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Old 08-29-2020, 05:06 PM
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I have some N-frame Rosewood Checkered grips that need refinishing. I would like to contact someone on the forum that would be interested in refinishing these grips. I want someone familiar with rosewood. Previously, I refinished some and had all sorts of problems getting the finish to dry. It would stay sticky for weeks.
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i refinished a wet of Rosewood stocks with several coats of Johnson's floor wax. This avoids the long drying time when using oil based finishes due to the high oil content of the wood.
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I agree with Shrade. Rosewood is too oily to add more oil to, it won't absorb it. I polish rosewood down to 600 paper, and wax it.
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Wax after sanding to 600 grit is a great option with rosewood, you will have tp re-apply the wax when you clean the gun as wax does not build up much of a film. Shellac works well but alcohol and some solvents will damage the finish. If you wipe the wood down with acetone you can use a wipe on poly.
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I have some N-frame Rosewood Checkered grips that need refinishing. I would like to contact someone on the forum that would be interested in refinishing these grips. I want someone familiar with rosewood. Previously, I refinished some and had all sorts of problems getting the finish to dry. It would stay sticky for weeks.
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I was in the business of custom wood boatbuilding then furniture design and manufacture both of which dealt heavily with tropical woods. These highly resinous woods are generally impervious to fungal rot since they hold little free moisture as resins occupy these canals. Finish work on extremely high resin content species like Burma teak, Brazilian Rosewood or Southern heart pine is certainly possible but extra steps are necessary. Itís not only doable but has been done for a long time with no problems.
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I bought unfinished cocobolo stocks and was advised, that with such an oily woods, to wipe them several times with acetone before using a fast drying sealant such as CA glue, which I used (to do it over, I would probably use CA in a spray instead of wiping/brushing on). Lightly sanding between coats lets you choose your finish.

Also, these woods can be a sensitizer, so I wore a mask and nitrile gloves when sanding and handling.

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