That's very good advise. Just be careful to not oversand in places where wood meets metal and the buttplate area.Bluetick said:I use Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover available at Lowes in a quart size. You need latex gloves!!!
Also buy some plastic putty scrapers, a couple of cheap chip brushes, and find yourself a old tooth brush. This stuff is waterless - on and off.
You apply it and let it sit and work. I work over a large plastic tub (something to contain drips and the old finish.
You scrape old finish and this stuff off with the putty knife. Then with paper towels and mineral spirits wash it off and stop the stripping action ( get a can of mineral spirits and some extra brushes for the heavier areas and checking too).
Make sure you have everything. Wear safety glasses and a old long sleeve shirt.
Some finishes come off easily. Others are tough. You may need to repeat the process on parts of some stocks. The back side of a plastic knife is handy for scrapping tough areas - gently..
Once done, if you have some light finish left - sand it off. Then let the stock dry out for at least a week.
The old Remington and a few others has a stain that will "bleed" red. Just keep after it.
Before you start stripping - have everything ready. No dogs, cats, or kids in the area. Read the stripper directions well and everything will go good.
This stripper does not raise the grain at all. Though it seems involved - it is one of the better strippers out there for this sort of stuff.
That's kinda what I'm getting at. Sanding removes wood, so your wood to metal areas will not fit the same if you're not careful. The chemical stripper is the best, IMODeuce280 said:Can a stained original finish just be sanded off?
I apply it with my fingers in very thin coats, so thin touching it wet doesn't leave a finger print! I wet the very tip of my finger and start rubbing, allow it to dry a full day, lightly rub it with 3-0 steel wool, tack it and apply the next coat.Ron pa said:I`ve learned , by experience, to put on THIN layers of Tru-Oil.