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Old 12-10-2010, 02:22 PM   #21
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Hey guys, I wasn't referring directly about the AK pictured above. That AK looks fantastic and the color is superb! Most of my firearms do have a finish that is a notch or two above their original finish---some with dings and some without. A lot of folks, IMHO, over sand their "military" wood using superfine sandpapers as if they were refinishing antique mahogany tables, and then they put a super gloss finish on it. I see it all the time at gun shows and such. Now, I will use superfine abrasives, steel wool, etc, and even polishing compounds on my final finish coat, weather it be shellac or an oil type finish. A deep polished luster looks good, too and so does a low sheen hand rubbed wax finish. I was just trying to say that a super glossy plastic looking finish is more appropriate when shooting with the patch on the elbows, crowd. Pull!
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:24 PM   #22
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I've never been a big fan on the high gloss finishes either unless the gun came that way from the factory. All of the weapons that I restore never came that way to start with.

The highest I go is burnish the wood with 0000 steel wool then a couple hand rubbed coats of BLO. I did, however, restore an A5 Browning recently applying a high gloss finish to it before giving it back to the client but that's how it came originally from the Browning factory.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by csapow View Post
They all look good. What did you do to get the red AK color?
Thanks. I used Minwax sedona red stain.
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:38 AM   #24
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To strip I would use Ready Strip it is nontoxic and can be reused.

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