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Tru-Oil and checkering

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by jbauch357, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. jbauch357

    jbauch357 Well-Known Member

    How does one apply Tru-Oil to checkering?

    I'm refinishing a grip for my Dan Wesson 15-2 and going for the exact same thing that I ended up with on this Marlin that I refinished (it is holding up well, and actually feels like it's still getting harder with time): http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=656154&highlight=marlin

    In the ultimate refinish sticky it was mentioned that you can tape off the checkering, apply a couple coats of finish to the rest of the wood. Then when you're almost done pull the tape off the checkering to get one or two coats (enough to protect, but not so much it fills) on it while finishing the rest. Do you think that approach would work with Tru-Oil, and would a toothbrush be sufficient for working an even thin coat down into the valleys of the checkering?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Get an old toothbrush.
    Dab it on with a finger tip, then brush it until out there is hardly anything left.

    As you surmised, too much will fill the checkering and ruin it.

  3. jbauch357

    jbauch357 Well-Known Member

    Got the grip all done, two coats of Tru-Oil / Mineral Spirits 1:1 mix on the checkering - at least a dozen and a half coats of straight Tru-Oil on the rest of the grip body.

    started as this

    finished like this

    and installed like this :)
  4. MI2600

    MI2600 Well-Known Member

    Nice. I like the muted sheen.
  5. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Looks awesome. Nice job.

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