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Old April 20, 2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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Anybody successfully touched up a Rem bowling pin finish?

I just picked up a Rem model 7 with a couple of small bare spots on the finish. I'd rather not refinish the whole stock if I can do a successful patch job. I'm pretty sure that Remington used a 2part epoxy in the factory. I'm wondering if a gloss polyurethane applied as a touchup would be noticable.
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Old April 20, 2009, 05:46 PM   #2
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It's not 2-part epoxy, it is a polyurethane finish that is sprayed on. You can match it pretty close with Acra-Stock Gloss from Brownells.
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Old April 21, 2009, 02:04 AM   #3
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I've had good results using super glue on small scratchs. It wouldn't work in this situation though.
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Old April 23, 2009, 10:06 AM   #4
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Remington finish

Remington's "bowling pin" finish is not polyurethane. It's a 2 part urethane clear coat. In the 80's and 90's it used to be DuPont IMRON line(and maybe still is). IMRON was and is still used to paint tractor trailers and heavy equipment. I have an early 90's Remington catalogue that actually mentions the IMRON by name. Technically it is an epoxy because it has s hardener added to the paint like any other automotive clear. IMRON is extremely durable and can be touched up with automotive clear from your auto parts store. Spray can or the little fingernail polish type touch up bottles of clear coat will match pretty well but this only works for scratches or small areas. If you have areas with no finish I'd guess the rest of the finish is not pristine. I'd respray the whole thing with automotive clear so it all matches.

If Remington isn't using IMRON anymore I'm sure they're still using a similar 2part automotive grade finish. The finish on these is still extremely hard. Polyurethane contains no hardner and relies on oils air drying to harden.
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Old April 24, 2009, 10:44 PM   #5
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I have used a product calle Fuller Plast, it is made by the Fuller O'brien company. It is a 2 part catalyzed varnish that I understand Weatherby used, at least at one time.
I would try some automotive shops for a 2 part finish. Fuller Plast only comes in a Gallon size and way more than you need. You might also check out a WELL stocked paint store for a 2 part finish.
The nice thing about MOST 2 part finishes is that you can mix some up and make a repair (1st coat) and put the finsh in the freezer and it will stay usable quite a long time.
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