stock refinish

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by rtg, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. rtg

    rtg
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    I am looking to refinish a old stock that has lots of pressure marks and gouges. Is there a way to lift the pressure marks and fill what I cant? what is the best filler that you cant see or hard to see? Thanks
     
  2. Rick4070

    Rick4070
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    If the marks are dents in the wood, with no wood missing, you can try raising them with steam, an iron with a wet cotton rag under it, steam from a tea kettle, etc.
    You might have to carefully scrape some of the original finish out of the dent so the steam will penetrate.
    If there is wood missing, you can try mixing up some sanding dust from a like colored wood, or from the stock itself, with some epoxy, and filling the gouges with that, sanding down after drying.
    If the wood dust is the same color, it will be hard to see.
     
  3. Blitzkrieg

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    + 1 to steaming, it works well, just be patient
     
  4. DieselScout

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    Here's a video by Larry Potterfield (MidwayUSA's owner)

    At about the nine minute mark he talks about raising the dents with steam. The entire video is about stock restoration.

    Midway Stock Restoration
     
  5. rtg

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    Very good video!! Thanks
     
  6. Velzey

    Velzey
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    For stock filler you can take off the buttpad and drill small holes till you get the amount of wood needed. Put the pad back on and you never know..
     
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  7. Blitzkrieg

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    I would think in that case you would want to epoxy the holes back up for strength
     
  8. NWCustomFirearms

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    I 2nd the steam . For smaller dents I use a wet rag and a wood burner or a soldering iron with a flat point.
     
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