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Old 11-16-2013, 08:52 AM
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Recently picked up first 39A. 1965. Lots of surface rust, cleaning up nicely.
Question. The stock seems unfinished. Should I finish? If so, what do you experts recommend? The forearm is plain but the buttstock has some really nice grain. ( I am too stupid to post pics!)
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:20 AM
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What ever you do to the stock, don't sand it, you take off wood that can not be put back, use a stripper. Us the "Search" function, there is a lot of info on stock finishes from the factory over different era's.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:43 AM
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If you use a stripper you will have to sand as it raises the grain. If the wood is nice and smooth but bare, you can spray it with rattle can lacquer. Clean it with mineral spirits beforehand and let it dry completely for a day or two. I suggest this because it will not require sanding and if you don't like the resulting finish it can be wiped off with lacquer thinner.
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The trick is to try and duplicate what it look like coming from the factory.
I have used super fine steel wool and TruOil but it is a matter of opinion when it will look best. Depending on the wood, 2 or 3 coats might be close, using a light touch with the steel wool after each coat. The moment it looks like varnish is too much.

This was sold to me as 98% wood 98% metal. It looks like varnish as there was a strip along the barrel. It will probably be a winter project.

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Marshield is far too ugly to duplicate. That is one factory finish I'll never try to emulate.

Sanding is useful for removing scratches & minor oopsies...and knocking the grain back down after stripping...
huge differences in what grade of sanding paper you use...best to read up on it intensely...

Sometimes it takes a combination of techniques to get a really nice look...
experience in staining furniture is very helpful...

Remember that WINTER causes drying times to triple...or longer...


NOTE: sometimes you may find that you just don't like a job you did previously...
or that someone else did...thank God for Citri-strip
Great thing about wood, you can always Strip & Re-finish, learning new things every time you do it
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Pre-1970 it was a dipped, proprietary, Linseed oil finish.
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that's what i was going to suggest as mine [1959] looked to be lindseed oil finish as well , fairly certain its original but in the photo it needs some TLC ,



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I picked up a nice 39M golden mounty with the exception the stock looked really really bad. Since I was not worried about resale value I just ended up stripping, sanding it down, steaming out the dents and using a rattle can lacquer on it. Did this last winter over christmas vacation in my garage.





I'm good with the results as it is a woods,plinking tree rat rifle.
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Still on the fence. Guess it's more research. Thanks for the help!
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Still on the fence. Guess it's more research. Thanks for the help!
There's a place called "The Wood House" in Springfield...or just google unfinished furniture stores for the place nearest you...
but in those Unfinished stores you can learn TONS about refinishing

Just tell 'em you have an old maple table you want to refinish...they'll tell you everything you need to know
Some even sell/give away a dvd with their finish kits...

and this might help too...
http://generalfinishes.com/
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