refinishing a mosin

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sagenodland, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

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    I was bored and noticed my mosin stock was already dinged up :eek:

    So i took a heat gun and stripped the cosmoline from it and went sanding from there

    I went up to a 220 grit sandpaper and then used some steel wool to smooth it out

    I just stained it and i am waiting for it to dry so i can put a verithane finish on it

    And yes i will post pictures :p

    What's your guys way of refinishing a milsulp rifle?
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I used acetone and steel wool to strip it, stained it with a cheap colonial walnut stain, no further finish. Turned out pretty good I think.
     

  3. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

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    No further finish? :eek:

    What about waterproofing?
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    None. I even carried it in the rain while hunting recently and the water just rolled off. It may be a multi purpose thing I used, but I don't even know, I just wanted to get rid of the red color and quick.
     
  5. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    What color are the stocks suppose to be? Mines getting ragged looking, and it just sits in the case most of the time...
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    They are a reddish color. I don't know of that color is original or not, but all rearsenaled rifles are redthey get real damn close to lipstick red in some cases.
     
  7. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    I didn't want to change my first Mosin I just wanted it to renew it. I stripped it with mineral spirits and steel wool, then steamed all of the dings and dents out. I tried to reproduce the color with a walnut and bloodbay mahogany mix. It looks 90% better and very close to origional. Not the rearsenaled orange. It was never rearsenaled.
     
  8. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Fuzzy cell phone pic, but it conveys the color I went with.
     

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  9. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

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    Should i do a linseed oil finish or verethane final finish?
     
  10. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I wouldn't know, but a lot of people swear by linseed oil.
     
  11. Dino1

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    I'm in the process of refinishing the stock on my Cimarron 1892.
    The stock it came with was much too light for my liking, so I stained it with Minwax "ebony" and now the color is exactly how I want it.

    I have used Tru-Oil in the past, though not over stain.
    I would apply several thin coats and use 0000 steel wool between each coat.
    This really helped fill and seal the grain nicely, and on the very last coat, I used the steel wool and just applied bees wax to give it a nice sheen.

    This is how this process turned out on a guitar I built.
    The wood is Padaulk (no stain).

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    Now, I considered this same process for my gun stock, but unfortunately, using steel wool will remove the stain (I tried it). :(

    This is where i am now with the stock ...

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    Ultimately, I want to achieve a flat finish (not gloss) to protect the stain and weatherize the stock, but I'm not sure what to use.
    Tru-oil works great, but without using the steel wool, it dries glossy.

    Any suggestions? :confused:
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012