I'm thinking about refinishing the stock on my muzzleloader. I was going to use stripper to remove old finish. Will the stripper cause the wood to swell making it difficult to put lock back into stock? Also same question for when I put new stain on stock? Any suggestions on how to remove old finish without stripper? thanks
Can you tell what finish is on it? If it is simply boiled linseed oil over nitric acid blush don't refinish. Just wipe on some new coats wiping off what doesn't absorb between coats. If it is tung oil or varnish, you could carefully scrape it off with real sharp shaped scrapers. I've never used stripper so I can't really answer those questions. Sand paper would take forever and a huge supply of paper on any hard finish. It loads up fast, and if you continue with loaded paper you put gouges in the wood. Why do you want to refinish? You might consider renewing instead. How bad is the finish now?
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Thanks for the reply. After looking closer at the finish its not that bad. Think I am going to leave it alone
I had a beat up TC Renegade stock and a bunch of random parts, I decided to make a gun. The stock looked like someone had used it to bat rocks with.
I used the citrus type furniture stripper to get the old finish off. It took two applications of the stripper but I ended up with completely stripped stock. I can't say if the lock swelled any while being stripped because I reinletted to the new profile and put in a L&R RPL lock.
I used a steam iron to remove most of the dents, removed the excess stock wood and made proper lock panels.
I put about 5 coats of Chambers oil finish on the stock and was pleased with the result.
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