View Full Version : Refinishing a wood stock on my Remington 700.

July 21, 2010, 06:33 AM
Currently I am trying to finish up my refinishing job on my Remington 700. When I got the rifle from my dad, he had painted it with Rustoleum Gray. When it started to flake off, I decided to attempt to make it look like a rifle again. I have it sanded smooth. The last sand paper I used on it was 2000 grit, so I think it is smooth enough. What I am having trouble with is color. I would like to go with a colored stain to give it some uniqueness, but I haven't been able to find any colors beyond normal wood grain colors. I would appreciate ANY advice anyone has!:D

July 21, 2010, 06:36 AM
I use oak and cherry on these


July 21, 2010, 06:47 AM
I do like those, they look like pro work. The stains I am looking for are colored blue, green, red as examples. My wife saw some in a unfinished wood furniture store about 10 years ago. Needless to say the store is no longer in business and I have no idea how to find the stains. I was also wondering if anyone has ever tried staining thier stock in this manner?

July 21, 2010, 06:49 AM
I got this one from Boyds two yrs ago... but I have no idea what they use for stain.


July 21, 2010, 07:10 AM
That blue is very cool. They must have used something that changed that type of wood the different shades of blue. Now that I have seen how good it looks, I really want to get mine done! Thanks again for the cool pictures!:D

July 25, 2010, 12:40 AM
Discoracing's stock is laminated. You cannot get those effects by staining a walnut M700 stock blue.

Bill DeShivs
July 25, 2010, 12:57 AM
www.grizzlyindustrial.com has quite a few colored wood stains-usually used for musical instrument making.

July 30, 2010, 03:41 PM
I did not know that musical insturments had colored stains! Thanks alot to everyone. Has anyone ever tried to use colored stains on hardwood stocks? I know the blue one above is a laminate. As cool as it looks, that kind of stock isn't for me. I am hoping the colored stain will give it a unique look as well as helping the rifle to blend in while hunting. I know that's alot to ask, but what the hay'!

July 31, 2010, 05:07 PM
Special walnut is pretty cool, Danish oil finish is nice too, and it sounds like you have it smooth enough. Post pics of the finished product dude!!!

Thanks for coming!:cool:

July 31, 2010, 05:50 PM
2000 grit?


Sanding wood that smooth will also make stain "take" less ..... If you want any of the "grain" to show, you'll have to "pop" the grain open again with alcohol or water .....

Have a look at Minwax "Red Oak" (Very red) or "Red Mahogany" (Red-brown) .....

Blue Monster
August 1, 2010, 11:33 AM
Consider wood tint instead of stain. I find stain is basically a fluid with tiny bits of color suspended in it, those tiny bits tend to fill the pores and decrease the pop (3D).

Tint is like food coloring, I mix it with 50/50 water and denatured alcohol and a drop or two of tint. I dries very quickly and lifts the grain at the same time. I goes on so thin you paint it the color you like and if you are unhappy it sand off very easily, try that with stain.

It comes in all colors.;)

2000 grit?


+1, 400 is fine enough, then go up to 600-800 when sanding between coats if you like. If you make the wood too smooth it becomes like wax and it's very hard to get color or finish to stick to it. Definitively wet it and open the pores as mentioned.

Evan Thomas
August 2, 2010, 04:38 PM
Yes... "tints."

What you want is an aniline dye, either water- or alcohol-soluble. The alcohol-soluble dyes dry very fast and don't raise the grain of the wood, but they're a bit harder to control. They also will lift if you put shellac over them as a clear coat.

To use a water-soluble dye, sand to your final grit, dampen the wood with water to raise the grain, let dry overnight, then sand again, lightly, with the same grit to level the surface.

If you want to get a pure color, and the wood you're dying has a lot of color on its own -- if it's anything but unstained birch, pretty much -- you'll need to bleach it first with a two-part wood bleach. Otherwise, if, for example, you start with wood that has a lot of yellow in it and try to dye it blue, it's going to come out.... green. :eek: (The bleach is also water-based, so use it after the grain-raising step above -- then sand again, very lightly so as not to cut through the bleached wood.)

Transfast, by Homestead, is a good brand. It comes in powder form, in all the colors of the rainbow and some the rainbow never thought of... buy it at Rockler, or order it from them online (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=5341).

Another option is the line of dyes from TransTint, which are soluble in either water or alcohol. They're less fussy to mix than the Transfast dyes. (Note that with these, shellac may lift them even if you've mixed them with water.) These are also available from Rockler (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11448).

Do some samples to get a sense of how the dye behaves, and of how the final finish affects the color. You may want to use a clear acrylic or epoxy finish, which have no color -- other finishes will add some yellow to whatever color you put them over.

August 2, 2010, 05:53 PM
aniline dyes work very well, but a little experimentation on something other than your gut stock will be in order to ensure you can apply the color without getting splotches, and they like synthetic finishes. polys work well.

I've used the transtint products, easy to use, but the transfast, to my eye, gives richer color

August 2, 2010, 11:10 PM
These are all great ideas everyone. As you can all tell I know just enough to be really dangerous! :D Most of my experience is with pool cues. I hunt in northern Idaho, so I need to seal the wood from moisture. Thanks to all of you for your ideas!