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Old 03-30-2014, 01:26 PM
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This is how she looked when I got her:


I was not a fan of the 'Red Paint' on the grips:


So.......




I stripped the finish, and sanded just a little.
Then I began applying pure Tung Oil. And rubbed and sanded a little, and rubbed some more. I think the grips look much better and the tactile feel is awesome.


Here's how they look on the gun


A bit of work, but I think it's well worth it!
Ken
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:51 PM
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Terrific!! I recently got some grips I'd ordered from Craig Spegel, I'd asked him to leave them raw so I could finish w/ pure tung. 10 days, 10 coats.
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I use tung oil and after the last coat I steelwool it with #0000 steelwool then use plenty of elbow grease using a soft rag with the Simi chrome polish. I rub out the tung oil finish till it looks like glass.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:40 PM
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Chrome polish, huh?
Like mothers mag polish?
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Very nice!
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Outstanding job!
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:47 PM
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Thanks, I'm pretty happy with her. Now just to get some ammo loaded for her!
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Chrome polish, huh?
Like mothers mag polish?
Yes I been using formby's tung oil finish. For a few coats. Till the wood no longer soaks it in. Then I let it harden up. Thin coats goes faster than thin coats. Once it's hard I go over it with 0000 steelwool to even it out and to remove any lumps if it has any.
Then with a soft rag with some Simi chrome polish and lots of elbow grease I polish up the tung oil finish to a glass finish.

I apply tung oil till the grainy look and sanding marks are gone. I use 0000 steelwool between coats.
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Anything advertised as "Tung Oil Finish" usually has no Tung oil in it - It's just a diluted "boiled" linseed oil. If you want a Tung Oil finish, get a bottle of Tung oil. It's available at woodworking stores.
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This is how she looked when I got her:


I was not a fan of the 'Red Paint' on the grips:


So.......
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I stripped the finish, and sanded just a little.
Then I began applying pure Tung Oil. And rubbed and sanded a little, and rubbed some more. I think the grips look much better and the tactile feel is awesome.


Here's how they look on the gun


A bit of work, but I think it's well worth it!
Ken
VERY nice...good on you for being a person who believes in doing it yourself!
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:04 AM
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I used pure tung oil. It's available at Lowes or Home Depot.

Thanks for the feedback.
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