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#3523289 - 12/30/13 09:24 PM Gloss to matte stock?
Hardwoodmaterials
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Has anyone tried making a high gloss laminate stock to a more matte finish with any success? I have one that shines like a new penny and would much prefer it to have a flatter finish. I was told to try some fine steel wool but I'm afraid it would turn out with a lot or swirl marks in the finish.
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#3523337 - 12/30/13 10:05 PM Re: Gloss to matte stock? [Re: Hardwoodmaterials]
Rubberduck270
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Burlap will knock the shine down too. Really any fine abrasive would knock the shine down but keep in mind you'll also be removing some of the finish. I like the gloss laminates though. Helps bring out the grains in the wood.
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#3523966 - 12/31/13 11:23 AM Re: Gloss to matte stock? [Re: Rubberduck270]
fastbs
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Fine steel wool will work nice with out leaving swirls. look for 000 or 0000 steel wool at your local hardware store.
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#3523994 - 12/31/13 11:43 AM Re: Gloss to matte stock? [Re: fastbs]
FULLDRAWXX75
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Be very careful on the edges as you may cut through the finish and down to bare/raw wood exposing it to the elements. A sure way to prevent that, remove the stock from the gun, strip all hardware off of it, sand it lightly with ultra fine sand paper and respray a new top coat of satin finish on it.

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Strip the gloss finish off and put a really nice hand rubbed tung oil finish back on, non gloss and really makes the wood pop.


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#3525050 - 01/01/14 12:11 AM Re: Gloss to matte stock? [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
gun nut
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Steel wool will work just fine when i built cabinets that's how we done some of them just make sure you go with the grain and not against it
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#3525127 - 01/01/14 06:28 AM Re: Gloss to matte stock? [Re: gun nut]
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I use 0000 steel wool and Birchwood Casey stock wax. Then buff it off with a cotton cloth. It will leave a butter smooth finish and gives it just the right look. The wax is a paste type and I am guessing any paste wax would work I just happen to have a bottle of the BWC. Here is a picture of a Mauser Sporter I am building that is done that way.

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#3525168 - 01/01/14 07:34 AM Re: Gloss to matte stock? [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
rem270
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 Originally Posted By: FULLDRAWXX75
Be very careful on the edges as you may cut through the finish and down to bare/raw wood exposing it to the elements. A sure way to prevent that, remove the stock from the gun, strip all hardware off of it, sand it lightly with ultra fine sand paper and respray a new top coat of satin finish on it.

OR

Strip the gloss finish off and put a really nice hand rubbed tung oil finish back on, non gloss and really makes the wood pop.


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