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Old March 1st, 2017, 07:23 PM   #1
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New take off SA stock refinishing

After considering a Boyd's laminate or a USGI birch tiger, I ended up getting a new take off in walnut. Came with all the metal, no selector hole to fill and some nice grain and figure.

It is as new, but with a dull, coarse sanded finish that I would like to make pop. What do you suggest? Do I need to remove the existing stain before sanding and oil treatment? Newbie, so asking for advice on getting this looking good.

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Old March 1st, 2017, 07:25 PM   #2
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Put an action in it and shoot the dam thing! You may be refinishing a lamp post.

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Old March 1st, 2017, 08:08 PM   #3
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Hello, Wow.
I kinda like "The Christmas Story"..... Don't shoot your eye out Ralphy... You've gotta love the dad's taste in lighting fixtures, didn't you?.
You should wait for Army1,the chief or DougC and a few others on this one for some real advise on wood refinishing; to get that puppy looking good. But, you will have to shoot the rifle someday.
Yet, It is, nice to feel proud of what you have in your hands. I can understand that.
Good luck, in your project.

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Hello, Wow.
I kinda like "The Christmas Story"..... Don't shoot your eye out Ralphy... You've gotta love the dad's taste in lighting fixtures, didn't you?.
You should wait for Army1,the chief or DougC and a few others on this one for some real advise on wood refinishing; to get that puppy looking good. But, you will have to shoot the rifle someday.
Yet, It is, nice to feel proud of what you have in your hands. I can understand that.
Good luck, in your project.
Why waste your time and money if the stock doesn't shoot your eye out? Some stock/rifle combo want hit water if you drop them off a boat. I was trying to help, not be a smart ass albeit that's my nature.

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Hello, Manvel M1A.
I also like the look of walnut and steel, for an American military surplus rifle or clone, how could you go wrong. Check the search icon, you will find many informative post on the subject, I hope you drink a lot of coffee... you'll need it.
Oh, and welcome to the zoo.

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Old March 1st, 2017, 09:34 PM   #6
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Manvel, so you have a walnut stock;;as for me I do not like to put one stain on top of another. So I would strip the old stain off of her. Let her dry out for a day or 2. Steam out any dents with an iron and a wet clean rag. Than start sanding with the grain with 180 grit sand paper, work your way up to 400 grit. Now you want to put teak oil on her and let it soak in . After an hour you can wipe off the stock,,, and let it dry for 24 hours. Do this again for a second time. Now on the third time you can put some teak oil on in a 3x3 area and now start wet sanding the stock withnthe oil. Once you have a slurry of oil and saw dusts on the 3x3 move to another 3x3 and put some more oil and wet sand till you have done the whole stock. Let this sit for about an hour than GENTLY wipe the stock going across the grain. Do this increase your grit to 600, 800, 1000. Now this is up to you,,, YOU HAVE TO DETERMIND HOW smooth you want the stock,,, some people want it smooth as glass,,, some want to fell the grain, so that it does not slip out of your hands.
Walnut, I do not put any stain, just let the wood speak for itself,, walnut is already dark, .
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Hello,
Bravo, there you go. From one of the true rifle stock refinishing gurus.
Thanks, chief on one...
And, yes; black walnut has a nice, natural color.... why mess with it..

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Weird, been waiting for replies to this post and never saw any activity in "Stocks" until tonight. Have to use my Android phone now since my work laptop now considers this a scary forbidden gun zone.

Anyway, I have searched and I have read, but I did not see how or if the factory stain was dealt with. Most stock refinishing posts are about USGI stock restoration.

Oh, and not to worry, the gun shoots fine, thanks. Popped a doe with it at 50 yards with the iron sites. Joining Bayou Rifles and will be shooting it even more.

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With mine, new SA with the Boyds stock, I didn't strip it just went at it with 50/50 BLO/Turpentine and some 220/320/400/0000 steel wool and I think that it came out great. I've no idea what Boyds uses from manufacturing but I just went with it.

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I strip the stock with a wood stripper then come back 24 hours later. Then I steam the dents then come back 24 hours later. Then I use 180 grit sand paper then 220 then 400 then apply BLO with mineral spirits and sand it with 0000 steel wool. Wait a day and then add more BLO and rub it down with 0000 steel wool. Then wait a day and repeat. After the third time I apply just lindseed oil with no mineral sprits on thick and leave it for 24 hours. Come back wipe it down with a rag and its good to go. Always sand with the grain even with steel wool.

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Old March 12th, 2017, 04:50 AM   #11
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Treat the stock as if it is a USGI stock;;;strip it with a degreaser, rinse well, and do it.
I can't believe you have not posted a picture of the stock???
Seeing what you have, makes it easier for us to give you a better answer.

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Here are some photos. Thought the grain was pretty nice for a walnut take off. Taking it pig hunting tomorrow and then will start the refinishing. Thanks for the input.
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Old March 13th, 2017, 08:21 PM   #13
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That's going to come out real nice.

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Nice stock.

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