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Thread: Refinishing Hugarian SA-85 stocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLB
    What ratio of bleach to water? I might have to try that.
    I wish I could tell ya what the ratio was but like I said, I wanted these totally white so I just poured about 1/3 of the bottle in there with enough water for the wood to float. Not very specific but thats what I did.
    LoL, it was tough just walking into the garage after the 3 1/2 hours. It felt like Co2 gas.

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    I'm going to be using a buttstock from one of these kits for an AMD63 build. I have done the initial cleanup and sanding. The wood is in similar condition to all the pictures that have been posted. Tomorrow I will try out the wood bleach (oxalic acid) I picked up from lowes today. I've been taking pics before each step so you all can see how much it helps.

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    c kassidy
    looks like you have a good process. I have tried 1, alchol 2, oven cleaner, 3, heat gun none of thease have removied all of the stain out of the stock's. just a thanks for posting the photos. the bleatch sound like it will work better. muttman

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    Any concern about the impact on the wood structure from such a strong use of bleach? by bleach I mean clorox not oxalic acid..

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerse
    Any concern about the impact on the wood structure from such a strong use of bleach? by bleach I mean clorox not oxalic acid..
    There is always that chance. So far, I havent had any problems but I have only done 3 stocksets this way.
    I tried the wood bleach once but the results werent nearly as good as the clorox bleach.

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    Is there a way to "neutralize" the effect of the bleach, that is say should you wipe it down with something after it comes out of the bleach water to stop the process or stabilize it? Sorry if this sounds uninformed but well that is what I am!

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    I don't think so, but you should let it dry and day or two just to make sure its completely dry.
    I am curious to see this SA-85m wood after noonanda gets his done.

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    Well guys,

    Here is the wood as I got it on my kit.

    Not too bad but very, very grungy. Lots of dirt on there. I got to sanding and was finding that there really is some nice wood under there.
    Sooooo, I sanded the crap out of mine and then bleached it as I have described above. I do not know the process noonanda is going by so I am still anxious to see his.

    Here is my sa-85 wood after it was bleached and dried.

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    Nice wood finish, how does bleach compare to oxyclean?

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    I used 409 with 0000 Xtra fine steel wood for grunge and dirt cleaning, rinsed with water, then 30 minutes OxyClean, then rinse and dry. Next is some light sanding then on to staining & finish coatings
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    Did I do that?

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