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Old 04-30-2019, 08:47 PM
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I've recently acquired a new Browning T-Bolt Sporter and a T-Bolt Varmit/Target. The stocks are absolutely beautiful, however due to personal preference, I wanted a gloss finish instead of the low-gloss/matte finish the rifles came with.

Buffing with Renaissance wax or BriWax helped a little (BriWax worked better for wood gloss, Renaissance wax works better on metal). But dang it all, it was HARD work! What I discovered is that using a Griot's Garage 3" random orbital buffer with the BriWax, the gloss finish was easily obtained and the BriWax was easily removed with a micro fiber cloth. The orange foam correcting pad worked best. Red waxing pad did practically nothing.

A gloss finish isn't for everyone - I get that. But here's a easy way to get it, if you so desire. I did my CZ-452 American as well. I never really cared for the Turkish walnut stock on that gun, but adding a gloss finish definitely amped up the bling - at least in my eye.
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:19 PM
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I don't typically like glossy stocks but that looks beautiful! Do you have any "before" pics?

Nicely done. 🙂
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:08 AM
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Looks great!
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:13 AM
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I don't typically like glossy stocks but that looks beautiful! Do you have any "before" pics?

Nicely done. 🙂
Thanks! The only "before" pic - of the forestock - is attached. The factory "satin" or "matte" finish is beautiful it its own right. But I can't seem to ever leave well enough alone. If it ain't broke, fix it until it is sort of thing.

My T-Bolt Sporter will be back from the 'smith this week (cut, crown, thread) and that stock will get the same polish treatment. Or maybe not! It might be nice to have two different-looking T-Bolt stocks.
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Nice! How did you handle the checkered parts of the stock?

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I like that, I am going to have to do mine sometime.
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Nice! How did you handle the checkered parts of the stock?
Thanks! Dave

The easy way - Ignored it!
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Nice! How did you handle the checkered parts of the stock?
Thanks! Dave

The easy way - Ignored it!
You applied the BriWax over the checkering?

Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:26 AM
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Great minds think alike ...

By coincidence, we bought those same two models of T bolts and I polished the stocks, but I used automotive polishing compound. Worked great. Have done the same ting to other modern finishes using Flitz.
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You applied the BriWax over the checkering?

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No no no. Just worked around the checkering!
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Great minds think alike ...

By coincidence, we bought those same two models of T bolts and I polished the stocks, but I used automotive polishing compound. Worked great. Have done the same ting to other modern finishes using Flitz.
We think alike I tried auto wax too but used Zano. However I applied it with a cloth. Maybe it's the buffer that makes the shine come out?
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I just took my time and used good old fashioned elbow grease, but it was a work of love. Love these T bolts, with new and vintage.
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Thanks for this post. I'm a fan of gloss finished stocks and will keep this in mind for future projects. All my Brownings have gloss stocks but I have a few others that don't.

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