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Posted: 12/24/2005 10:30:17 AM EDT
Its been soaked in cosmoline, got all i can out. What would be the best way to make it black, that won't wear off for a long time and is easy to touch up?
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:24:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:29:04 PM EDT
Sand, tack cloth it, primer, paint 4-5 coats, varnish/sealer/poly...

Krylon work great.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:30:54 PM EDT
if you're gonna paint it and it was covered in cosmo, how did you clean it off? My dad has an SKS handguard he painted black to match a poly stock and once it started getting hot from a few hundred rounds of rapid fire, the paint began bubbling a little where more cosmo leaked out.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:32:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sWs2:
if you're gonna paint it and it was covered in cosmo, how did you clean it off? My dad has an SKS handguard he painted black to match a poly stock and once it started getting hot from a few hundred rounds of rapid fire, the paint began bubbling a little where more cosmo leaked out.




Soaking it in white gas for a day or so works pretty good.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:53:04 PM EDT
Washed it with hot water and dish soap allot and, had some old VP 114 octane gas soaked it in it, let it dry out, and took a heat gun to it. You can tell when its all gone, it quits smoking.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:00:31 PM EDT
http://www.ironwooddesigns.com/1howto.html Scroll down the page until you get to Stains.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:24:01 PM EDT
Order some black Solar Lux stain from Garret Wade. It is actually a dye. Soak the wood in teh stain, letting it absorb as much as it will. Alternateively, flood the surface and let it soak in, repeating until it won't take more or you get bored. This will put the color IN the wood not ON the wood.

Finish with bolied linseed oil, tung oil, Watco oil,... whatever you prefer. If it gets dinged, restain locally and refinish locally. This is the beauty of oil finishes as opposed to film finishes - repairs are super easy.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:36:27 PM EDT
Check out arizonaresponsesystems.com, click on "notes" and scroll down to "Surplus Wood Stock Restoration" for some more ideas on degreasing.
For painting, I always use Brownell's AlumaHyde II.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:48:39 PM EDT
Here is how Snoopy paints Woodstock

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:53:19 PM EDT
After degreasing, use spray shellac as a base coat. Spray it on thick, let it dry, then sand it back. Shellac is impervious to cosmoline, so ant that is left deep in the wood cannot creep out when it gets hot. I've done this on several surplus stocks, usually refinishing with polyurethane, but I have painted one. Shellac apparently blocks the pores that the cosmoline hides in.
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