Posted by Bill Graham on September 6, 2017, 10:12 pm 188.8.131.52
Folks, How did L.C. Smith finish their damascus barrels: oil, wax, lacquer? I've been using wax, good wax for this purpose, but I'm not sure I like it. Looks great at first, but then the sheen fades quickly. Thanks.
I know when Dale Edmonds was in business he used wax. Dale did several high grade damascas guns for me and I'm still in awe when I look at his work. Since Dale loved to share his many years of experimenting & experiance with fellow gun people you might reach out to Dale. I think I put you in touch with Dale in the past, if you need his contact info email me......
The late Dr. Oscar Gaddy used motor oil or Linseed oil. He also used. I have used both in redoing barrels and I like the linseed oil better, it lasts longer. I gently heat the barrels and then with a cleaning patch with a few large drops of oil, coat the barrels and let them sit for a full day. This goes for both steel and Damascus barrels.
Thanks David. I've used linseed as well before, and then started to look for something as clear as possible to avoid muting the contrast. Anyway, that was the advise I got. Not sure if not was viable or not.
In one of the three DGJ articles by Dr. Gaddy, he mentioned lacquer being the finish preferred by the author (himself).p