Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain
Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain
Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain
Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain
Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain
Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain

Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain


This chemical is subject to additional shipping charges when ordered with a kit.

Iron nitrate is a favored stain for maple gunstocks.  It imparts a traditional, durable, and beautifully rich color.

**Iron Nitrate cannot be shipped to Canada or overseas.

Directions:  Apply to wood.  Allow to dry.  I usually wait for at least a half hour before applying the heat.  Overnight is fine.  Heat until color changes to reddish brown. While heating, concentrate on one particular spot with only a bit of movement of the heat gun.  When it gets hot enough, it will turn to an orange brown color. Then just start moving the heat gun slowly along to heat more of the stock.  The only thing to really watch for is to not overheat corners.  They will char and turn brown or black.  Start in more open areas to get the feel.  The only thing to stress is that you must heat it pretty hot to get the transformation.  The color change will be pretty dramatic, so don't stop heating until you see this occur. reapply if needed.  Apply finish of choice.

FAQ for Iron Nitrate:

Do you neutralize?     I don't neutralize my iron nitrate (aquafortis).  I do, however, keep it out of inlets.  It can cause some slight rusting and you never see it in inlets of original work.  There's nothing wrong with neutralizing with baking soda either, though.  Sometimes it's good to rub out the stain a bit.  My advice would be to just experiment.  If you have some scraps that will help.

What if the color is a little green? You are probably not heating the stock enough.  You should see it change to a brown orange color when it's properly heated.  It's a bit scary, but without enough heat you won't get the proper color.  The only thing you have to be careful about is not overheating corners of the stock.  It heated to much you can scorch them.   Practice on a piece of scrap if you have some. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 41 reviews
William Reid
Waiting to try it and had a leak in shipping

Waiting to use it, got a kit on order hopefully it will still be good had to transfer it out of the bottle and zip lock bag for some reason the bag was filling up so I put it in a jar with a canning lid and put boat rap tape around the jar to keep light out. Probably it was cause by shipping

Easy to use, and WORKS!

Only used on sample pieces. But, it is my choice for the soon to come SMR.

Caleb Owenby
Iron Nitrate & Sealer

First time using these products. Easy to use and produces a great finish, in my case for maple knife scales. One day I’ll use it on a southern mtn kit!

Shipping was quick!

Michael Denison
Woodsrunner ?

When the Woodsrunner rifle arrives I will be glad to provide a review.
Michael Denison / Wasilla, AK

Gary Tombasco
Trying Iron Nitrate

Wanted to try this as a finish for an upcoming build. Tried on a sample piece and I must say I really like the results.

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