How to refinish a gun stock

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Forum topic by GMman posted 03-01-2010 11:01 PM 1177 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2010 11:01 PM

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Well I have received a suggestion from my brother how to refinish it; he makes them and refinishes them.
Hope it helps some of you LJs to refinish.

My suggestion to refinish it would be to strip the remaining varnish with something like Citrus Strip. The varnish shouldn’t be too hard to remove since it already peeled from just being wet. After stripping sand the stock with a fine sandpaper… but don’t sand the checkering! You can use a small wire brush to loosen the varnish in the checkering. You probably already know this trick but anyways after the first light sanding I wipe the stock well with methyl hydrate (gas line de-icer). This brings up all the tiny wood shards, then sand it again with a finer paper, wash it again with methyl hydrate then apply a sanding sealer. Don’t put the sanding sealer in the checkering! Sand the sealer and apply as many coats until the pores a well sealed. Now I spray 2-3 light coats of semi-gloss exterior urethane, then finish spraying with a wet coat. I like the Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane, it is what boat builders use on their woodwork.

A few months ago I saw some Birchwood Casey Tru-oil in a spray can at Wal-Mart. I have never seen it in a spray before. It might be easier to work with than the bottled stuff.

Oh!... the reason you don’t put anything on your checkering until you are ready for the final finish is because you don’t want to fill the spaces in the checkering. That would defeat the whole purpose of having checkering on your stock

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 06:43 AM

I have used Tru-oil and always hand rub it. Works good ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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