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Old 05-02-2021, 09:33 AM
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have a BL 22 micro midas really like the rifle , but I wish the stock was not so glossy. The finish to me looks like it will be difficult to strip is there any alternatives to remove the shine ?
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Old 05-02-2021, 10:01 AM
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Like you, I’ve never been enthused about the high gloss, polyurethane(?) stock finish on the BL22. The finish Miroku uses is extremely durable(and very non scratch resistant). That stated, I tried three different brands of paint stripper and with nary a bit of effect. I ended up very carefully sanding off the finish which, by the way, reveals some very nice wood. Here’s my Micro Midas with antique finish(didn’t like the uber black steel finish either) and ten coats of tung oil of forearm and stock. The Micro stock was replaced with a full size BL22 stock, making a very handy and fun little adult size carbine. I’m going to add a Winchester saddle ring, just because I can.
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Old 05-02-2021, 11:10 AM
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I refinished a BL-22 with TruOil. Getting the old finish off was very difficult as you assume. I used Jasco Stripper and plastic razor blades to scrape us much of the finish as possible. I tried Citristrip first, but it wouldn't even touch it. After I got as much of the old finish off as possible using the Jasco, I switched to extra fine steel wool and acetone to get the finish out of the pores, then finish sanded with 600 grit. I then thinned some real Tung oil 50/50 with mineral spirits, applied it very liberally and wiped off the excess. I did that there times over a period of days, then when it had dried, I started applying very thin coats of TruOil with a 000 synthetic steel wool pad. I think I ended up going with 6 coats with a day to dry in between.
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Old 05-02-2021, 11:42 AM
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Very handsome indeed, with some lovely grain in the buttstock. I used bronze wool and acetone to clean out the wood pores. Certainly changes the rifle's appearance to a more organic, Old West look.......much preferred imho.
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:15 PM
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Two things that might work. First if it was me and I just wanted to tone the shinny down. I would take some steel wool and just go over the original finish to tone it down. Probably your best bet.

Mine I did use stripper, Citrus and one other. Been so long ago I don't remember, Scraped and steel wooled till gone. Then I just waxed the wood to a very nice finish that I liked. Mine was so old and worn when I got her she needed a lot of TLC. She used to be an abused truck gun for someone. She was well used in her time. But now she is my favorite rifle.


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Old 05-02-2021, 07:39 PM
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As others have said, the factory finish is tough to strip. 2 of my usual strippers wouldn't touch it. An old school/heavy duty stripper with methylene chloride will soften it up enough to aid removal, but it still requires some scraping/sanding.

Be prepared for the buttstock and fore-end furniture to not be an exact match, as some of the stain is removed with the topcoat.

Mine looked like this after stripping...
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:37 PM
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thanks guys for the tips , I might try soda blasting it first before going the stripper route.
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What about just knocking the gloss down with some Birchwood Casey Stock Sheen & Conditioner?
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Thanks for tip

I will give that a try before getting into removing the finish.
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Old 05-03-2021, 08:55 AM
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I will give that a try before getting into removing the finish.
From the product description: "THE EASY WAY TO GIVE YOUR NEWLY FINISHED TRU-OIL® GUN STOCK A TRADITIONAL SATIN FINISH." Not yelling, BTW. That is a direct copy and paste from the website. This product is for use on an existing TruOil finish. It won't do anything for the epoxy finish on your BL-22. Also, steel wooling the existing finish as one poster suggested will only create a cloudy white mess.
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Old 05-26-2021, 09:38 PM
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Aircraft/marine gel stripper will get the finish off. Patience is required along with some soft bristle brushes to work it in. Wrap it in some saran? wrap to keep is from drying out. Letting it soak like that is how to get finishes like that to soften up. Scratch it occasionally with the brush to get it into the finish deeper and eventually you will have a bare stock with the checkering still sharp and very little sanding required to finish it up.

Some laquer thinner will clean everything up afterwards and will not harm the wood.
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What glossy finish?
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Old 05-27-2021, 07:54 AM
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Well yours isn't glossy but I can use mine for a mirror when I shave.
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I'm going try the same on my BL-22. Can't stand that "bowling ball" finish.
Did it on my SA-22 and strippers & acetone didn't work. I ended up using drywall screens and sandpaper. Took a while. Put several coats of Tru-Oil with steel wool buffing in between coats. The SA turned out great. Nice satin finished wood.
I did get lucky with the color/grain of the SA. Was very nice beneath the epoxy. Both pieces matched. We'll se about the BL.
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Old 05-27-2021, 05:29 PM
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Tomorrow I'm going ahead and strip.
Here is a nice careful video on removing the wood. Good music, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJGIFL-6c6U
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