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Does any one know how to make the correct shellac stock finish for the Mosin stock?
Linseed oil never was a final finish, at some periods it was a soaking, which was covered with lacquer. I think reproduction of period correct finish with all correct components is possible, but will be very expensive Or you simply can try to do something similar - but at first you need to find stock with original finish from the SAME year and factory for comparison
no reply so can I just use linseed oil on the stock
Ok, I'm sending you his contacts
Its for a stock that was already stripped and would like it to look better than it does at present so the VK-1 finish would be good.
It was different even in these years.
https://www.m9130.info/stocks-handguards In 1938-1940 was used shellac lacquer. Stock was soaked with tar, then was finished with 6 layers of shellac lacquer.
In 1940 factories switched to VK-1 nitrocellulose lacquer (triple lacquering), and in 1941, after German Invasion, stock finish was simplified. Stock were covered with two layers, one layer, or were issued without lacquer, stock soaking were also changed to some ersatz mixtures.
So it's a very complicated task.
There is one guy in the US who has a nice result in the reproduction of VK-1 finish (similar to postwar refurnbs), I can give you his contacts.
However, we are collectors and should remember that any refinish reduce the value
About which period and manufacturer you are talking? There is no single correct finish for different periods/factories