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    Usually 80 or 100 grit. The idea is that customers will sand finer before finishing, but if they don't want to the grip is probably good enough as is.

    Finishing is a complex business. A lot of variables to play with and far too many ways to skin the cat. I remember wasting a huge effort on bleaching and re-staining a table top once, all to match some beech chairs - the boss never should have agreed to it. The bleach made the wood horribly porous and hard to stain consistently. Only later did I figure out we could have left it in the Arizona sun for a week and put some oil on it and gotten a decent match.

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    I received the wood samples from Mr.Downey today. Thank you Mr. Downey! Since I already have the walnut hand grip I started experimenting with the walnut pieces. Here is a piece I stained with some stain I had here from Minwax called gunstock. I applied the stain, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wiped it. After it dried I applied a coat of amber shellac, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wiped it. Here is the result compared to the hand guard on my Cetme. It looks very close to me.

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    The color and tone look good in the pic.

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    Thanks Holescreek. I think I will go with it as is.

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    That does look like a really good match, I'd go with it too

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    I'd go with it as well. That looks very good to me.
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    Here is the stained grip on the rifle. I decided to put it on my C308 instead of the cast Cetme. It matches the stock pretty well but I am not happy with the hand guard. I am thinking about refinishing it with the same color as the grip.
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    That looks good! I agree about the handguard.
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    I am refinishing a CETME handguard from my parts kit and found this thread. The amber shellac is interesting and I think would complete the refinish. Will shellac hold up with moisture like sweating hands? I am also waiting for the CETME wood grips to be restocked. Thanks in advance.

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    You did a great job with your stains and the match looks excellent. I am surprised no one mentioned the Fiebing alcohol based leather dye's? I have a No.4 Mk 1* enfield with different types of wood on the buttstock and forend. With the alcohol based leather dye you can keep adding coats to get the darkness to match. I think my enfield has walnut and birch wood.

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