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Posted: 1/12/2006 3:13:01 PM EDT
I'm redoing the stock of my FR-8 since it looked extremely crappy when I bought it. However, i'm having a nearly impossible time removing the initial finish with just 0000 steel wool and liquid varnish remover. I went over the entire stock about three times already and it doesn't even look to have penetrated the finish in some places. Anyone have any idea as to why it's taking so much to remove it?

I was just going to use the 0000 steel wool and varnish remover, take off as much of the old finish as possible, then apply BLO liberally until it had a relatively nice finish.

Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:02:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 9:48:14 PM EDT by djenkins]
Kind of hard to judge it from here with limited information.

It sounds like you need a much better varnish remover though.

Dennis Jenkins


Originally Posted By shogun187:
I'm redoing the stock of my FR-8 since it looked extremely crappy when I bought it. However, i'm having a nearly impossible time removing the initial finish with just 0000 steel wool and liquid varnish remover. I went over the entire stock about three times already and it doesn't even look to have penetrated the finish in some places. Anyone have any idea as to why it's taking so much to remove it?

I was just going to use the 0000 steel wool and varnish remover, take off as much of the old finish as possible, then apply BLO liberally until it had a relatively nice finish.

Thanks in advance.

Link Posted: 1/12/2006 6:54:14 PM EDT
There are about 85 different ways to refinish old military stocks. I'm not sure varnish remover is going to do you much good because very few military rifles used varnish, the Russians being the only ones that I can think of. Most likely you're dealing with an oil finish of somekind or other.

I use Easy Off oven cleaner. Let it sit for a few minutes. Hot water to rinse it off with. Repeat as necessary. Some will say its to harsh for wood. I haven't noticed any problems. I've also used Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) with some success.

Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:25:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 11:10:17 PM EDT
Easy off worked great for the 3 C&Rs I've had to refinish
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