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Linseed oil for AK maple stock?
« on: June 15, 2022, 09:19:23 PM »
Would some linseed oil bring out the grain in a light maple Zastava ZPAP stock?  The cool grain is there but not that visible.

Was wondering what could be done to highlight the grain.  I've read this is a very popular and easy to use option on wood stocks (or any light wood).

Is there a better choice for a "do it yourselfer" with no stock finishing experience?

It's this model....


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Re: Linseed oil for AK maple stock?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2022, 10:01:33 PM »
If it has a finish on it already, even a light oil finish (like linseed oil, or boiled linseed oil) it's not going to make any difference. To get the grain to pop you'll likely need to strip the factory finish and then stain it, and finally finish with a linseed oil based top coat.

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Re: Linseed oil for AK maple stock?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2022, 10:40:37 PM »
If it has a finish on it already, even a light oil finish (like linseed oil, or boiled linseed oil) it's not going to make any difference. To get the grain to pop you'll likely need to strip the factory finish and then stain it, and finally finish with a linseed oil based top coat. 

It appears to not have any stain or finish at all.   That was why I thought something could be applied as is to help protect it and enhance the look.  If I use it, then dirty hands might force dirt into the grain.

Maybe I'm wrong, so I'll have to look at it again.  ???  Perhaps it's just a very light coat...?

A better pic I found of a similar one.


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Re: Linseed oil for AK maple stock?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2022, 10:59:10 PM »
I have used Citrus stripper to take any factory coating off with good results.After wiping it down with wet water rag towel dry and go over with 0000 steel wool.No sanding!!!   The water will raise the grain.Use to 0000 to calm it down. I let mine dry for a week or two before i oil.

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Re: Linseed oil for AK maple stock?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2022, 11:03:36 PM »
I just cheated.. a Romanian..of course.. furniture on one of my MAK90s..  I stripped the wood, went about half stupid and now have like 8 coats of red shellac on it..






The really featureless blah looking PSL stock got the same treatment..

This was just a walnut stain.. before the shellac..


only photo after.. with my NHM91 RPK..




Now... I'd love to have an Ak stock like on my Suomi..  drool2

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Re: Linseed oil for AK maple stock?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2022, 01:09:57 AM »
Amber shellac is a good base to start,can add colors. Can get it at any Ace hardware. If you feel the need like I did to a few SKS stocks and AK's. Got to Shellac.net.They offer Shellac flake by the pound.My last order was for "Thai SEED Lac Shellac" I mixed in some red rite powered dye.  Came out like the red on a russian Mosin Nagant.

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