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Stock Refinishing Question

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by RedneckRampage, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking about refinishing the stock on my M700, question is, how do I sand the checkering, without removing it or messing it up?
     
  2. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    If you don't have checkering tools, you'll have to use a chemical stripper and brushes.
     
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  3. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Ok, that makes sense.
     
  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Stay completely away from the checkering unless you want to remove it, Screw it all up, or Pay someone to recut it.

    I always cover the checking with 3-4 layers of blue tape before sanding anywhere around it as a safety measure.
     
  5. NWCustomFirearms

    NWCustomFirearms Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Do what mark says . I've refinished many stocks and unless you plan on recutting the checking 3-4 layers of blue tape and still be careful when sanding around it.
     
  6. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    There is a complete video from either Brownells, or Midway from start to finish. It was very interesting to watch the amount of detail that went into it.

    The rewards are yours for the taking.
     
  7. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Cover the checkering with tape (heavy tape or multi-layered) and be careful when sanding. Once the stock is sounded, use a chemical stripper (the only time I actually use chemical stripper on stocks is with checkering) and a toothbrush. I like stiff bristled tooth brushes. Be patient and take your time.
     
  8. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    The OP didn't specify if his Remington has cut checkering or the early, less nice, pressed in reverse checkering.
    If its the pressed type light sanding won't do much harm, but you'd still need to clean it out.
    Years ago, I refinished the stocks on am 1100 that had the pressed checkering.
    It was actually fairly easy to follow the pattern with checkering tools to turn it into real cut checkering.
     
  9. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    brownells has the "dembart" tools, you'll need a handle, cutting heads, and a lot of patience. A toothbrush will help clean away debris. Do it last after sanding the stock. after the finish is on the rest of the stock and dry, treat the raw wood of the checkering with boiled linseed oil, use another toothbrush.

    Redneck, I don't sand stocks, or use chemicals to remove the old finish. I shave the old finish off using either the side edge of a wood chisel (not the "blade" edge), or picture frame glass (dangerous, not for the amateur). It scrapes off the finish, and with practice virtually no wood (Less than sandpaper!!). Really old school, had a hungarian gunsmith show me how years ago.

    I can now strip a stock in less than an hour. It still takes some sandpaper for the hard to get spots, but not much.