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Old October 30, 2012, 08:40 AM   #1
BerdanSS
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Stripping finish off a stock?

Noticed more scratches and a chip or to in the clear coat on the stocks of a used shotgun I just purchased, now that I have it home in good light. And I'm not really fond of light yellow/blonde wood on a gun. Also I need to fit it with a recoil pad so some sanding on the back may be needed causing a need to refinish anyway..

Questions: If could only buy something local (lowes, home depot, paint stores) not ordering it from brownells.

What is the best thing to strip off the clear coat and color from the stock?

And in reverse, Best (toughest) satin or gloss clear coat to refinish with? Lacquer? Poly-urethane? Tung/linseed oil or some other rubbed finish? I'm going back with a darker color like English chestnut.

The stock and forearm does have checkering, so sanding it off is not an option.
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