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#606299 11/15/2021 7:27 PM
by NOL
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How can I keep the color as light a possible while using products that will resist water?

I cut a new stock from a walnut blank. Its color is fine when tested w/mineral spirits, but when I apply an initial coat with full strength Tru Oil or Waterlox, it looks too dark.

I'm testing various areas before I take it down to its final shape. On another test I diluted a first coat of Waterlox w/50% mineral spirits. That resulted in a much lighter affect. I put another coat on top of that (50% tru oil/50% mineral spirits) and that looked fine too. However, when I put on a third coat of 100% Tru Oil, it darkened up again. I waited 24 hrs between each coat. I even bleached a raw test section and set it in the sun. I looked lighter at first, but after the initial coat, it was darker than all of the other tests.

This is for a Sporting Clays Competition gun. Waterlox under Tru Oil has performed wonderfully on my other projects. I don’t have a urethane spray setup.

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by Buzz
Buzz
Dark English walnut is more desirable and costs more than lighter colored pieces. Check out Cecil Fredi’s site. He values a dark blank more than lighter blank, I think.
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by Demonwolf444
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if you want the lightest possible finish first finish sanding and shaping.... as a stock maker myself at the current point it still looks very unfinished. Use a stiff leather backed piece of wood and sand up to 2500 grit. Your really not sanding much of anything past 1000 grit just burnishing. Once at 2000 grit burnish with stiff leather. By this point you will have a stock that's absolutely flawlessly sanded and the burnished surface will prevent too much take up of oil. Do a small test patch of oil or desired finish in a subtle area... if still too dark then remove and burnish that area again. French polish will seal and give you gloss but wont darken like oil finishes will, if you want to add a bit of colour you can tint your french polish with alkanet this colour would be "in the finish" as apposed to "in the wood"... mix alkanet with alcohol, filter off the alkanet add the coloured alcohol to the shellac flakes to make your finish.
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