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Antique Wood Stain
Prior to application of Antique Wood Stain, make sure the stock surface is smooth, clean and dry. For final sanding we like to use 320 grit paper. Once you think the stock is perfectly smooth, look at the stock once again with a bright spot light shining on the surface at a low angle. Doing this final check in a darkened room helps to pick out any surface irregularities. If you are satisfied with the surface smoothness the next step is to vacuum the stock thoroughly. Any areas of checkering or incised carving should be gone over carefully with a fine, soft-bristled brush to remove any residual sanding dust.
Before applying Antique Wood Stain to any stock, we like to stain up a scrap piece of wood from the stock we are working on. This is to determine if the color will be what we wanted. Discovering you selected the wrong stain color for your stock is the wrong thing to find out after completely staining your stock! To prepare the stain block, just use any left over wood from the stock blank. If you used a precarved stock, just use the inside of the barrel channel. Don’t judge the color after the stain has dried, without applying either some finish or sealer to the surface. Since Antique Wood Stain is a dye based stain, once the carrier solvents have evaporated, the stock will look dull and lifeless. It is only after the stock has been rewet with finish, that the true final color comes back. When you are satisfied with the color, its time to stain for real. Just remember that any of the Antique Wood Stain colors can be blended to achieve almost any final color you desire.
For final application to the stock, apply a liberal coat of stain, using a brush or lint free cloth. We like to use cheap disposable natural bristle brushes. A cloth works also, but tends to be messier. If you are going for a darker, more intense color, use Antique Wood Stain full strength. Dilute with Laurel Mountain Forge Stain Reducer or denatured alcohol for lighter tones. If you use denatured alcohol for dilution the degree of penetration will be reduced somewhat due to the fast evaporation rate of alcohol. When applying Antique Wood Stain, try to keep the application as uniform as possible to keep the color uniform. Multiple coats of Antique Wood Stain will yield a darker color, better penetration and more uniform color. On darker colored, open grained woods, such as walnut, a 25% stain to 75% reducer is a good starting point. For fined grained, light colored dense woods such as maple either use full strength or dilute 25%.
After staining your wood, allow to dry at least 4 hours before applying a finish. We recommend using high performance coatings such as our Permalyn Gun Stock Finish and Permalyn Sealer, for long lasting protection.
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