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Russian stock refinish

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing & Repairs' started by Fade2blue, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. Fade2blue

    Fade2blue Marksman

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    I have an sks stock I would like to refinish in the deep red color. I have soaked it in DA to dissolve the Shellac but there seems to be some dark stains at the butt and on top of the comb. Is there a solvent that can remove this?
    Has anyone tried the RIT Scarlett powder mixed in poly to recreate the red finish? I've heard of people dying the stock using food color but I don't want a bright red just close to the original Russian SKS stock. IMG_20200907_210547236.jpg IMG_20200907_210555870.jpg IMG_20200907_210623257_HDR.jpg
     
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    That's a laminated stock. If it was stained you might get it a little lighter with a long soak (24hrs) in citristrip but don't expect a whole lot of change.
     
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    I found a dye called Transtint that will work. I used the red mohogany mixed with some minwax stain on a test piece and it looked nice but I thought it might end up too dark so I just put some Amber Shellac on it.
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    Nice! I mix 1/3 satin urethane, turpentine, boiled linseed oil. I hand rub it for an hr with breaks, let it set over night in 72 degrees or warmer . Lightly sand with 800 grit and clothe same thing over Again 3-5 times. This is old school 70s stuff my dad taught me. Finish it off with 1200 grit, followed by floor wax an a good buffing. It’ll last a lifetime. oh and mix in stain to your liking if that’s what you want to the 1/3 ratio
     

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