Stock Refinishing Process

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I was asked to post my finishing process for gun furniture. In no way am I the expert or is this considered the best way or the only way but it's my way and provides me with a remarkably beautiful finish. 

We will discuss the process for refinishing a previously finished stock. I begin by spraying on a finish stripper. I use a spray on because I hang all of my pieces but you could just as easily use a brush on. Let the stripper do its job be patience. Use latex gloves when handling the furniture at this stage. Take to flowing water and with "0" or "00" steel wool clean all of the old finish off be sure to rinse off all of the stripper.
The finish is typically thin and normally will only need one application of stripper. Let the furniture try thoroughly typically a day. Stocks are typically made out of three woods one soft and two hardwoods. Birch, Oak, and Walnut respectively. Before staining take a bit of Tung oil in an inconspicuous place and see how it looks. The process of oiling will darken the wood some. 
Before staining or oiling now is the time to lightly sand out any scratches or nicks. If the nicks are to deep look up on YouTube to find out how to pull them out. Now if you have decided to stain your stock now is the time to do so. Follow the instructions on the stain. Let the stain dry a day.
Now you are getting to the nitty gritty. Now at this point most people begin to hand rub layers of True Oil where as I don't. I next apply three coats of hand rubbed Tung oil. Letting each coat dry. If you put to much on lightly wipe off the residue. 
At this point I mix a 50/50 mixture True Oil to Mineral Spirits. Instead of hand rubbing this mixture I spray it on. The mineral spirits flashes off and allows the True Oil to dry quicker. To get a deep luster more coats should be applied. I apply at least 10 coats. After the third coat I begin to wet sand the stock using 600. If there were any small nicks or scratches they will be filled in during this process. After the final coat is sprayed I use a felt pad and hand rub the stock with 4F pumice, then 2F pumice, and then rottenstone. At this point your stock should be high gloss and smooth as glass. Finally to protect it from the elements I give it a coat of furniture paste wax and buffed.
You can now enjoy your work of art knowing you did it yourself.



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