Help with stock refinish please
I put Formby’s Tung Oil on an existing new stock that was a bit dry looking, especially on the checkering. I thought it was just oil, but seems to have a lot of petroleum in it, I assume to thin the oil to really soak in. The wood looked great, but too shiny because it leaves some kind of clear coating, which I don't care for. It's as if it's just a can of varnish with a drop of Tung in it. The can says to steel wool it once it dries, but then it looks almost like it did before I started. I even tried three coats, no difference. And in some spots the steel wool (0000) lightened the original stain. I guess it wasn't very deep. I'm curious if this Formby's will resist a fresh coat of stain and I need to strip it, or will an oil base stain dissolve it and work in? If so, I'm worried it won't uniform.
Anyone have a similar experience that can offer advice? Also, should I just toss the Formby’s altogether? If so, what do you recommend? Pure Tung or?
I’m looking for a final finish that looks as if there is nothing on it except stained darker with an oiled look that will not show on a white cloth. It shouldn't look dry at all, not sticky, and not glossy. I’d post pix, but they just don’t capture the look. I have a new Marlin 1895 that came factory with what I’m looking for, if anyone knows what they’re like.