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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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I restocked my Ljutic back in '93 and used a product called Flecto Varathane Plastic Oil (probaby much like tru-oil or Linspeed) to fill the pores in the English walnut by wet sanding with 600 up to 1500 grit paper. After that dried I sprayed on 5-6 coats of Flecto Varathane high gloss (a premium quality polyurathane)...left it to harden for a month and then VERY carefully "color sanded" it to level the finish and then polished it with Turtle Wax white rubbing compound. It has held up very well and really shows off the wood. Pics available by e-mail. I wish I could still get Roberts Gun Stock Finish. It was a clear 2-part epoxy that was made in California in the 70's and early 80's. It was superb and produced a durable and somewhat flexible finish that would stand up to handling better than anything else I've ever seen. Unfortunatly when the company was sold the new owner chose not to continue making it.
 
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