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Old 11-10-2021, 07:14 PM
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Hi Folks!

I'm a big, big fan of the Sako Quad lineup, but I do have one big beef with the Finns ... The finish on the Quad stocks don't do justice to the wood underneath.

For example, here is a new Quad Varmint I just acquired ...



It's dark and dull, even under bright studio lighting. However, if you look closely, you can see there's figure there ...



I'm tempted to have the factory finish stripped and replaced with, well, something. Any thoughts out there?

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Old 11-10-2021, 08:08 PM
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With figure like that t'would be nice to have it pop
I expect that oem finish is way durable. Think Id use it a while and let it pick up a few 'experience marks' while researching the best techniques, then refinish. Our section on this fora on such is invaluable, especially those post by 'George' (now sadly gone and missed).
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Old 11-10-2021, 08:23 PM
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It does have nice tight curl in it on a background of fairly consistent brown, I would leave the factory finish and maybe polish it very lightly by hand with a gun recommended feed and shine.

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Old 11-10-2021, 09:22 PM
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I had an Anshutz that looked like that for awhile till i started really using it regularly in the gopher fields ~1-2 yrs. The,...i think lacquer, burnished-in to a very nice appearance: i think your is too.

I'd wax and leave it alone for awhile, just use it...Unless you want a color change

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Old 11-10-2021, 09:27 PM
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Our section on this fora on such is invaluable, especially those post by 'George' (now sadly gone and missed).
Indeed, I was thinking of George when I started the thread. He would have known exactly what to do. Sigh.
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Something to read:

https://sakocollectors.com/forum/thr...ko-aiii.14081/
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I'm with the others Dave. Unless you are just bored out of your gourd with nothing else to do leaving it alone would seem to be the best course of action.

That said a little rottenstone rub and polishing a step or 2 up in gloss might be fun

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Old 11-11-2021, 02:38 PM
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That said a little rottenstone rub and polishing a step or 2 up in gloss might be fun
Rottenstone rub?
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Definitely. Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2021, 03:00 PM
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Rottenstone rub?
A very fine abrasive prepolish slurry Dave. Sometimes called "French polish." You can go from mild to wild with it depending on what level of final gloss you're after.

Short story: https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...MF+ROTTENSTONE

Longer story from the master himself with intricate detail, links to inscrutable PDFs, and full color glossy before and after photos

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...MF+ROTTENSTONE

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I like the finish as is.
It looks elegant.
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Your stock looks like it may be maple.
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Old 11-11-2021, 04:01 PM
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Hope that helps,

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Yes it does! Thanks!
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Old 11-14-2021, 07:27 PM
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Hi Folks!

I took the action out of the stock today and found that the underlying wood is quite dark, presumably walnut. So there's no easy way to lighten the finish.

And for a moment, I thought about applying some sort of "wipe on poly" but then I saw a Quad listed on Gunbroker (https://www.gunbroker.com/item/916147417) where the seller had done just that ... and I can't say I'm wild about the result.

So, I've fallen back to asking: WWGD? That is, what would George do?

And I'm guessing he'd argue for simply coating the stock with his beloved Renaissance Wax.

So, after three or four coats, here's the result:



You really can't see a lot of difference here, but the difference is there. THe figure has more pop, especially in less than ideal lighting. (What is "pop"? I'll defer to Justice Stewart and simply say, "I know it when I see it.")

The beauty of this course of action is that it's non-destructive. The factory finish is still there, and eventually, the wax will wear (or simply evaporate) away.

Thanks to all!
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The really good news is that stock is going to look that good for a Very Long Time!
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