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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Franklin County
Re: Rem 581 refinish ?
Hate the Birchwood Casey finish. Way to glossy and it chips and mars easily. I stripped off the finish I applied to one rifle the same summer i applied it.
I use tung oil as a base layer x 3 coats. Let it dry up several days between coats. Then use 0000 steel wool and go over it well. Make sure to remove all dust and particals before applying another coat.
After the last coat of tung oil - let it set for a full week or longer (after final sanding with 0000).
Get a can of spray on Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. Pick your poison - gloss or semi gloss. Follow the application directions closely!!!
Build up multiple coats and do the steel wool (0000) between aplications. I applied about four or five coats.
After final steel wool buff - get a old nylon stocking. Cut a wide strip of it without any seams. Buff the finish with the intent on "warming" a section. No need to go caveman - your just buffing it up.
You know have a fully waterproof stock that the woods natural bueaty shows through. The finish is also tough as nails.
Most important - remove all the old finish. Then make sure that the stock is baby hiney smooth!!!!!!! Look up the many video's for wood stock pre finish prep. Follow them!
If you want to stain the stock - do it before applying any other finish.
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