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I had one that did this. Extra oil wouldn't soak in on a couple of spots. I had removed the old finish (I thought) so I decided to lightly sand the "dry spots" and sure enough, the next oil coat penetrated. I then applied the same amount of coats to the spots that I had in the rest of the stock and then one more overall for good luck!
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Thanks for the input guys.  

I think I will touch it very lightly with 0000 steel wool over the dry spots, then rub in oil just over the local area and watch it every 30 mins to see if it soaks in, if so, rub a bit more in.  If it stays fairly wet after a few hours, I’ll let it fully cure.  Then see what it looks like after a few days.  If it’s not blended nice, I’ll lightly go over the entire stock with steel wool, to just knock the shine off, and aggressively rub in another thin coat over the entire stock.  Hopefully that will work.  

Getting kinda anxious to get this job done.  

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Patience, Grasshopper. You are at the point where you can make a nicely finished stock or a perfect one!
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"I’ll lightly go over the entire stock with steel wool, to just knock the shine off, and aggressively rub in another thin coat over the entire stock"
Actually I'd reverse that sequence!Wink

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Shamu, I say that because that’s what the instructions on the can of tung oil say.  Perhaps to promote bonding?  




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Looks like the “spot treatment” is going to work.  Perhaps one of the advantages of a pure oil finish?  

Once I’m happy with that, it will get one final very thin coat of oil.  Then restart my 30 day clock for cure time …
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Good show!
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Maybe!? I did it the other way round, but I ain't gonna argue with the makers!
One reason I like oil finishes is they're repairable!
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Getting those dull spots to fill in was a PITA!  I was starting to think I’d have to strip the stock and start again! There was one area on one side of the butt stock that just would not show any gloss at all, dead flat.  It was about 3 inches x 1/2 inch.  Wasn’t sure what went wrong.  

It took another 4 thin well rubbed in coats, it is finally matching the rest of the stock, can’t see it at all now.  Although that side of the stock has a bit more shine than the rest of the stock because of the additional oil. 









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Looks awesome!
Maybe that patch had a branch or twig there before it was turned down & the semi end grain is just sucking it up & needled more?
This is one of the things I warn those doing oil finishes about. When you get those stubborn blotches don't quit, it means you're almost there!
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Like I said, oil is the absolute bestest finish for wood, brings out the wonders of nature.
Great job, looks fabulous Brit
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That is a great looking stock. Well done! I think sometimes uneven spots may be caused by in that area the wood may be denser (or more porous). Maybe something got spilled on it at the machine shop.One of the reasons wood has so much character!
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Thanks guys.  

This was my second attempt finishing a stock with pure tung oil.  I’m pleased with the results.  I think what made this one better was the “sand dust filling” method and vigorous hand rubbing into the wood with very thin coats.  After the third or fourth coat, just a tiny drop on my finger was enough to spread out over about a quarter of a square foot.  It took more coats than the first one, and additional coats in the dull areas, but I’m glad I stuck with it.  

I think the tricks to try next time will be using 400 wet/dry paper rather than 600.  I didn’t quite get complete fill of the pores and grain, probably about 80% fill.  Areas on the stock that got complete fill look awesome, and with all those coats of tung oil, it has a deep sheen to it, but not a “gloss” finish either.  It actually looks better that the pictures show.  





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Sometimes you "make spare sawdust" of a scrap piece of similar-colored wood, or from a hidden area of the same wood (like the back of the stock, which will be covered by the buttplate) & add a little of that too!
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I could have done that Sham.  I first started by some aggressive sanding to get the stock shape to conform to the butt plate.  The back of the stock overhung the butt plate by about 1/64 to 1/32 inch.  Took some serious shaping work to get it to fair in nicely with the butt plate. Ended up with a good pile of black walnut dust. 
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Sometimes what I do is with a tung oil finish is after it cures for a while and has hardened.
I'll make a mixture of mineral spirits, (just a few drops) and the oil, then with a hard felt block backed by wet dry sand cloth soaked into it, (with the grain) even out what has already been applied.

What invariably happens is that light spots come through that get addressed with a reapplication of the oil minus the spirits.
The mineral spirits sort of act as a vehicle to reduce the tension of the sand cloth.
After it hardens completely and the finish is built up enough to be satisfactory Ill buff with a lambs wool bonnet and furniture paste wax.
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