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Thinning Tru Oil....

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by mikepacific60, Oct 24, 2009.

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  1. mikepacific60

    mikepacific60 Member

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    Hello to all

    Can anybody recommend a good thinner to mix with Tru Oil?

    I don’t intend to use this as a stock finish – I only want a thin coating (with maximum penetration) to seal inside the foreend – especially under the foreend iron. I was thinking of mixing 50 / 50 Tru Oil & Gum Turpentine. Any better suggestions? Thanks Mike
     
  2. Tron

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    Mineral Spirits
     
  3. Gatguy

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    I thin it with Ronson's lighter fluid, it even helps it dry faster.
    Dick
     
  4. phirel

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    Don't thin it. You are putting the finish on raw wood. It will soak in quickly. True Oil will require a few coats over raw wood to give adequate protection. A small can of polyurethane would do the job with one coat.

    Pat Ireland
     
  5. Taxidermy

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    Factory said thin with unsented mineral spirits, they use it in airasoil cans, mixture 50/50. thanks Ronnie
     
  6. hammer-time

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    Almost any thinner will work for your purpose. Pure gum turps is what I use for a visible finish. I like the sheen it adds. For the inside of the forearm, I'd use naptha as it will dry quicker. I would thin it and I would apply 2 or 3 coats on raw wood to seal it well. Also, rather than Tru Oil, I'd use a poly instead. If you use minwax, I would not thin it since it is so thin already. I would not use a water based product for this application because if there is some oil impregnation, you may have adhesion problems.
     
  7. Tron

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    Well, if you forget to put the cap back on it (like I seem to have a habit of doing) the stuff thickens up in no time. A lil' mineral Spirits and I'm good to go.
     
  8. goatskin

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    Mike, I've been down this road (and it's an interesting road). I want to hunt with my good iron & wood guns in/around salt-water.

    I started with marine finish folks, and ended up talking with several companies, and was lucky enough to find a serious sea duck hunter at Pettit.

    What you want is two cuts (70 & 50) of: Pettit Z Spar Captain's EZ Care No. 1016. Forearm, head of the stock, bolt-hole, butt ...

    It is not a Spar Varnish, per se, although it has alkalyd and urethane resins, tung oil, etc. common to all the good 'long oil' varnishes, as it is designed to soak into the wood and not weather and wear as a varnish topcoat that penetrates a little: think swim platforms. It does not colour and and, the thinner costs more than the gloop does. And worth every penny.

    It provides a great 'oil-barrier', too, and you can oil-finish (or poly, or Tru-) over it as it soaks into the wood fibers: no problem.


    Bob
     
  9. W.P.T.

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    If you heat it up, that will thin it out with out adding anything to it ... The results are better if you heat it up for the first few coats and then use it out of the bottle and apply several coats for maximum protection ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  10. mikepacific60

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    Thanks to all, Cheers Mike
     
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