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Old 02-25-2014, 05:26 PM
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Refinishing gunstock


looking for a bit of advise on refinishing an older Remington 700 Wood sock.
I've read thru several how to's here and they have been helpful...
except what to use to get the old hard clear finish off the stock?

I have tried the citrus stuff, and 2 other kinds of varnish/paint/stain remover and not having much luck.

Any suggestions?

The stock is off an Remington 700 ADL . 1990 ish.

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Old 02-25-2014, 09:46 PM
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:39 PM
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Re: Refinishing gunstock

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Old 02-26-2014, 09:02 AM
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Re: Refinishing gunstock

If you have a really tough finish try easy off oven cleaner or some of the commercial paint removers. after you remove all of the finish wash the stock good and let dry, use a tooth brush on the checkering to clean it,then use wet or dry sandpaper to remove any dents or scratches. Let dry for several days and you are ready to apply the finish.

Use fine steel wool between coats (oooo) to smooth even more.

Just one way that works for me

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Old 02-26-2014, 10:47 AM
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Re: Refinishing gunstock

I have read a lot of how to's but it seemed like sand paper was the last resort to taking off the old hard finish so I thought I would ask before going there.

The finish is like a clear polyeurathane or something that just doesnt want to come off.

what about the checkering?

I would like to take me time and do a good job but this is trying my patience so far.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:11 PM
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Re: Refinishing gunstock

I found that with the paint stripper I used that if I let it sit for a few minutes before trying to remove the old finish it helped.

As J E CUSTOM pointed out, sandpaper is your friend!!

I followed the instructions on Birchwood Casey website under resources tab at the top, you can download the PDF and print it out. Worked wonders on any wood I've redone!!

Good luck!!
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:13 AM
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Re: Refinishing gunstock

If the regular paint strippers won't work after letting them sit a while, go down to your local auto parts store and ask for a can of "aircraft stripper".
You may have to order it, depending on where you live. I've sprayed that stuff on epoxy coated scuba tanks, waited five minutes and then washed all the epoxy off with a garden hose!
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