Raw Linseed Oil One Year Later

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and remember to properly dispose of linseed oil rags as they spontaneously combust. My co-worker tossed them in the trash and linseed oil rags combusted and burned his garage down.
 
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I did not want to thread jack the Garand thread from yesterday, but to the topic of Raw Linseed Oil:

This was a new production Minelli 1903 stock that I finished in RLO. Nothing else.

Jan 2017, only a few weeks old. The stock was originally almost white, the original coats of RLO brought out the grain a little and changed the color ever so slightly. The HG was NOS USGI and is a different walnut.

https://i.imgur.com/Fq0li0R.jpg


Jan 2018, this represents 5-6 coats of RLO after aging for a year. At the end of the season last year (November), I applied another very thin coat.

https://i.imgur.com/KxBcBZO.jpg
what brand of linseed oil did you use...
 

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Very nice. Do you use straight BLO or cut it with mineral spirits?

Edit, I just saw you use raw linseed oil.
 

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The rags used MUST be soaked in water and disposed.

They WILL catch on fire....ask me how I know.
 

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I bought some of this raw linseed oil on Amazon 2 years ago....Have yet to use it to clean up my Winchester M1 Carbine stock....
View: https://www.amazon.com/Sunnyside-Corp-87332-Raw-Linseed/dp/B0149KTEPS


I need to do more research or have someone give me some advice before I possibly ruin the stock. Never done any sort of wood refinishing before...Probably just overthinking it like I do with most things...
 

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This.

I use boiled for all my projects with great results. Will the raw oil eventually go rancid?
I know that is a problem with some raw oils. That’s a big reason I only use the boiled.

“Through the combined efforts of Springfield Armory and the Pratt & Lambert Company of Buffalo, New York, a substitute for the raw linseed oil used to finish M1 stocks and handguards was developed. Wood finished with linseed oil had a tendency to smoke and sweat during prolonged periods of firing. A China-wood oil (Tung oil) compund was developed in early 1941. One thousand rifles were assembled with stocks and handguards treated with this finish and sent to the Army for field testing. This treatment was deemed an improvement and adopted as standard in late 1941."
 

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Why would you use Raw instead of Boiled?
the only reason is it has the fatty acids in it that will over time cause the reaction that gives the old M1 stocks that deep redish patina.
You know your getting all the natural acids if you use a food grade oil as dw617 linked to
This.

I use boiled for all my projects with great results. Will the raw oil eventually go rancid?
I know that is a problem with some raw oils. That’s a big reason I only use the boiled.
it can go rancid and grow mold also, although it should cure before that happens if applied correctly.

I will also add that there is no difference between flax seed oil or raw linseed oil.
They call flax seed oil "flax seed oil" for the food industry
Linseed for the construction industry
 
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I bought some of this raw linseed oil on Amazon 2 years ago....Have yet to use it to clean up my Winchester M1 Carbine stock....
View: https://www.amazon.com/Sunnyside-Corp-87332-Raw-Linseed/dp/B0149KTEPS

I bought some of this raw linseed oil on Amazon 2 years ago....Have yet to use it to clean up my Winchester M1 Carbine stock....
View: https://www.amazon.com/Sunnyside-Corp-87332-Raw-Linseed/dp/B0149KTEPS


I need to do more research or have someone give me some advice before I possibly ruin the stock. Never done any sort of wood refinishing before...Probably just overthinking it like I do with most things...

I need to do more research or have someone give me some advice before I possibly ruin the stock. Never done any sort of wood refinishing before...Probably just overthinking it like I do with most things...

You can read some good tips here
Wood Cleaning Article - Civilian Marksmanship Program
 
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