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JimGamblain2 01-27-2012 09:27 PM

Stock refinishing
Wanted to ask if there is a few folks who have refinished stocks for a Mosin nagant 91-30 . I want to start by using 100 grit paper and move up to 500 grit be for adding clear varnish and a lacquer clear coat. I want to go with a natural wood grain finish. Does this sound like a good way to do it. Any tips are helpful.

downsouth 01-27-2012 10:32 PM

Hey Jim, seems like you are embarking on a worthy project. There is a thread about this very same thing with lots of good ideas and pics. I'm sure some of those guys will chime in on your thread. If you are impatient just search the data base.

Also I noticed this is your first post, welcome to the forum. I would incourage you to go to the introductions section so you can get a proper howdy and a slap on the back. Again welcome, ds

Sarge22 01-28-2012 12:38 PM

Your plan is basically sound, but I would change the finish of choice. Spar varnish would be better.

JimGamblain2 01-28-2012 10:08 PM

Thanks for the help. I have gotten the old finish off, Now need to get the rest of the cosmo out of the wood. I have been using a hair but I have noticed that it really doesnt get hot enough to sweat it out. Cant fit it in the oven and dont have a fireplace to hang it in front of. Is there a chemical degreaser that wont harm or stain the wood?

Sarge22 01-29-2012 11:46 PM

Whiting. Check out Brownells or Midway for it.

TheOldMan 02-08-2012 02:58 PM

I know I'm gonna get some negative feedback on this but here it is anyway:p

I have used Easy Off oven cleaner with great success... Used properly and paying attention not to let it sit for very long, will not harm the wood in any way. I've restored many milsurps using this process.. Others I've been able to slip into the dishwasher for a good cleaning but for the long stocked rifles, the Easy Off has been the ticket... I let it sit for around 30 mins then wash down with "hot" water.. I let it dry for a bit then check to see if another application is needed. Most times, the cosmo will be gone after the first try but I have had some that needed a second round with the spray cleaner.

I use the unscented variety since I do this in a downstairs shower (spare bathroom) and don't want to smell the place up or get the wife mad at me:)

I finish off my stocks with a hand rubbed BLO finish (boiled lindseed oil).

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