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dragunovsks 10-20-2008 12:38 AM

SKS refinish
I'm thinking of refinishing the stock for my Yugo SKS, I've had it for several years and the cosmo is long gone (the previous owner who is a friend of mine took care of removing all cosmo). What would be the first step in starting the refinishing process?

Southern6er 10-20-2008 01:16 PM

I'd still strip it down a bit using Turpentine to get any current finishes off. Once the wood is dried, are you wanting to stain it? Varnish?

I use Tom's 1/3 Military mix in a natural color (doesn't really stain) and it's a combination of Turp, BLO, and bee's wax. I'm sure is some other stuff in there too, but it doesn't really darken the wood. He has a darker version available too and I've heard good things about it.

And the stuff is really inexpensive from

dragunovsks 10-22-2008 12:10 AM

I'm not sure whether I want to stain or varnish it yet. I saw an interesting SKS stock on in which a guy used a small propane torch to burn the stock in several areas and then sealed it. It really was pretty cool how he did it. I was thinking of stripping the current finish with turpintine and then doing some real light sanding (hand sanding of course) to git rid of some of the roughness.

Southern6er 10-24-2008 06:32 PM

Understand ya there... Here's how it looked after initial cleaning with just some restor-a-finish done to it.

here's how my stock is today after using that natural mix...

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