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Old 10-04-2019, 12:28 AM
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Have any of you ever stripped the factory finish from a CZ 452 AMERICAN?



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I've refinished several walnut-stocked CZ rifles and have had pretty good success at getting most of the factory finish off using gelled Methylene Chloride. But, I've never stripped a CZ American, only the FS, Lux, and Varmint models. The MC works pretty well on these models, but they seem to have a different factory finish than the Americans. So, I'm wondering if anyone here has stripped an American stock with a chemical stripper, and if so, how did it go?

I've seen a few posts over the years where people tried to strip one of the Beech stocked guns like the 452 Trainer, and had an extremely difficult time of it. Basically, the chemical stripper barely touched the factory finish, so they had to scrape and sand the finish off, and it was a major PITA. The Trainer finish is smooth and glossy (at least mine is) in a similar manner to the American, so I'm wondering if the American finish might be as tenacious as some have found the Trainer's to be.
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Old 10-04-2019, 02:00 PM
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Removing 452 American finish

I've done one 452 American. I used Citri Strip with good luck. Give it time to do its work.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:47 PM
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I've done one 452 American. I used Citri Strip with good luck. Give it time to do its work.
Thanks for that info. Encouraging! Did it remove the factory finish down to the bare wood, or did you still have to sand it a good bit just to remove the factory stain and reveal unstained wood?
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Old 10-05-2019, 06:30 PM
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I have re-finished my CZ 452 Varmint stock and used Zip strip.
worked very good, the is no stain in the stock CZ used the stain in the finish



Came out very well.

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Old 10-05-2019, 08:13 PM
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I am not sure if the finish is the same on the 452 . Just stripped a 455 American yesterday . Had called CZ USA and verified the factory finish as being Lacquer . Started out buy using stripper, Kleenstrip , unfortunatly M.C. is not available in my area but the product worked well . Took couple of applications over an hour or so . Used a sharp plastic scraper that didn't damage the wood ,The checkering didn't have the lacquer finish at all . There didn't seem to be a stain but penetration factor of the lacquer was evident especially at any end grain sections. I used 320 wet or dry and a mixture of 50 -50 lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol to further the process . All said and done the finish came off completely . I didn't photo document and have the first dust sanding done with B.L.O. its in the drying rack now . Good luck with the project ! I do have a question for others that have refinished the CZ rimfires . What angle single line cutter worked best for redo on the checkering after refinish my stock has been used in the field heavily and needs to be recut . I have heard that some European Mfg's use 60 degree only some 90 degree . WJR

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Old 10-05-2019, 08:51 PM
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midwest swiss, that does look good! What is the finish that you applied?

I have refinished 9 CZs that I can think of at the moment, and the stripper worked pretty well on all of them. A couple of them, the 527 Varmint and I believe one of the 550 FS, took quite a bit of sanding after removing all of the finish that I could with the MC stripper. But as you pointed out, the stain that is in the factory finish didn't really penetrate the wood, so that's fortunate.

Here's my refinished 453 Varmint...


wjritchie, your experience with the 455 American is also encouraging. The factory finish on the 455 American looks pretty much the same as that on the 452 to my eyes, but who knows... I think I'm getting bold enough to give the MC a try and see what happens. I just hope I don't get into what Oldblades did with the Trainer...
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