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Posted: 3/10/2006 7:37:25 PM EDT
http://www.hqtheclub.org/files/ak1.jpg

Complete at long last! My thanks goes out to Ne1 and everyone else who gave advice in refinishing the gun. I appreciate your help immensely.

- Molyresin Refinish
- Restored Furniture with Polyshades
- De-blued and Polished Bolt

A world of difference for about $50 in supplies.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:43:27 AM EDT
Looks great. Now finish it off with a slant brake.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 11:03:09 AM EDT
Nice AK! Looks great! The wood looks really nice too. And you are quite welcome. Glad I could help! Thanks for posting a pic. It's always nice to see a plan come to fruition.

What kind of mollyresin did you use? Semi-gloss? Looks like you did the mag too, right? Run into any problems? Easy and fun, right? Mollyresin is great stuff!
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 12:34:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 12:35:32 PM EDT by feraldan]
It was actually a little easier than I expected, but I suppose I did all the hard stuff ahead of time gathering supplies and cleaning the gun.

Its actually the SOCOM black but it came out a bit shiny once I rubbed it down with Sheath. I don't mind too much.

The only problem I had was baking the receiver and barrel. It BARELY fit in the oven and in my struggle to get it in there, the wire I was using to hang the whole thing managed to scratch up the uncured finish on the barrel. I didn't realize until afterwards so I had to respray and heat it with a heatgun vs. putting it in the oven. Fortunately my heatgun goes well over 500 degrees so it wasn't an issue.

Another 'problem' was with one of the mags. After I baked it, a ton of cosmoline poured out of the seams but after I cleaned it up, it was alright.

I live in a small apartment and this project was not well suited for where I live. Nor is it suited for small ovens! I wish I had a garage or something so I could of done this outside but I had to settle for a gasmask and open windows.

I'm very pleased with the results anyway. $23 is a bargain for Molyresin. Its good stuff.
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