Removing Scratches from rifle stock

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  1. Airdog

    Airdog New Member

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    I have some surface scratches on my 1991 Browning BAR. Does anyone know how to remove them scraches with refinishing the stock? The scraches are not into the wood......
    Also, What kind of finish is on the wood? It looks like varnish or polyurathane.
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    Helix_FR Active Member

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    Best thing to do is post a picture but its probably tru oil. Tru Oil you can fix easily w/o completely stripping the stock unless the scratches are really deep.
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    Thanks....I will give it a shot..
  4. army mp

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    I have used Tru-Oil and it will touch-up a scratch . A side bar to this. I have not tried this but a few years back. I read an article about removing dings in rifle stocks. The guy said to put a damp towel over it and use a normal clothes Iron medium heat, back and forth over the ding, would rise it out. I never tried it. But thought I would throw it out there. See if anyone else has heard of it.
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    yes that works but only if the ares is stripped of its finish. The steam needs to penetrate the wood to make the grains raise back out. If there is finish on the gun the steam can't get into the wood. Steaming out dents does work well but its does have its limitations. Dents with broken grain won't raise much.
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    Good to know. I have a Marlin 336. Brush gun that I am going to re-finish now that hunting season is over. I thought about one of the poly stocks. But you just cant beat the look of wood .
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    Airdog,
    I have had real good luck with a product called "restore-a finish" made by the Howard company. It is sold in Home Depots in the paint department. This stuff is remarkable! No stripping or sanding, just wipe it on. It works for me. You can get it in the wood color you are working on, but I tend to use the walnut for almost everything.
    Old Gun Guy
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    AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! You should be banished for having such horrible thoughts. Oh wait you did say wood looks better. All forgiven:D
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    Yes I will admit I did consider it. But did deiced I could not do such a horrible think to a great looking weapon.
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    you have not told us what type finish you have,if its poly you can use 0000 steel wool to remove them and then lightly buff.if its oil base still 0000 steel wool but poss tru oil as described above.if these scratches are light then i would call it normal use and leave it alone. old semperfi
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    The iron works good but the hotter the better.
    I have a buddy who had some BAD dents. He wet em good, applied a very wet wash cloth and a red hot head of a bolt-heated w/ torch. It lifted the dents. May need a couple doses of water/heat. Some deep gouges wont lift much or for sure entirely.
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    Scratches add character! No need to repair them!
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    I've removed many dents from old stocks. First I clean with Murphy's Oil Soap that comes in a spray bottle. I set the iron heat one notch down from as hot as it will go. I place a thick towel over the area and make sure that it is thoroughly soaked. I only use the tip of the iron ( just over an inch or so). I work on a tiny area at a time, and you might have to do two dozen passes to completely raise a good dent. I really like the Howard products as mentioned above. They are pretty amazing.
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    I have tried True-Oil and Restore-a-Finish and both products did not work...Can anyone tell me what kind of finish is on the Browning Bar.
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    Picture would really help.
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