This is a discussion on (How To) Steam Out Dents In Wood Stocks? within the Stock forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; Been reading alot of impressive knowledge being shared around these parts so thought I'd ask:
Is there a special steam "gun" (like my heat gun) ...
Been reading alot of impressive knowledge being shared around these parts so thought I'd ask:
Is there a special steam "gun" (like my heat gun) to localize the steam you apply to remove the dents & dings in wood stocks?
I've read advisements of caution to avoid steaming out a stamped inspection cartouche so whatever is being used must be highly effective!
Thanks in advance!
I've always used a damp wash cloth and a clothes iron, but I wonder if you could be more precise with a soldering iron and a very damp rag?
This works on guitar necks & bodies, so it ought to work fine on a rifle stock. Of course, I've got an adjustable temperature soldering iron (or two) so I could set the temp lower. IIRC I used an old washcloth with a bit of nap to it so it would hold more moisture and approached dents very gradually: touch/check/repeat. It's OK if you raise the grain a tiny bit more than surrounding wood, but you don't want to break grain fibers when you sand it back smooth.
Speaking of which, if the grain is broken in the "dent" then steaming will not cure all that ails you. Has a good chance of making it better but that kind of ding won't go away.
Thanks everyone for sharing your preferred wood dent removal tricks. These stocks are or can be transformed into such things of beauty which accent & complement the iron within. It's only right to be able to do it properly, with care and skill.