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Tips on refinishing a mosin stock

Discussion in 'Military Surplus' started by gfercaks33, May 28, 2013.

  1. gfercaks33

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    Lots of good advice here! I know not to uses strippers on wood I know what aircraft stripper does to metal and I wouldn't imagine using it. Also I didn't want to sand it all down by hand. The alcohol is the way I will go stripping it down. As for finish I'm gonna use shellac but I do want a red tint to it. With dyes I heard rut changed the formula and it doesn't work correctly, the only other thing I have seen to add the tint is iodine like they used in Russia, I saw use 4 parts iodine and 8 parts amber shellac and just keep brushing it on unroll I get the desired finish.
     
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    No going back now!! 20 min with rags and denatured alcohol go it to where it just barely tinted the rag brown
     
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    Yes Coolhand knows his stuff. Just look at that SG stock. Gorgeous!

    I'd also 2nd the Fiebings medium brown dye. An almost exact color match is Sherwin Williams Sher-Wood BAC wiping stain in traditional cherry, it's almost a perfect color match for the Fiebings medium brown which had a lot of red. It is oil based but it don't act like one. It's alot like the leather dye except you get a bit more time to work it, but you still have to be fast because it dries super fast and it is a stain and not a dye. You can put a finish on top of it 15 minutes after wiping according to the data sheet, but I always give it at least 30. If it were me and it's shellac, like others I'd strip it with DA since it's cheap and extremely less toxic than other strippers. Then go with the leather dye and a pure tung oil or boiled linseed oil finish. If you want it traditional go back with shellac.
     
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    I wouldnt worry about the shellac. I would just BLO or tung oil it. The purists can cry all they want but in wartime the stocks were not shellaced. And if they were they didnt stay that way long as you found out.
     
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    Well I bought some shellac so I am committed to that now. I think my game plan now for cleaning it is take the 2 screws ou and pull the whole assembly off the stock.

    I will have the first few coats on tonight
     
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    Man, mosins AND toes? This thread must be been's wet dream.
     
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    I'm probably mis-reading you, but, just in case, don't mess with that crossbolt unless you have a reason.

    And, yes, the first thing I thought of when I saw that picture was been.
     
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    Ronny I'm talking in the future to clean it as a barreled receiver
     
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    nice toes.
     
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    I used Minwax Gunstock 231 Stain and several coats of Minwax Tung Oil. Very easy to do.

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