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Bye bye dull stock finish

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by pod, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. pod

    pod Busy Member

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    Thought I'd have a pop at my stock today and this is the result. I am still probably going to strip is back to wood and work it properly, but this is only down to having a couple of tiny marks on the underside.

    Anyway, here's the result...

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  2. Kenbarcon

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    Thats a great finish, not a gloss fan but that looks good.:up:
     
  3. Stevie Darling

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    Looking good mate:)
     
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    Great work, this has come up really good :up:
     
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    Kudos Pod, very nice job! :up:

    I don't understand why the manufacturer covers the wood with that terrible paint/lacquer when they often have a beautiful grained wood underneath.

    Could you run us through the process and especially the finish as I have a new XS79 standard stock sitting here waiting for some attention.
     
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    Thanks for the comments lads.

    This was only a trial run really, I cleaned the entire stock with white spirit, dried it off and started using a rubbing compound on it to try and remove the dull layer of paint/colour from the surface. I then used a couple of car valeting items to polish the wood up (this is where my blisters appeared - polishing at speed and with force heats the stock slightly, raising the grain of the wood).
    After polishing, I used a sealant spray over the polish (it's a car paint sealant called project 32 - well worth getting!).
    Everything was dried and buffed with a microfibre cloth and this was the end result :)

    I am going to be sanding with a very fine wet and dry to try and remove more colour, but then repeating the process.
     
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  7. Patrick

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    Excellent finish,you've done a great job,just have to be careful you don't scratch or mark it now.
     
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    I suppose it's done for speed and cost Steve,they couldn't send the guns out with the stocks not finished so spraying them with some laquer/varnish is the quickest cheapest alternative.But as you say it does hide some nice pieces of timber sometimes.
     
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    Definitely ease and cost - it would take a department a fair amount of work to polish them up like this...and if it were my company, I'd spray them too. It's an SMK, so you're not going to get a high end finish realistically.
     
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    I thought I recognised some Autobrite products in the background . Just as a point of interest what detailing products did you use on the stock. Thank you. Denz
     
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    Hi Denz,

    Keen eye...like your style

    I used a non brand rubbing compound on the stock first, then AD Cherry Glaze & a coating of AD Project 32.

    Maybe not the right tools for the job per say , but I still got the result I wanted.
     
  12. Denzle

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    Great finish on the stock Fella. My next project is to refurb the stock on my old Airsporter and have been considering using some of my detailing products as a sort of top coat. I've got loads of waxes,sealants, polishes and glazes so I'm going to experiment to see if they work ok on wood, I'm confident that Finishkare 1000p would be suitable as I've used it in the past on furniture.
    Denz
     
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    I wish I had access to my mates rotary polisher, I reckon it would make an even better job
     

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