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Old 10-05-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Since some furniture on some AKs are a little rough does it take anything away from value to sand and stain it? mine is a little rough and could use some going over with fine sand paper and maybe stain.

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Old 10-05-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Dont sand it, use a furniture stripper and a soft nylon type brush to remove the finish.

Check out Axxe's thread on Bolt action rifles, post 109 and beyond.
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/bolt-action-rifles-92316/index3.html

Unless your AK is an original milled receiver brought back from Viet Nam or other, and not a stamped receiver, the value shouldn't depreciate much at all since there are millions of them out there. It will make you happier to have it a finish you have done though

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Doent even seem to be finished at all. Very rough to the touch. Looks to have not been finished.

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There is a great joy to be had when refinishing a stock or furniture etc. I'd go for it. Aks should be a piece of cake. to do. Im partial to the red tint to the stocks, find a color or natural tone to your liking, and do it.

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I bought a WASR 10/63 at a pawn shop that had been completely spray painted black. I did what Anna is recommending, and used a chemical paint stripper on the whole gun. I did use a little fine sandpaper to get the wood a little smoother. I used two different stains to get my color to the right blend if red and brown for my taste, and restained the wood.

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Of course in my case it wasn't going to make the value any lower than the runny black spray paint job that the previous owner had subjected it to. The key is to not remove wood or change shape, but just to smooth it. Fine sandpaper after you strip the wood.

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I have used citri strip with good luck did a once over with 320 sand paper stained and used min wax wipe in poly and used 0000 steel wool in between the coats of poly

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I bought a WASR 10/63 at a pawn shop that had been completely spray painted black. I did what Anna is recommending, and used a chemical paint stripper on the whole gun. I did use a little fine sandpaper to get the wood a little smoother. I used two different stains to get my color to the right blend if red and brown for my taste, and restained the wood.

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That is beautiful. That is the color I was thinking.
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That is where I have seen that before, Thanks Doc, ive always loved the redder ones. BTw, i once saved it as a screen lock pic on my Ipod if ya dont mind ?
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That is where I have seen that before, Thanks Doc, ive always loved the redder ones. BTw, i once saved it as a screen lock pic on my Ipod if ya dont mind ?
Don't mind at all. I had it as my phone background for a while.

The finish was a couple coats of minwax mahogany, and after it dried I used a water based stain that was "cranberry" for a single coat to bring the red out. Then minwax, hand rubbed poly.
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