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Old 03-13-2013, 10:13 PM
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Using old socks for stripping lacquer



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Wanted to share my new favorite way to strip a lacquer finish. I was embarking on taking a lacquer finish off of a stock, and had a middle of the night 'Ah-Hah' moment last fall.


I have a large collection of old sweat tube socks that I use in the shop once 'expired'.
What I found was that the socks are ideal for stretching over a stock, loading them with solvent, and then wiping off the lacquer in one clean step. Works pretty slick.

For the forearms, I use the full length of the sock and slip it over the nose. I used a dowel and a spring clamps to pull the fabric
tight to the wood.



Saturate the fabric (sock) with Lacquer Thinner and let it sit a few minutes. You can use a old toothbrush or nailbrush to start working the fabric back and forth on the wood. You can usually feel when the topcoat has been penetrated down to the wood by the feel. It will have a bit of a 'bite' where you can feel the wood.


Working the fabric, the lacquer will actually begin to bleed up through the sock from the inside.
Here you can see the void where the accessory rail channel is.




Once you are comfortable with the penetration, and with the sock still damp, just use the brush and work the sock off of the stock down to the end. The fabric will scrub the wood on the inside and pull the lacquer with it.

Once it comes off the end, most of the lacquer will be inside the sock.


For the buttstock, depending on the size of it, you may be able to stretch a fresh sock over the whole thing.





Started getting late...................






I forgot to take a picture of what happened with dealing with the tight contoured areas around the grip, but you get the drift by now.
Like I said, it was either getting too late or some fumes were doing their magic on me.


I cut a bunch of smaller sections of sock and saturated them with lacquer thinner. You can lay them wherever you need them and let the LT work for a moment. The lacquer underneath will soften and get a bit sticky, and then you can 'stick' the fabric to whatever that particular contour may be.


This really does a nice job with minimal mess. The stock I did here was done in about 1/2 hour, not counting a bit of follow up cleaning.






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Old 03-13-2013, 10:16 PM
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cool idea OB.....it and looks to have worked very well....
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:30 PM
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Give it a try outlinkk. As many as you do, I'll bet you you never go back.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:56 PM
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I definitely will.......dealing with a stripper.....and then making sure to get all the stripper cleaned off,is a pain
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:16 PM
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If you want it to work even faster, wrap plastic over the sock after sticking it on the stock.
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won't the lacquer thinner melt plastic + make a real mess ?
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:24 PM
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won't the lacquer thinner melt plastic + make a real mess ?
Plastic bags yes, painters plastic, nope. But the idea is it will not let the socks dry out and let the thinner work longer.

I'd done it with stripper when doing detailed pieces before.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:10 AM
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Socks

Yup

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Old 04-23-2013, 02:06 PM
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I might add, that if your using auto lacquer thinner, there are different grades as to the evaporating times. Hot weather thinner will be slower too allow for the paint to flow. Cold will be much faster. Just don't buy the cheapest because that will be the cold weather thinner and evaporate before the paint can soften.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:36 AM
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To keep from archiving

Just to keep from archiving.

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Old 10-20-2017, 09:16 AM
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Checkered stock?

Will this method work with checkered stock that has checkering taped off?
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Old 10-21-2017, 03:49 PM
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Why tape the checkering off? Best to strip the laquer out of the checkering along with the rest of the stock. Am I missing something? BTW Old Blades sock method is the best I have tried, works like a charm every time. I have done 3 rifles now using that method with great results.
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Thanks for the tip! I did this today on a Remington 511 that I received from by Dad. This trick worked like a charm!!!
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Great, and timely for me
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