|Forum topic by stratiA||posted 03-05-2009 08:16 AM||2200 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-05-2009 08:16 AM
I have an older remington model 58 semi auto shotgun made between 1958 and 1962? Its just a shooter but it is magic in the field. The stock is fairly plain with some checkering on the grip and on the forearm. I am not sure if it is stained but it has an almost orange red hue. The finish is pretty worn and cracked. The problem is when it gets wet. The finish turns an opague color, especially around the crackled areas. whats worse is moisture is getting in and swelling the wood. It rains alot during hunting season. I was hoping to strip the finish, possibly stain or probably dye stain the wood to a darker hue and apply a tougher finish to hold up to the New England weather.
Finally the questions. What is the stock species? Most gunstock are walnut. I’m not so sure about this one. What is the likely existing finish, and how do I remove it. How do I remove the finish around the checkering without damaging it. What would be the best finish to use. I am leaning towards Arm a seal from General finishes. With several coats. I find it pretty durable and easy to use. But am better served using a poly or even a spar urethane. Any special techniques I should be aware of. I hunt in snow and rain but not used while duck hunting. Meaning it will get wet but not in overly moist conditions.
-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation