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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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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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I made the steel butt plate fit by carefully chiseling away the buttstock surface until I got the buttstock plate to fit. I should have tested the steel buttstock plate before I started staining and using the wipe-on poly.

I spent more on buying the refinishing products that what the mil-surplus wood furniture cost. I cleaning kit hole lines up fine and tested the cleaning kit access several times to be sure the spring is working correctly.

I am staining the buttstock ends and I will but 2 or 3 coats of stain and the put a few coats of wipe-on poly on the buttstock ends as well.
 

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That came out really good. So, just to make sure I understand, you sanded with 120/200 first, then applied pre-stain?
 
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That came out really good. So, just to make sure I understand, you sanded with 120/200 first, then applied pre-stain?
Yes I started with 120 sandpaper and then used a finer 220 sandpaper. I used pre-stain and waited 30 minutes and then put my first coat of stain on.
 
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I put the hand guard and wooden furniture up front and everything fits. However the buttstock is very tough to get in. I am using a rubber deadblow hammer and could not get the buttstock in. Drove the buttstock out by using a towel secured with painter tape and spent a good hour driving the buttstock out.

I took some 220 sandpaper and sanded the buttstock where it goes into the rifle. I was careful not to get any stain or wipe-on poly on the stock. Still doesn’t go in. I guess I need to drive buttstock out again and do some more sanding on the mount point instead.

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So have hit my buttstock more than 1000 times after I took the picture of before. I drove if it half the distance now but it still not not go in fully. I am using and 18oz rubber mallet. Every day when I get home I do 200 mallet whacks. :oops:

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There still bit of room inside the rifle that still can drive it in.
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I have almost have hole in the towel protecting the stock.

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