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Old 11-12-2008, 07:10 AM
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How does one go about preparing and refinishing the checkering area of a stock without sanding the area flat or filling valleys with stain? Am going to try my hand at refinishing a Browning A-bolt. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:38 AM
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If you're going to refinish the entire stock, go ahead and strip it down first. If the Browning finish is similar to the Remington, that's a tough job in itself. After stripping, cover the checkering best you can with that blue masking tape or better yet, 3M which is expensive but doesn't stick and peels off nicely without supposedly pulling the finish with it after sitting for a while. Be sure to press it down especially well in the border or perimeter if there is no border. When the finish is done, pull the tape, and you might still see some intrusion of the finish in the checkering. No problem, but you will probably need the V-Tool, which is used to recut and/or cleanout the diamonds. This tool cuts like a plow, and will sharpen and remove finish on the checkered surface. Maybe you will want to practice on another cheaper gun first. Once you clean out the diamonds to your satisfaction, seal the checkering with a clear coat like Lin-Speed, or there are products specifically designed for the task. Avoid too much: shiny dulled-out gummed-up diamonds are the cheapest looking travesty a good rifle can possess.

Check out Brownells or Midway, the DemBart company and the Gunline Tools company both have these products, and there are great books on the subject. The one I used to learn was from Monty Kennedy. Here is my set of tools used to do the entire job from start to finish.

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:49 AM
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Great Job!! Why don't i just send the stock to you to do. Just kidding!!!
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I strip the finish from the entire stock, checkering included, with Formby's Furniture Refinisher from WallyWorld - but it might not work on the Browning epoxy finish, where I would use something like Citristrip instead.

Work the checkered areas with an old toothbrush to strip them, then use a different old toothbrush (one w/o stripper) to rub the finish into the checkering.

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Old 11-13-2008, 08:19 AM
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I strip the finish from the entire stock, checkering included, with Formby's Furniture Refinisher from WallyWorld - but it might not work on the Browning epoxy finish, where I would use something like Citristrip instead.

Work the checkered areas with an old toothbrush to strip them, then use a different old toothbrush (one w/o stripper) to rub the finish into the checkering.

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That is how I have done it.

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