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Posted: 10/15/2004 2:51:14 PM EDT
Topic says it all!
I have a CIA WASR-10
really want to refinish it but am not sure which of the many products are the best.

Your input will be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

Link Posted: 10/15/2004 4:14:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 4:14:47 PM EDT
stain - minwax oil based in a can
finish - minwax poly semi gloss spray
just folow the minwax directions like you would for anything else you stain.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 4:50:40 AM EDT
Refinishing the wood or the metal or both? For the metal I like both Brownell's AlumaHyde II or Gun Kote. Gun Kote bakes on whereas AlumaHyde II has more colors to choose from but takes a week to cure. HTH...
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 11:14:33 PM EDT
Yea, I guess I was in a hurry and didn't specify which - metal or wood.

I'm going to finish buttstock even though I plan to replace it, maybe I'll switch
back to it someday. The foward handgrips fit like crap, and are getting pitched and replaced.

I was mostly wanting to know about finishes for the metal.

With the Brownells or others that come in a spray can - is it possible to get a
really good finished rifle?


Link Posted: 10/17/2004 5:49:50 AM EDT
The first thing i noticed about my WASR-10 was that the "factor" finish was downright poor! I have heard that it really is nothing more than paint. After a couple of rapid fire sessions at the range I got the barrel hot enough that the finish was literally cooking off the barrel.
If you had the same problem, you might just go to the local hardware store and get'ya some high temp flat black paint. It will come out at least as good as what you got with the rifle new and will cost about $5.
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 8:26:25 AM EDT
If you're very careful it's possible to get very good results w/the Brownell's "spray can" finishes but you'll get best results if you use an airbrush. HTH...
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 9:58:16 AM EDT
just shoot it and dont worry about the finish
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 2:16:58 PM EDT
What repub18 said.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 12:08:20 PM EDT
Yea, Yea
I know I shouldn't worry about it - BUT
A little bit of cosmetic work and these rifles look great!
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 6:59:23 PM EDT
try the norrels moly resin, link here.
Stickman has experience using the stuff, I'm sure he could give you some tips.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:47:55 PM EDT

With the Brownells or others that come in a spray can - is it possible to get a
really good finished rifle?

I refinished my Maddi with the brownwell's alumahyde II. I chose dark park grey but they have black also. I glass beaded the whole thing down to bare metal, cleaned it with brake parts cleaner, shot it, and then let it cure for about a week. The finish is awesome. Lays flat with no blems. No cleaning solvents have touched it either. Shooting mid summer day in the Arizona desert haven't hurt it either.

I recommend it.

just my $.02
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