Been looking hard at ironwooddesigns.com and they have a how-to section for staining the wood here:
I'd like to hear/see the results of anyone's work?
I figured the question of how to duplicate the Russian Orange/Brown, Red/Brown and Iodine Laminated Wood Finishes would come up sooner or later, I figured I might as well ask piople to post their favorite method of duplicating these Russian Stock finiishes,.So have at it and lets get them on this forum right away.
I've done some searching, and found several mentions of the same product, so I thought I'd post it here.
Several people mention that "garnett shellac (dewaxed)" is a perfect match for the russian shellac
Found here: http://www.shellac.net
It is under the price list > appears to be less than $10 for a 1/2 lb.
i thought shellac would get all screwed up if it became wet.Originally Posted by hcpookie
not very good for a rifle stock, safe queen maybe
Talk to Z_Recto over at AK-47.net. He is the MASTER russian lam refinisher.
Agreed. He refinished a Soviet AKM set for me and just completed a RPK set. I should get it back early this week.Originally Posted by Disconnector
Well, I finally made it over here and have something to add to this thread.
The Russians have a great fondness for shellac .
It is a very easy and quick finish for wood, but not the most durable.
When I refinish Russian laminate (or Ironwood, or Egyptian for that matter)I use my own homemade finish.
I use a tinted shellac.
As I said before, it is not the most durable, but it gives the wood a look that is hard to get with any other finish.
Here are the links to a couple of pics of mbakercad's RPK set I just did for him.
BTW, I made the grip as well.
Now I am really glad you are on board. Perhaps when you have the time you can share some of the build with us. Perhaps take us through a step by step. Thanks Jack