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Refinishing a Mosin Nagant Stock.

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Fwdftw, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Fwdftw

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    What type of stain do i need to use to get this type of finish? Ive seen several youtube videos about using boiling water/ krud remover / etc for getting everything off and ironing out the dents. I can get it to bare wood.. but im wanting this type of finish on it.

    very light looking smooth finish

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    pictured borrowed from Google Images:wavey:
     
  2. TN.Frank

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    I've always used boiled linseed oil to refinish stocks. I normally hand rub the oil into the stock, work it until the wood gets warm so the oil will soak in good(man, that sounds dirty,LOL) then set it aside to dry over night. Do that about 3 or 4 times then let it dry good and buff it up with a soft cloth. Be VERY CAREFUL with the handguard(part of the stock that goes on top of the barrel) because they're very thin and will crack easily. Good luck and be sure to post before and after pic.
     


  3. Fwdftw

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    Will do frank. My stock is in ROUGH shape finish wise but the bore is excellent
     
  4. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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    The last MN rifle that I got had somekind of funky varnish on it and it was really bad looking. Took quite a while with the ol' steel wool to get down to wood then 3 coats of Boiled Linseed Oil made it really look great. Gives it a nice, satin finish. Nice thing about an oil finish is that if you get a scratch in it you can just rub some more oil into it and it'll disappear. Try doing that with one of these new fangled plastic spray on finishes,LOL.
     
  5. Fwdftw

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    Yea mine ill take pics of later , its rubbing off in spots. Plan is to use hot water and some it is removed and a iron to take the dents out get it to bare wood . Go 120 , the 300 ish to fine tune it . Then hit it when the linseed what should I seal it with or just linseed oil ?
     
  6. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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    Don't know how rough your stock is but I'd avoid the sand paper and just stick with steel wool. Don't want to take off too much wood, just the finish. Steel wool is great for doing that.
     
  7. Fwdftw

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    Sorry to dig a old thread up..But i never got around to doing this till now.

    Could i use some other sort of degreaser like the orange stuff from the dollar store? What actually eats off the old finish in the Krud Cutter stuff? Who has done this before. Id love some suggestions!
     
  8. Foxtrotx1

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    Thank you! Stained it and gloss finished it. You could matt it as well.
     
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  9. M&P Shooter

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    Stripped my stock with hours of sanding with light paper and patience. 2 coats Min-Wax Red Sedona oil stain then 14 coats of Birchwood Casey's Tru-Oil. Bolt polished and metal reblued using Birchwood Casey's super blue.

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    Here's my M38 reblued metal, stock sanded and left natural wood, sealed in 14 coats of Tru-oil.
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  10. Fwdftw

    Fwdftw

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    My main question is could I use a generic degreaser to get the old finish off? I see people use oven cleaner but I've read things like that's not good for the wood etc

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  11. Foxtrotx1

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    Either way it's going to require elbow grease. That jascoe stuff in my photo did most of the work without hurting the wood. You could watch it bubble and eat the finish off.
     
  12. M&P Shooter

    M&P Shooter Metal Member

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    The best way is to bake off old finish in oven then scrap, then sand. Some people make a heat chamber out of a piece of metal duck with 100 watt bulbs fitted in cuts in duct and a drip pan at bottom.
     
  13. janice6

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    Try Lacquer thinner. I use it often. If I don't want to take off the stain, I use Enamel Reducer.

    Many commercial products use Methylene Chloride. It causes the finish to bubble off too.

    Watch out for the fumes.
     
  14. Fwdftw

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    It will defiantly be done outside guys no worries there.
     
  15. Bob Hafler

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    I used mineral sprits on mine to remove the varnish. Worked good but very time consuming.
     
  16. Fine job sir! Looks great.




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