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I do 15 to 20 stocks a year for the last 25 years so here is my method. First strip all the old finish off using a stripper agent, checkering and all. Mask off any plastic that you can't remove. Sanding is very important at this point, if dings or scratches are present sand them with the grain, carefully! I use 220 down to 400 wet or dry to remove all scratches. If it is a Franchi it is european walnut and usually hard enough you don't have to raise the grain with water and heat. Next decide on stain or not, that's up to you. If you do use good stain that penetrates and seals. Let dry for at least a day. I then mix tung oil and mineral spirits about 70/30 tung oil. Soak the wood and wipe off at least 2 times in a day. This will further seal the wood. I then start with Tru-Oil, follow directions(hint:use sparingly). Add till you're happy then let dry for 72 hrs. For gloss rub it down lightly with compound for satin use more compound. Work till you're happy. Let me know if you get into a snag. ftlupton
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OK, maybe you guys can help me with my dilemma. I was all set to finish my brand new Perazzi stock with a tung oil finish. I ordered it unfinished because I wanted to be able to do some final "tweaking" first. Unfortunately it arrived with some kind of finish already on it. I asked why and was told they thought I meant unvarnished, not unfinished. So it has some kind of stain/sealer on it, but no gloss.

Does anybody know what this is? I do have to do a little work on it, so I'd like to know what I'm in for before I start. Should I just find out what they put on it and apply more after I shave it, or strip it and refinish with tung oil?
 
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