GUN Removing Varnish from Stock?

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  1. david_4x4

    david_4x4 New Member

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    So I have a Garand that has a varnished/lacquered stock, all I know is it's shiny. Pretty ugly gun as a whole.

    How can I get the "shinyness" off the stock? Paint stripper? Sand it? Not looking for anything spectacular since this gun will be beat to shit. Just looking to lose the shine.
     
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    are you sure it is varnish/lacquer, and not cosmoline?
     
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    Yeah it's a varnish/lacquer. It's chipping and it nice and slick when the gun is wet.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    no i am serious
     
  5. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    If you just wanna buff the shine off of it use the finest steel wool you can find.
     
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    I'd like to just get all off of there. It's chipping out in spots etc.
     
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    really fine steel wool probably just polish it
     
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    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    Would be beter to start out with the finest available and then work your way up. That way you dont remove too much at first
     
  9. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    David Petzal said otherwise :o
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    Try denatured alcohol soaked 0000 steel wool pads. That took the shellac of my Mosin stock.

    After that the sky is the limit. I used repeated (maybe 15 times) 15 minute applications of Easy Off, over three or four nights, to draw the oil and cosmoline out of the stock (you would not BELIEVE how many paper towels I used :o ). Rinse when you're done, let it dry over night, and do it again until the paper towels come off clean.

    You could refinish with Formbys tung oil or something creative like linseed oil, beeswax, and pine tar (! - it's what the Finns used, and it is nice and flat).
     
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    I just went out and threw on some paint stripper. Seems to have worked so far. Just need to clean the stock now, sand it, and throw on some kind of stain.
     
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