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Old November 6, 2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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How can I remove the space age finish?

This is on a Browning lever action stock. I want to remove the super tough finish, and put something mellow on it.
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Old November 6, 2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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Paint remover with methylene chloride gets just about everything.

Some finishes take longer.

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Old November 6, 2010, 12:19 PM   #3
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Any paint and varnish stripper should work. But remove the stock from the gun first, and take off parts like a buttplate or grip cap since the stripper can also harm metal or plastic.

I don't know about that one, but at one time FN used a heavy plastic finish that looked good until it chipped or a corner came loose. Once started, it just peeled off like peeling a banana.

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Old November 6, 2010, 01:04 PM   #4
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CitriStrip will take it off. I do it all the time. You can find it at Home Depot, Lowes, and WalMart. And there is no need to use anything toxic.
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Old November 6, 2010, 01:21 PM   #5
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I have a Browning .22 with that plastic finish on it. Nice wood underneath but it looks fake because of the finish. I was wondering what a little polishing compound would do, followed by a coat of wax and a buff?
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Old November 6, 2010, 04:41 PM   #6
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Scorch, will CitriStrip take off something like Duracote?

I had a buddy who duracoated his Sig a matte black, then he decided he prefered the factory desert tan finish. Soaked the slide & frame in acetone for 4 days to get the Duracote off.

I was thinking I'd like to get myself a CZ-85, but I don't really like the factory polymer finish. Thought I might use my buddy's acetone trick and they try rebluing. But I really didn't want to leave a bucket full of acetone around the house for 4 days.
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Old November 6, 2010, 06:46 PM   #7
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My Browning had the typical shiney stock so I cut the shine with 600 grit paper and water.
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Old November 6, 2010, 07:41 PM   #8
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Permatex aerosol gasket remover will soften it up so that you can scrape it off with a razor blade . It takes several applications and scrapings but it comes right off , without raising the grain . One of the techs at Brownells put me onto it !
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Old November 11, 2010, 08:17 PM   #9
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I always thought that finish and the gold trigger was part of the joy of owning a Browning!

As mentioned, lots of commerical paint/varnish removers will do the job, some better (easier) than others. Citristrip is the least hazardous, but boy can you get sick of the smell of oranges!

+1 on removing the wood, and removing everything from the wood before you start.
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