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M1a stock refinish needed

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Salps, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    Looking for someone to refinish my M1a stock I purchased from Fred's stock recently. Stock is in great shape, just want a different finish on it.
     
  2. Tigershark

    Tigershark Stanwood Member

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    Too bad I didn't catch you in July. If you still need it done, get back to me.
     
  3. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the offer. I just started doing it myself today. If it doesn't turn out like I want, I will get back to you.
     
  4. Tigershark

    Tigershark Stanwood Member

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    No problem. PM me and I'll give you my number.
     
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    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    It would be a good time to have the action bedded.
     
  6. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Steam out any dents or scrapes first.. use a tea pot
     
  7. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    I will post pics when I'm done. Looks great so far for my first one.

    Here's a pic w/ factory stock.

    IMG_2127.jpg
     
  8. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I took the walnut off mine and camo-ed up a Vietnam era fiberglass stock. not pretty but hard to see :cool:
     
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  9. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    I hope to paint the factory stock sometime soon. Have to find something that will adhere to plastic factory stock well. Any idea's would be great...
     
  10. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was fortunate to have a fiberglass stock on my issue weapon in the Army. Loved that stock, I felt that it improved the handling charistics of the rifle considerably! Helped out my small hands.
     
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  11. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I dunno about the factory stock but spray mil spec camo paints worked on mine. I used native ferns, leaves and such as spray templates
     
  12. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Krylon Fusion is designed for plastic. My only experience is painting plastic planters, covered fine and I got about 1 1/2 yrs out of them outdoors in all weather.
     
  13. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    IMG_2181.jpg

    Finished stock
     
  14. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    On badly battered stocks I start buy sanding off the old varnish/paint with 250 grit. Throw it in the dish washer using the heat dry mode. Then let it dry completely.
    Sand lightly to knock down the raised grain. Stain if desired. And apply several coats of boiled linseed oil.
    This method can damage any cartouches in the wood. So I'm less aggressive on those stocks. And use a wet towel, and my wife's clothes iron to remove the worst dents.
    I've done a few. And there is a learning curve.