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Old 10-06-2013, 07:13 PM   #11
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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.
Cranberry was the color?
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Yes cranberry was the color if the water based stain. I don't have the stain any more and can't remember the brand. I just applied a single cost if it over the dried mahogany stain from minwax. After everything was dry I began applying coats of polyurethane.
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Yes cranberry was the color if the water based stain. I don't have the stain any more and can't remember the brand. I just applied a single cost if it over the dried mahogany stain from minwax. After everything was dry I began applying coats of polyurethane.
so mahogony then cranberry? Or was it originally mahogany? Mine is unfinished .
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I completely stripped the furniture if any paint, stain, varnish, etc. using a chemical stripper.

Let that dry.

Used fine sandpaper just to smooth things out.

Used tack cloth to remove dust.

I applied minwax mahogany. (A couple if coats.)

Let that dry a day or two.

Then applied one coat of the water based cranberry colored stain.

Let that dry overnight.

Then applied polyurethane according to instructions.

Took 0000 steel wool to the poly after it dried, and buffed lightly to make the finish more matte than gloss.
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If I may offer my guidance.

When I refinished my AKM and others, I used a citrus based stripper since I do all my work indoors. I apply it as many times as needed to get it down to bare wood. In between each treatment I wash the wood with a eco friendly paint thinner that I buy from Wally World, (again, no odor) and let it air dry each time. Once the the natural wood shows through, I use a damp cloth and a clothes iron to raise any dents and fill any gouges with the appropriate wood filler if necessary. Once this is done I then take some Tru-Oil and hand rub it onto the wood. It puts a thin coat on the wood and I usually put three coats on it. It usually takes me a month to do all of this. I guess that you could say that I am meticulous (or anal) about my work.

If this is something that you want to try, PM me and I will walk you through it step by step since I did not do it here.
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I completely stripped the furniture if any paint, stain, varnish, etc. using a chemical stripper.

Let that dry.

Used fine sandpaper just to smooth things out.

Used tack cloth to remove dust.

I applied minwax mahogany. (A couple if coats.)

Let that dry a day or two.

Then applied one coat of the water based cranberry colored stain.

Let that dry overnight.

Then applied polyurethane according to instructions.

Took 0000 steel wool to the poly after it dried, and buffed lightly to make the finish more matte than gloss.
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Thanks man! I did as you said. I first went with red mohogony, I went over that with cabernet to give it a touch of red. I have got a coat of poly on and will do 2 more as they dry. Heres some pics. There are before and after in messed up order.
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If I may offer my guidance.

When I refinished my AKM and others, I used a citrus based stripper since I do all my work indoors. I apply it as many times as needed to get it down to bare wood. In between each treatment I wash the wood with a eco friendly paint thinner that I buy from Wally World, (again, no odor) and let it air dry each time. Once the the natural wood shows through, I use a damp cloth and a clothes iron to raise any dents and fill any gouges with the appropriate wood filler if necessary. Once this is done I then take some Tru-Oil and hand rub it onto the wood. It puts a thin coat on the wood and I usually put three coats on it. It usually takes me a month to do all of this. I guess that you could say that I am meticulous (or anal) about my work.

If this is something that you want to try, PM me and I will walk you through it step by step since I did not do it here.
Thanks man. This is my first Ak and I wanted to go kind of cheap on it. This one is going to be kind of a beater. Maybe one day Ill put some real work into it. Sounds like you know ur ****.
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Thanks man! I did as you said. I first went with red mohogony, I went over that with cabernet to give it a touch of red. I have got a coat of poly on and will do 2 more as they dry. Heres some pics. There are before and after in messed up order.
Looking good.

I found the poly to be quicker than the oil rubbed stocks. I've done them but like you, I figured that an AK didn't really need the time.
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When I refinished my AKM and others, I used a citrus based stripper since I do all my work indoors. I apply it as many times as needed to get it down to bare wood. In between each treatment I wash the wood with a eco friendly paint thinner that I buy from Wally World, (again, no odor) and let it air dry each time. Once the the natural wood shows through, I use a damp cloth and a clothes iron to raise any dents and fill any gouges with the appropriate wood filler if necessary. Once this is done I then take some Tru-Oil and hand rub it onto the wood. It puts a thin coat on the wood and I usually put three coats on it. It usually takes me a month to do all of this. I guess that you could say that I am meticulous (or anal) about my work.

If this is something that you want to try, PM me and I will walk you through it step by step since I did not do it here.
I like the oil finishes too. And can vouch for this method if you wang a really high quality finish.
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I like the oil finishes too. And can vouch for this method if you wang a really high quality finish.
I Had this done because I wanted a "darker" color to my M1A1,..but have since had it restored to the orig. color....
I'd like to do this on a future purchase though.
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