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Old 05-11-2011, 10:28 AM
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Rifle stock refinishing project

I have decided to do a little project around the house while I am waiting for the weather to improve. I have decided that itís time to give my trusty Winchester 270 a face left. I refinished a stock on my Marlin .22 years ago and it turned out pretty good but I think that I sanded it down more than I really needed to. You can tell because some of the coroner have been rounded off and I have a bigger gap betwen the barrel and stock then I care for. Hay it was my first attempt and it does look better overall then it did before. Before I get started on the project I was wondering if any of you professionals out there had any tips or tricks that you would like to share.

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Old 05-12-2011, 08:17 AM
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Re: Rifle stock refinishing project

I am not a pro but have done a bunch of stocks. USE A SANDING BLOCK. That will keep you from rounding off sharp edges. To cut down on a lot of sanding use a liquid paint stripper and wash the old finish off. I like Birchwood Casey True Oil finish for wood stocks. Hand rub LIGHT coats and let dry for 24 hrs then lightly 000 steel wool then another light coat. 6 or 7 coats will look like the stock is under 1/2" of glass and it is really tough. If you want a satin finish just lightly rub the stock down with auto body polishing compound after your last coat. It will cut the shine off.
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Re: Rifle stock refinishing project

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I am not a pro but have done a bunch of stocks. USE A SANDING BLOCK. That will keep you from rounding off sharp edges. To cut down on a lot of sanding use a liquid paint stripper and wash the old finish off. I like Birchwood Casey True Oil finish for wood stocks. Hand rub LIGHT coats and let dry for 24 hrs then lightly 000 steel wool then another light coat. 6 or 7 coats will look like the stock is under 1/2" of glass and it is really tough. If you want a satin finish just lightly rub the stock down with auto body polishing compound after your last coat. It will cut the shine off.
Good advice!

I use this method for hand rubed finishes and use True oil or Formbies Tung oil.

For high gloss I use Permalyn because it is self leveling and is tough.

I also use 0000 after the second or third coat to level.Wet sanding will show the
little defects and do a good job (320 to 600 grit).

Good luck.

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:01 AM
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Re: Rifle stock refinishing project

Thanks for the replies. My dad is a carpenter and has a bunch of Minwax Polyurethane available that I could use for the final coating. The Polyurethane has seemed to work out great for his little home decor projects that he has done. What are your thoughts on using the Minwax Polyurethane vs. Birchwood Casey True Oil?

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Thanks for the replies. My dad is a carpenter and has a bunch of Minwax Polyurethane available that I could use for the final coating. The Polyurethane has seemed to work out great for his little home decor projects that he has done. What are your thoughts on using the Minwax Polyurethane vs. Birchwood Casey True Oil?

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The Polyurethane is a surface treatment and the true oil is more of a wood sealer and soaked in
deeper for a rubbed finish.

So it depends on what you like as far as finished look. The Permalyn I mentioned does the same as the poly but is easier to apply without brush stroke marks.

Polyurethane is a very tough finish but like any surface treatment it scratches easier and is
tough to repair. The one down side to Poly is that it yellows with age.

So if you want a beautiful stock or a durable one each type of finish has its strong points and
weaknesses.

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Old 05-16-2011, 04:53 PM
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Re: Rifle stock refinishing project

Well I worked on the stock most of the weekend and have it nearing completion. For my first major attempt at refinishing a stock I must say that I am pleased with how the stock is finishing up. I cannot say the same with the bedding. That was a whole new learning process that I will practice a couple time with my 22ís before I try it again. It was not a total disaster but it did not turn out as well as I had hoped. What I am trying to decide now is if I should go for a polish look to end the stock off with or a satin finish. How do you guys like your stocks polished finish or a satin finished?
Stock preperation (I put blue painters tap over the checkering so that I would not sand down the checkering. I also left the recoil pad attached so that I would not round the edges and so the pad would be sanded to to match the stock)

Stained (Pictures were take with cell phone. Sorry they are not very clear)


I will get a couple more pictures when she is all finished. 400bull
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Ya' didn't take your checkering tool and clean the old finish out! I found somone who didn't know the difference and gave them my quart of True Oil after I started using Pro Custom Oil. MUUUUCH nicer results for hand rubbed oil finish. A big part of the problem when refinishing arms of reasonably current manufactuer is the quality of the wood. Sometimes, it ain't even walnut!
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