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Old 04-25-2006, 03:34 PM   #1
 
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Anyone here use Chestnut Ridge Military stain? Pointers?

I am going to refinish a Johnson Automatic Rifle stock and a 1903a3 stock with this stain.

Good stain? Any pointers on how to prep the wood and apply the stain?

One or two coats of the stain to get the right look?

Any pointers would be appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
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oh yes.

#1 - DILUTE IT you can always apply more

#2 - LET IT DRY for at least a day inbetween treatments.

#3 - prep the wood first. if this is a new stock, never finished, put on a diluted coat of BLO first. that way the stain applies evenly. otherwise, it will apply inconsistently. endgrain will suck it in so fast you can hear it.

#4 - when you think it's about 75% as dark as you want it, splash some mineral spirits on it. that will darken it (temporarily) to the same degree that the subsequent oil finish will. then it evaporates and you are none the worse for wear, but wiser.

#5 - when you do apply oil afterwards, do not freak when some of the stain comes off. some of it will come off. let the oil soak in, and see if you like the color. you can always add a bit more diluted stain after an oil coat. the CR stain can be applied over oil and vice versa.
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:10 PM   #3
 
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oh yes.

#1 - DILUTE IT you can always apply more

#2 - LET IT DRY for at least a day inbetween treatments.

#3 - prep the wood first. if this is a new stock, never finished, put on a diluted coat of BLO first. that way the stain applies evenly. otherwise, it will apply inconsistently. endgrain will suck it in so fast you can hear it.

#4 - when you think it's about 75% as dark as you want it, splash some mineral spirits on it. that will darken it (temporarily) to the same degree that the subsequent oil finish will. then it evaporates and you are none the worse for wear, but wiser.

#5 - when you do apply oil afterwards, do not freak when some of the stain comes off. some of it will come off. let the oil soak in, and see if you like the color. you can always add a bit more diluted stain after an oil coat. the CR stain can be applied over oil and vice versa.

WOW! thanks for the info. What would be the best way to dilute it???
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:56 PM   #4
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Cut it with denatured alchohal. 50-50 mix. USE LATEX GLOVES! Unless you want to explain your rust colored hands for the next two days.
Personally, I put on two coats of 50-50 BLO and turpentine before using CR. Delloro and I have had the same experience with dry wood soaking up that stain. Its like a sponge.
Also, if you find that you got it too dark, denatured alchohal will pull the stain up to a considerable degree. Just keep soaking paper towels in it and rubbing it down.
Be forewarned, CR stain is pretty red on birch wood (which is good or bad, depending on your taste). Its great for adding that "armory red" color to walnut.
Good luck.
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:12 PM   #5
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my dilution is at least 50:50, it is nt precise, and I err on the dilute side. I have diluted it as much as about 4:1.
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:05 PM   #6
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I recently stripped a stock and applied 3 coats of Jasco pure tung oil. Can I apply Chestnut Ridge over the tung oil or do I need to strip it prior to staining? TIA
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Old 04-29-2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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you can apply over, no problem. but after the stain, you will have to apply another coat of tung oil to keep the stain from rubbing off.
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