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Stock Refinishing - Part III
Stock Refinishing - Part III

Now that the stain job has dried properly, it’s time for the fun part - applying the finish. This is the most rewarding part of the job to me, and is when you see the results of all your hard work.

Stock Refinishing - Part II
Stock Refinishing - Part II

Last month I wrote about stripping the old finish off of a stock and getting it ready for refinishing. Well, we have this perfectly sanded stock and now the question is, what are we going to do with it™

Stock Refinishing - Part I
Stock Refinishing - Part I

It was a really tough hunting season, and your poor gun took quite a beating! Look at those dings and scratches in the stock.

Recutting Checkering on Gun Stocks
Recutting Checkering on Gun Stocks

Stock refinishing is a very common job for many shops, but we’ve seen that some gunsmiths leave the checkering “as is” rather than re-cutting it.

Gunstock Finishes, Getting Them Right
Gunstock Finishes, Getting Them Right

Many of our customers call us and say “I can’t get my gunstock finishes to come out looking right. What am I doing wrong”™ Probably nothing.

Rottenstone
Rottenstone

Rottenstone is an extremely fine, natural, abrasive powder that has been used by gunsmiths for generations to smooth minor imperfections in fully cured gunstocks.

Stock Rubbing Kit
Stock Rubbing Kit

The stock Rubbing Kit uses traditional Rottenstone, good old double boiled Linseed Oil, a Felt Pad and your elbow grease to remove minor imperfections from fully cured gunstock finishes and produce the final, soft luster of a London Oil Finish.

Stock Iron
Stock Iron

It is usually best to remove the barreled action from the stock. If a thick or high gloss finish is present on the wood, it will have to be removed before the dent can be steamed out.

Black Iron Screen Wire Parts Basket
Black Iron Screen Wire Parts Basket

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Getting Gunstock Finishes Right - A BenchTalk Favorite
Getting Gunstock Finishes Right - A BenchTalk Favorite

Many of our customers call us and say "I can't get my gunstock finishes to come out looking right™ What am I doing wrong™" Probably nothing.