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#933931 - 09/25/08 10:23 AM Refinishing a Gun Stock

Registered: 06/15/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Tn, putnam

Does anyone have any pointers on how to redo a gun stock I have and old rifle and the finish looks terrible was hoping might be able to get some advice

#933970 - 09/25/08 10:42 AM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: midman]
4 Point

Registered: 12/13/01
Posts: 220
Loc: Shelbyville, TN

get the old varnish off, sand real good and put about 15 coats of tru-oil on it. It works great. I just refinished a Remington 700. I even added a little personal touch by woodburning a deer head in the stock and put my initials on it which are the same as my son's. So I will be able to pass down something personal to him as well.
#934732 - 09/25/08 07:51 PM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/20/04
Posts: 14240
Loc: Cumberland Plateau

That's the way I've done a few of them. It works great as long as you like a shiny finish on your stock.
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#954770 - 10/06/08 06:50 PM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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Registered: 06/16/08
Posts: 407
Loc: southern middle TN

What did you use on the 12 ga I have now chad? It's not too shiney.
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#959640 - 10/08/08 07:34 PM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: winchester77]
8 Point

Registered: 08/11/02
Posts: 1190
Loc: The Republic of East TN

Use a tack cloth to get garbage off between coats of tru oil
#1087577 - 12/16/08 05:30 PM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: midman]
In the Cross Hairs
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 268
Loc: Cumberland Co. TN

 Originally Posted By: midman
Does anyone have any pointers on how to redo a gun stock I have and old rifle and the finish looks terrible was hoping might be able to get some advice

You can buy a Birchwood Casey tru oil refinishing kit from Bass Pro . It takes a little time to refinish a stock ......but it is well worth it . You need to also get some fine and extra fine steel wool , and some tack cloth.
If you don't like the gloss look you can use the Stock sheen & conditioner ( included in the kit ) for a satin finish on your stock. ( directions in the kit )
There are some tricks to prep .... such as removing shallow dings or scratches with a household clothes iron and a wet towel ( this will remove minor imperfections ) .
I found the best way to strip the old finish off is with a product called Citristrip ( Walmart usually ) . Spray it on and let it sit for the recomended time and scrape the stock with a flexible piece of plastic ( I use a piece cut from a Mayfield Milk jug ) . And wear rubber gloves. You can lightly sand the stock before tru oiling .... but becareful not to sand too much , especially if you are applying stain ( it will make the stain uneven in apperance ) .
I have made some sick stocks look new or better than new . Hope this helps !
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#1087750 - 12/16/08 06:45 PM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: In the Cross Hairs]
12 Point

Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 6265
Loc: Adirondack Mtns, NY

I have refinished nearly all my stocks with the except of my newer guns.

I start off by disassembling the gun(remove all wood pieces) purchase either the spray on or gel finish stripper and apply a good coat and let sit until the finish starts to blister. I scrap as much bulk stripper off with a plastic scrapper and reapply stripper if not all the finish is desolved.

I use course steel wool & a tooth brush to remove any remaining stripper left in the checking and on the stock. Let dry over night and go over again with steel wool the next day to get any dried remains.

I will then wipe the wood down with a cloth dipped in hot water, this will raise the grain of the wood and open the pours. Let sit overnight and sand lightly to get rid of the grain, (be very careful around the edges and the checking when sanding) Repeat this step every day until the grain no longer raises, at that point the wood is ready to be refinished.

Remember to "ALWAYS" sand with the grain, never against. The wood will naturally darken when a finish is applied so if you don't like a dark color don't stain it.

I rub down the stock with ulta fine steel wool and wipe with a tack cloth then apply a heavy coat of warm Tung Oil and let it set over night. The next day fine steel wool and tack cloth and continue to repeat for about 6-8 coats.

Tung Oil is a wonderful finish and with leave a satin finish on the wood. I dries to a very hard finish in the wood.

Good luck


Edited by FULLDRAWXX75 (12/16/08 06:47 PM)
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#1089388 - 12/17/08 02:31 PM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
10 Point

Registered: 09/02/08
Posts: 2933
Loc: Maury Co

I sold my old Marlin 30-30 to a tndeer forum member,and he refinished it in cherry. Sent me a pic,and it looks great.
Glad he has it,and it's not still in my closet. Think his tndeer name is highway. May want to send him a PM.

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#1091750 - 12/18/08 09:22 PM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: LCU]
ol 'rube
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 1828
Loc: goodlettsville

got pics
patience will always payoff !!!

#1119336 - 01/08/09 08:42 AM Re: Refinishing a Gun Stock [Re: ol 'rube]
8 Point

Registered: 02/09/05
Posts: 1802
Loc: Hickman County, TN

I like to use synthetic abrasive pads (Scotchbrite, etc.) instead of steel wool. They come in different "grits" - the grey ones are about equivalent to 0000 steel wool (fine) and work great for smoothing between coats of finish. One of the main advantages is that there is no possibility of leaving any steel fibers in the grain of the stock, which can rust and discolor the wood when exposed to moisture over time. You can get the pads at woodworking stores like Woodcraft.

To get that really deep satin sheen, a couple of weeks or more after your last application of finish (it needs to be COMPLETELY dry and hard to give the best result), you can make a slurry of super fine pumice and mineral oil and rub out the stock with a 2"x2" piece of the completely nonabrasive pad (they are white). Don't use a lot of pressure, and rub in a circular pattern over the entire stock. It can be a little tricky to do the areas around checkering, but it really does give it that special look.

Waterlox original oil finish is what I have been using on mine lately - it forms an even harder and more water-resistant finish than Tru-oil, and you only need to apply 6 or so coats to get a beautiful and durable finish.

I build furniture for myself and friends as a hobby, and on special pieces (jewelry boxes and such) I use this method of finishing and people are pretty well pleased.

These aren't very good pictures, but here are a couple of my guns I refinished.

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