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 Post subject: Re: Preventing Mud From Staining Wooden Handles
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:15 pm 
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Seal them with Tru-Oil, problem solved.



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 Post subject: Re: Preventing Mud From Staining Wooden Handles
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:32 pm 

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Jeff,

You know I thought about that. I'm not familiar with Tru-Oil, but from reading online it looks like its a combination of tung oil, synthetic compounds, and drying agents. I would probably lean toward using pure tung oil, even though it takes a longer time to dry and you might need to apply more coats. Do you have experience treating unfinished handles with Tru-Oil, and if so how did they turn out?


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 Post subject: Re: Preventing Mud From Staining Wooden Handles
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:42 am 
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I have done several and they turn out great. I usually sand lightly with a high grit paper(400) to clean up the handle, do three coats with a very light sanding in between and a light sanding at the end with 600 grit.



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 Post subject: Re: Preventing Mud From Staining Wooden Handles
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This sounds like a cool option. I will have to try it. Treating untreated handles with mineral oil works OK, but is a little cumbersome because it has to be reapplied somewhat frequently, and the benefits of the application (hydrating and protecting the wood) are rather short-lived. So I like the tung-oil approach as something that is more enduring.


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I just stained my Moritaka santoku:( I'll try the steel wool method or a high grit sandpaper. Great preventative ideas though, I wish I would have read this an hour ago lol.


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 Post subject: Re: Preventing Mud From Staining Wooden Handles
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:55 am 
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I do something very similar to Jeff B. Only I use Watco Danish Oil as recommended by someone on these forums. It works great as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Preventing Mud From Staining Wooden Handles
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:09 pm 
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Tru-Oil (and their Gunstock Wax) are my two favorite handle finishes.

For a porous wood I always start with Tru-Oil and finish with the wax. If it's not porous, I sometimes only use the wax. You can make wood shine like glass with those two. Never had any flaking issues either.



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 Post subject: Re: Preventing Mud From Staining Wooden Handles
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:47 am 

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As for waxing, I'm a huge fan of renaissance wax. That stuff is awesome. You can use it on anything. It's durable, super clear and won't even show fingerprints. It was designed by the british museum to protect paintings and such.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:48 pm 
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Adam --> I like Tru-Oil's Gunstock Wax too. I like it to give some of my custom handles a good shine - and the ones treated with Tru-Oil now and then for the fun of it. Not to mention how it makes my gun stacks look! :D



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Don't have any gun stock's to wax!! :o

I've always meant to try Renaissance Wax as well. I've never heard a bad thing about it. One of these orders I will.



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