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I have just finished refurbishing a stock with traditional English finish. The stock has a Silvers type but pad that was very grotty - I have looked at old posts about applying a finish and shellac was suggested.

Before someone comments - I was asked to leave the age marks in the stock as the owner did not want to loose the "character" of the stock/gun.

Is there an easier method - thoughts please?

Thank you.

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2 minutes ago, HW95J said:

Wax e.g Slippery ****'s? They do a plain one and some with a tint e.g walnut 

Thanks - I'm well stocked with Slippery "W"icks thanks but wanted to try something different?

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Yes. Mix shellac with boiled linseed oil about 50/50, shake very well, and rub on with a finger. The boiled linseed oil helps keep the mixture liquid enough to rub it on and then evaporates off. I used to do this with any Silver's pad to "slick" it so that it came better into the shoulder and didn't catch on my jacket or coat. It also thankfully gives a age patina to the pad. If you bottle the stuff up it doesn't dry. I had a bottle of it in my gunroom for at least a decade. If you can't get shellac try "French polish" by the same method.

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3 minutes ago, enfieldspares said:

Yes. Mix shellac with boiled linseed oil about 50/50, shake very well, and rub on with a finger. The boiled linseed oil helps keep the mixture liquid enough to rub it on and then evaporates off. I used to do this with any Silver's pad to "slick" it so that it came better into the shoulder and didn't catch on my jacket or coat. It also thankfully gives a age patina to the pad. If you bottle the stuff up it doesn't dry. I had a bottle of it in my gunroom for at least a decade. If you can't get shellac try "French polish" by the same method.

Thank you very much, that's just the answer I was looking for! Thank you.

Cheers

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57 minutes ago, enfieldspares said:

Yes. Mix shellac with boiled linseed oil about 50/50, shake very well, and rub on with a finger. The boiled linseed oil helps keep the mixture liquid enough to rub it on and then evaporates off. I used to do this with any Silver's pad to "slick" it so that it came better into the shoulder and didn't catch on my jacket or coat. It also thankfully gives a age patina to the pad. If you bottle the stuff up it doesn't dry. I had a bottle of it in my gunroom for at least a decade. If you can't get shellac try "French polish" by the same method.

Been to it looks really good 

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7 hours ago, CaptC said:

Thanks for the reply, it's not leather covered. Cleaned and sanded back ready to finish.

Must be some photographic illusion as it looked to have a tinged edge which I thought was a leather end .

 

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