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Starting to refinish my Romanian AK-47 stock set

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Almost got all of the heavy varnish off of the buttstock now. Maybe one or two coats of varnish remover to go then I will start the sanding process.

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Compared to this before I started:

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Formbys Funiture Refinisher sweat it apply sweat and finish with tung oil.
Visit BiMart. For these things. Did three Fal kits and it works great. Gets heavy cosmoline out of the wood .Very volatile through best in an outside location with slight wind and USE gloves. 0000 steel wool.
 
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Formbys Funiture Refinisher sweat it apply sweat and finish with tung oil.
Visit BiMart. For these things. Did three Fal kits and it works great. Gets heavy cosmoline out of the wood .Very volatile through best in an outside location with slight wind and USE gloves. 0000 steel wool.
I am using the instructions given on the WASR-10 website for the wood furniture refinishing project.

Refinishing AK-47 Woodwork | WASR-10.COM
 

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It did say tung oil as an alternative, I wouldn’t use 100 grit you just have more sanding to get the “line scratches” out.
I would still use the Formbys Furn. Refinisher solvent to remove all that grease, not gel and water! I put it behind a wood stove till about 95 degrees then take it outside and clean with the solvent ; then repeat ; then repeat Do this until no more grease comes out, let dry for a day or two then see if any grease wet spots come out if so repeat. Dry then tung steel wool then tung wool tung. Dry for probably four days. Wax with bees wax ( Michaels craft store sells blocks of it) good waterproofing on any wood hunting stock. Or on the barrel to wood gap on a rifle you will be taking into snow(deep). Good Luck
 
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The varnish is gone now but the stain is still on. I guess a good light sanding is in order now with various grades from 120 to 220 grain sandpaper.

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I used my drill to make the slot a bit bigger to accommodate the standard retention bracket since Romanian buttstock used a smaller retention bracket by default. It took a good hour to make the bracket fit. I do fairly careful work.


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Applied Minwax pre-stain to my wood furniture first, and than after 10 minutes wiped any pre-stain off. Then after 30 minutes put the first stain on. I think I need to put some more stain on after 4-6 hours. Probably will do it tomorrow. The stock pieces are really dry and there no stain that failed soak in.

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I applied 5 coats of MinWax Gunsight 231 and the applied 5 coats Wipe-On Poly Clear Satin. I let wipe-on poly dry for 3 hours or more and the took 0000 steel wool lightly sanded them. I then used an air compressor to blow the dust off and reapplied the Wipe-on Poly. I will let them dry for a few days before I put new furniture on.

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One thing I do notice is that buttstock end cap is a bit too small. Do they make various end caps for the AK-47? This is a Romanian buttstock.

Here is the picture:

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