I'm working on a Mosin-Nagant rifle stock. The plan is to strip off the old shellac, then build up a nice tung oil finish, then seal it with Tru Wax. Idid the main stock with spectacular results. It was everything I hoped it would be - a golden orange finish with gentle brown undertones that make the wood look warm and which brings out the tiger-striped grain very nicely. Over tung oil Tru Wax looks even better than it did over Tru-Oil. It's truly amazing.
The problem is coming with the wooden upper handguard. I stripped it the same way I did the rest of the stock - rubbing with denatured alcohol for about an hour removed all traces of the shellac. The very thin coats of tung oil I applied with a clean rag. I applied over 30 coats tryning to get it to have the same shiny finish that the main stock has. No luck. It soaks in every coat leaving a totally smooth dull finish that will clash pretty dramatically with the rest of the stock when it's assembled. Has anybody else encountered this problem? How can I fix it? I've already twice sanded the oil off using a 00000-grade steel wool, and re-applied it, but I get the same results.