Gun Stock Refinishing
Refinishing gun stocks can be some trouble if you have never refinished one before. I thought I would give some tips to help. First you need to get your materials to do the job right. If you don’t have everything you need, make sure you don’t skip any steps before going on to the next. Here is a list of Items you will need.
- Varnish remover
- Toothbrush if your stock has checkering
- Iron and hand towel
- Sand paper 220 grit and finer
- Sanding block
- Steel wool
- Lint free cloth
Stripping The Stock
First use the varnish remover to get the old coating and stain off. Just follow the directions, all varnish removers are not the same. If the stock has checkering use the toothbrush to get into the cracks. Never use a metal or brass brush, it will scratch the stock.
Removing Dent’s and Flaws
After stripping the stock, dampen the hand towel and iron the stock. Be sure to keep the towel between the iron and stock. By doing this it kind of steams the wood and raises the wood grain. You can iron out small dents and flaws this way without a lot of sanding.
Sanding The Stock
Next, when you sand your stock use the sanding block as much as possible. If you use your hand will cause low spots where the wood is softer. Start with the 220 grit sand paper and keep sanding with finer grades until you have got the gun stock as smooth as you would like. Be careful not to round off the sharp edges of the butt of the gun. You can help prevent this by putting on a old butt plate or taping several layers of masking tape on the butt plate area.
Applying Your Stain
After the sanding is done and your ready to apply your stain. Choose which stain you would like to use. Always test a small area first. You can do this by testing a spot under the butt-plate or rifle barrel. After applying the stain you want to use, go over the gun stock with the steel wool. It will not remove any wood just takes any fuzz off the stock.
Applying Your Finish
Next you will want to find the finish you want to use. I personally prefer Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil Gun Stock Finish. Take the Tru Oil and rub it on with a lint free cloth. Let it dry, it takes time, but after every coat I used the steel wool and rubbed it over the gun stock. Repeat this 8 to 10 times, and you should have a great looking gun stock. I refinished a Shotgun stock and it turned out great. Who knows your friends might want you to show them how to do some gun stock refinishing.