Originally Posted by Nodak7mm
Picked up a used rifle, the previous owner "attempted" to bed it and did a sloppy job. It appers that he handled the stock with bedding coumpound on his fingers and "smeared" or "boogered" the finish with bedding compound. Short of stripping the entire stock, looking for ideas to remove problem areas without wrecking or at least minimalizing damge to finish. Current finish is satin. (Hope this is an appropriate forum for this)?
Depends on what compound was used and how bad the slop is. If it's minor, do it by hand with sandpaper CAREFULLY!
Then of course you'll have to re-touch the spot you just sanded. Personally I'm very fast with a rotary tool which I used constantly, but one little "Oops" and you're into another area of "stripping and refinishing" the stock. Hand sanding is more controllable if you're not experienced with rotary tools.
I have an M14 stock with the worst bedding job I've seen and expect to waste about 2 days on clearing out a bad bedding job since it's such a nice stock. Sigh.