Hello, over the years, I’ve tried about everything. My go to finish is still truoil. It’s easy to apply and depending on the method used, can make a stock look like a piece of glass or just have a nice sheen. Truoil will change a little as it cures. A glossy stock will turn into a nice satin finish after a few months. Most of the time, I will only add enough coats to have a smooth finish on the stock. The guys who buy my stocks aren’t looking for, or expect to get an exhibition grade stock finish. They will have to do that themselves.Is dry sanding and wipe on poly still the way to go? Been searching and reading but A) a lot of posts are years old and B) a lot want to change colors etc.
I just want to bring some shine and depth back to the stock. It’s a black and grey and is generally in fine shape, just want it to have a good sheen.
Thanks for any advice.
The main thing to getting a great finish is preparing the wood. Most of my stocks are only finished to 500 grit. On some woods, I will do a final wet sand to seal the grain with 500 grit.
The last couple stocks I built for myself were finished with spray lacquer. My only problem with using the spray, is the weather, since my spraying is done outside, cold weather can be a problem.
l haven’t used the wipe on poly, but I’ve used the spray version. It will do a good job also.
You mentioned, some of my stocks have color added. Most of the time, the wood will be maple. Sometimes the figured grain in a nice piece of maple will need a little help, there’s nothing more contrasting than a curley maple stock.
I’m not the person you will want to talk to about staining and dying wood. I stumble through this process. Sometimes it turns out like it should and sometimes it will end up with a redo. This is not my expertise. There’s a big learning curve there.
I hope this information helps.