I got a laminated forend for my Contender carbine a few years ago from VirginValley, to match the finished buttstock from Boyds. The VV forend was unfinished, so I followed their suggestion and sprayed on about four coats of Krylon Clear. The forend is now a perfect match for the buttstock and the finish has held up fine for several years. I normally use "gun-specific" products, but this worked very well for me.
I've used both oil and ply but since the stock is already prety modern I usually use poly. Especially since I discovered the 'rub on' poly finishes. I apply it just as I would thr TruOil, with my hands and have had wonderful luck. Still harder to touch up but a good finish..
I'm afraid I don't remember the brand but it was bought a WalMart.. Any paint store or woodworkers supply should have it. It seems to be just like regular poly but a lot thinner.. I apply by hand, but don't allow the surface to get tacky. Remove the stuff from your hands with 'Skin-So-Soft', a oil based ladies skin softener. You should so a search on this thread for 'refinish' or 'finishing'. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!!
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