refuse to purposely compromise the natural color tones of their woods. Even sap wood found on some extra fancy specimens are part of the individuality of the piece and best displayed unaltered. I do not even like minor color changes finishing oils cause. This is an opinion of mine and why staining stocks, except for below, is not further mentioned within.

If you wish to stain, do it before the stock is sealed or after the stock is sealed deeply with only one very thin sealing coat. Do not stain after the stock is heavily sealed or the grain has been filled . Doing so can cause inconsistency in color tone since absorbtions of the stain will be limited by the sealing/filling oil. Apply stain evenly with a lightly stain soaked cloth. Do not paint or dab it on the wood as some parts of the wood may absorb more than others, thereby causing inconsistency in tone. The object is too keep the stain as shallow as possible and consistent in spread. Because wood stains are often very thin, much wood has to be removed in order to return the stock to its natural colors. Many stains are water based. Be sure to allow the stock to dissipate moisture before sealing and filling its grain, otherwise the moisture will be trapped within the stock and later cause grain to open under warm conditions.

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