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Quick and Simple Method of Refinishing Wood Stocks.
« on: March 17, 2019, 03:19:07 AM »
a method i learned from a friend of mine for staining wood stocks many years ago. it's quick, easy and very simple that just about anyone can do it, and get good results when finished. i have used this method many times over the years. it's my most used method or refinishing wood stocks.

first steps. make sure the gun is unloaded, then remove the barreled action for the stock and all hardware attached to the stock. here is a key point, use only as coarse of sandpaper as needed. the less the better is the best approach. first of all you need to remove the existing finish and get the stock down to bare wood. i like to use a spray paint stripper and steel wool or 3M Scotchbrites to remove the finish from the stock. you may need to do some light sanding of the stock with 400 grit sandpaper after removing all the existing finish. clean the stock with mineral spirits and let the stock dry for at least 24 hours to ensure the stock is completely dry before applying any stain.

once the stock is dry, you're ready to start the staining process. you will need some latex or rubber gloves to keep your hands clean. first step is to use a tack cloth to remove any dust or fibers from the stock. these can be found at any auto parts stores that sell paint supplies or any home improvement stores in the paint department. then you need any color of oil based stain that suits you. also need some of those cheap foam piant brushes to apply the stain with. mix the stain well before applying with a stir stick. dip the brush in the stain and apply to the entire stock. let sit for about five minutes, then using a clean soft cloth, (old clean T-shirts work great for this) wipe off the excess stain from the stock. reapply as many coats as needed to achieve the desired color depth you want. once you have the desired color you want and have wiped off all of the excess stain, let dry for at least 24 hours before going to the next step.

next step. once the stock has dried completely, you need some very, very fine steel wool, some soft cloths and some past wax. (i use the Johnson's Paste Wax that can be found at most stores.) coat the steel wool with paste wax and buff out the stock several times going with the grain as much as possible. after rubbing it out with the steel wool, follow-up with clean soft cloths buffing out the finish. re-apply with steel wool, rubbing it out and again following up with a soft cloth and buffing out the finish until you gain the disired satin oil finish.

ths stock is finished and ready to have the action and barrel and all the hardware re-installed.

hope this helps someone tackle refinishing a wood stock.

Edit: if dealing with a birch stock rather that nicer walnut, more coats may be required to gain a deeper depth of color due the grains of the wood.

i''l be happy to answer any questions or help anyone through this refinishing project.
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