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Old 02-14-2010, 08:33 AM
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I would use a paint remover and a soft brush. This should remove the old finish without harming the checkering. Personally, I use the lemon based ater soluable kind from Wally World.

After the old finish is gone and the stock has dried, you can access where you want to go from there depending on how the stock looks at that time. Then, steam out any dents and a very light sanding to remove the whiskers.

If everything is the same color, you might consider shellac as I believe that was the original finish and it has a slight yellowish tint to it. If there is a slight color variation, you might consider a stain, but personally I do not like the dark stains and would prefer a lighter one - just a personal preference of mine.

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