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    Vietnam ak47

    So I’m sure this has been a topic in the past, but I’m going to bring it up for my own curiosity lol, I’ve been trying to do a type 56 spiker build from Vietnam era, everyone has been saying the closest stain to that era is amber shellac but when I tried that on one of my surplus Chinese stocks I just don’t see it, all the rifles from that era look like they use an oil finish. Maybe some of you experts can chime in and let me know what finish I should use! I’d appreciate it

    Here are some photos that I’ve been looking at:

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    They used a Shellac type finish.

    But combat wear, rough handling etc., often removed that and added human oil, dirt and wet conditions to create a "Vietnam AK" patina.



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    So is amber shellac the closest I’m going to get? Thanks for the pictures!

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    Im doing a spiker clone as well. I went with a darker oil for the finish. I don’t know what was originally done, but looking at documented bring backs, that’s what it looks like. I don’t doubt akblue, but from the pictures I found you don’t see the shellac.

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    Hence the enormous difficulty of replicating a battlefield patina... there are no shortcuts to a truly authentic result.
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    Are you doing a screw in barrel, 4 rivet trigger guard and two tang stock?

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    I’m using a legend I ended up getting at a gunshow before all this COVID-19 happened, it had a poor finish done to it so I figured I’d try to fix it up and turn it into a type 56 spiker clone

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    What do y’all suggest for the stain? Should I just go with the amber shellac and start crawling through the mud with it?🤔

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    Type56kp, do you have any pictures of your rifle I could see?

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    This is an interesting tread!
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    I WAS where you are
    I wanted to do an authentic looking Vietnam bring back
    The real deal wood poppped up
    I bid stupid (I thought) money for it
    Got outbid
    Same wood popped up on gunraper a few weeks later and sold for even more.
    Im over it
    Amber shellac on some nos wood is going to be it ... I’ll be happy enough with it and nobody else cares anyway.

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    Yeah I looked real hard for Vietnam bring back wood but couldn’t find anything, closes thing I found was a Vietnam bring back kit on GB for 8k, not trying to go that crazy lol but if I can get close to what they used back then I’ll be happy!

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    There’s tint for shellac that may work to get the color you want

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    I have used various TransTint colors.
    Honey Amber, Reddish Brown , Medium Brown in Shellac or pre stain in Denatured Alcohol.
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    Shellac it and rough it back up thats about as close as you are going to get.
    Here is a pic with the original amber on the front handguard and the butt stock is a slightly darker and not original to the gun but military surplus
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