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Has anybody ever bleached a gun stock to lighten up the walnut before you refinished it. There are so many dark walnut stocks that the grain is hard to see and they all look a like. If you have how do you bleach it?
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Hey Guys, Go to home depot and buy their wood bleach kit. You will also need some white vinegar to stop the process. You know all those Kolar guns with that light yellow walnut-- there you go. When they are finished by the guys in Missouri they are all bleached to make them look like gold clifornia english walnut. That's a fact! Good luck! Phil
 

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Hey Guys, Go to home depot and buy their wood bleach kit. You will also need some white vinegar to stop the process. You know all those Kolar guns with that light yellow walnut-- there you go. When they are finished by the guys in Missouri they are all bleached to make them look like gold clifornia english walnut. That's a fact! Good luck! Phil
 

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Walnutmaker,
When you say to stop the bleach, what do you mean? And do you apply anything before you start with stain? Then your finish?
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Stainlessbt99,

You bet there's more to do before staining. The wood must be final dry-sanded and whiskered. Sanding after staining should be avoided and a stain that does not raise the grain on the wood should be used. Some prefer alcohol=based stains.

Following that, the grain should be filled with a good filler that does not contain too much whiting so it will remain in place. Then the stock should be sealed, inside and out by submerging it in the best spar varnish or polyurethane diluted 50-50 with the correct, fastest drying thinner. It is then wiped thoroughly and allowed to dry completely for several days before applying the final finish.

With that procedure, you have done your best to block moisture and oil infiltration into the wood.

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