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Old 02-18-2014, 8:35 AM
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Default Alternatives to wipe on poly for refinishing wood?

I'm refinishing an old wood stock on a Savage .22 I had lying around and I'm finished with everything but the final protective coat. In the past I've always used wipe on poly but I'd like to have more of a matte finish on this stock. This is just a little side project so I don't want to buy any finishing kits or spend more than around $10. Should I try tung oil or just hit the poly with 0000 steel wool lightly? I'm leaning toward the poly since I already have it and I'm really trying to limit my spending this month. All recommendations welcome.
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Old 02-18-2014, 9:12 AM
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Brush on poly. Let dry, wet sand between coats. Buff when done, looks like glass.
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I would use the poly since it probably provides the best protection for your stock, and you already own it. Modern poly finishes are great for hard use items! You can get three thin coats on there with much less time and effort than applying a proper oil type finish.

You can get a good flat or satin finish with steel wool, but using a rubbing compound will usually get you a more even result, with less chance of burning through the finish. There are different grades available, and you can always find them at your local big box auto parts store. If you are lucky enough to get the desired sheen with your first choice, you can stay within your $10 budget with plenty left over for your next twenty projects. Or you can hit your truck with it, and get all that old dead paint off there.

I use Meguiar's for high-end finishing, but it costs a little over $10 per grade. If you want to try it, you might start with "medium cut cleaner." This is very useful stuff. It will give you a smooth, flat finish that looks great on a stock, and it will bring rough, abused furniture back to life as well.

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100% tung oil takes several weeks to cure and will have a plastic like finish.
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Old 02-18-2014, 9:56 AM
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For the sake if cost, since this isn't a prized rifle, stuck with the poly and try the lightest steel wool or synthetic on my final coat since I'm trying to avoid the glass shiny look. Thanks everybody.
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Im also refinishing a 22 rifle stock and the guy at my local hardware store recommended Watco Satin finishing wax as an alternative to wipe on poly. He also suggested I thinking about an old fashion hard floor wax if I wasnt afraid of putting in the elbow work...Im still sanding so Ill cross that bridge when I get there.

Heres the link to my project
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a few coats of Tru Oil would do just fine.
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