Recently acquired a P15 from (Bruce on the forum, thanks again) , I wanted a new look for the stock.
The beech wood was previously treated and stained but I sanded this down and then was left with a few options.
Wanted a dark wood look to the stock. NovaDye ebony was not available at Builders so went with Woodoc gel stain ebony ( never used this).It was however not ideal ( if anybody has had good results with this please share).I believe the 400grid sanding and previous staining left the pores to tight and "blocked".
I wiped on the Woodoc stain and to my shock a thick plastic like colour developed on the stock - the instructions to rub it off was not successful and in the end I sanded it down again.
On the second attempt I applied it to whole one side of the stock - and wiped off after giving less time to dry - better result, but very difficult to blend in on areas that did not take well.In the end the only remedy was using a scotchbrite scourer pad and work it in.
4 hours later I was happy ( but not with the Woodoc stain).
I believe it would work better on wood with less dense grain or that was not previously treated with oil, wax, stain ect.I applied one layer of Schaftol dark oil - great oil, penetrates easily , did not interfere with the stain. But this left a matt finish and not quite the look I wanted.
I waited for schaftol to dry and then started with Danish oil.After the first application it was tacky on the surface despite the recommended method to apply this - I think the schaftol and maybe the woodoc stain prevented easy penetration.
24 hr later and 33 degrees outside still tacky, I proceeded with more layers.Then after 5 layers and a 40 degree Piketberg heat, a fan and some wind I had a nice smooth dry finish and completely dry.
The winner was Danish oil to bring out a nice mild gloss and the look I wanted.