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Sealing End of Stock

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by shootsome, Jun 29, 2010.

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  1. shootsome

    shootsome Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    What's the best stuff to use to seal the end of a stock so oil won't seep into the grain?
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Polyurethane. HMB
  3. kiv-c

    kiv-c Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Put the stock in your kitchen oven and set it to 100 degrees. While the stock is warming up, mix up a 50/50 solution of TruOil and Coleman stove fuel.

    After the stock is good & warm, take it out of the oven and start slopping on the solution. The warm wood will literally absorb the oil faster than you can put it on.

    When finished and no more will be absorbed, wife off excess and let dry a day or so. You'll find that the finish will have been absorbed nearly all the way through the stock!

    Also, if TruOil is the finish you plan to use, go ahead and use the sealer concoction on the whole stock. Makes for a great finish!
  4. semperfi909

    semperfi909 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2009
    I'm not sure I would use stove fuel for a thinner. There are any number of thinners on the market that are appropriate for varnish (like TruOil is) and any would prolly be a better choice. The rest of the suggestion is spot on.
  5. goatskin

    goatskin TS Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    A while ago, I researched exactly this topic pretty deeply with the aim of finding a way to weatherPROOF wood stocks for coastal waterfowl hunting.

    The short version is, if you are going to do it RIGHT, you need a "long oil" marine 'spar' (flexible) varnish AND the matching thinner that is formulated for that specific varnish. (sf909 is spot-on)

    The 'long oil' varnishes are designed to soak INTO the wood, and not be a top-coat. All varnishes will yellow, some, but many are yellower than others. If your lumber is light, that may be a consideration.

    After spending some time with Petitt's technicians - one of whom was a goose and seaduck shooter, and understood the problem - I settled on Pettit Z Spar Captain's EZ Care No. 1016, but lots of others will work the same.

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