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Old 05-04-2021, 08:16 AM
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I have an 870 express with the birch laminate stock and forearm, about 10 years old and looking tired. We all know how they wear after a few years of use in the elements,Thinking i want to give the wood some restoration. I just put a camo gun skin on another shotgun i have and really like how it came out but on the 870 i just want to bring some life to the wood. Anyone have any examples of their endeavors with a facelift for the laminated birch?
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:27 AM
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Ditch the birch and go with a Police synthetic stock. Here is an 870 Express HD that I did. Before and after:
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No photo's of it but I have done several Lami's with good ol' Birchwood Casey TruOil.. sand and smooth .. then tack cloth the pcs. and then start hand rubbing (I use Nitrile gloves) the TruOil.. 4-5 coats is good but 6 to 8 is best.. makes the grain POP with color and highlights .. it ends up somewhat glossy but a soft rub with a ScotchBrite pad after it is cured completely knocks the sheen back to matte/satin.
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Old 05-05-2021, 05:35 AM
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It's my slug gun for deer here in Ohio, iam one of those people that likes the wood look on a firearm.
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Old 05-05-2021, 09:01 AM
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I have an old one , looks fine to me,


Id look on ebay for used wood, lots of people taking off the wood to create their own “ tacticool” remys.
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Old 05-05-2021, 09:06 AM
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It's my slug gun for deer here in Ohio, iam one of those people that likes the wood look on a firearm.
For birch you are going to need to use a finish with the stain mixed in. Birch does not take traditional stain well and ends up looking blotchy. Sometimes a sanding sealer will help, but the best bet is to use a colored topcoat.
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Old 05-07-2021, 05:20 AM
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Thanks for that information Mike AK.
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