Staining and oiling

Staining and oiling

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    Staining and oiling

    My AK had unfinished stock and foregrips when I bought it. I haven't messed with it until today. I sanded down the wood using 120 grit, then 180 and then finally steel wool.

    I got the wood nice and smooth then stained it a nice dark walnut color. I did a couple of coats over a few hours.

    How long should I wait before I oil and seal the wood after I stain it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro2A View Post
    My AK had unfinished stock and foregrips when I bought it. I haven't messed with it until today. I sanded down the wood using 120 grit, then 180 and then finally steel wool.

    I got the wood nice and smooth then stained it a nice dark walnut color. I did a couple of coats over a few hours.

    How long should I wait before I oil and seal the wood after I stain it?

    I let mine dry overnight before I sealed it, seemed to be fine and still looks great.
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    I'd wait at least a few days.
    You might want to oil your stock with Tung oil formulated with additional dryers [Hardware Store Item] (rather than Linseed oil) & that way if there is any residual petroleum based oil present in the wood - the Tung and the extra dryers will take care of that and you won't end up with an eternally sticky feeling stock.

    Put the Tung oil on and then lightly sand it in with really fine 3M Wet Or Dry paper. Try 600 or 1000 grit.
    That way a mixture of Tung oil and really fine wood powder will fill and seal any open grain.

    Carefully wipe that first coat all the way off with fine cotton cloths and then just let the stock alone for a week or so before adding applying more finish.

    On potentially petroleum oil exposed wood, time is your friend.

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    All good advice. Usuallly overnite is a good dry...
    Touch it and see if its tacky.
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