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    Default Russian T3 stock restoration.

    I did this stock for a customer a few weeks or so ago and thought it would make a good post to show the different stages of the restoration and what can be acheived with a lot of time an patience.

    It is a PLO stock and was in pretty rough shape when I got it.
    It was so oil soaked that the note he sent with it had aborbed some of the ooil and was translucent.

    I started with a good cleaning in some hot water and soap to remove the major dirt and oil from the surface beofre stripping what was left of the finish from the wood.

    The following pics are after the cleaning and before the stripping and deep cleaning.

    Click the little pic for a big pic.



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    Here is the stock after an extensive and deep cleaning.
    The method I used is similar to the one descirbed on DC's website.
    http://gunscience.com/VARNISH/frame.htm?Page1_ie.htm

    You can see the dramatic change once all the oil is out of the wood.
    The extensive damage to the upper HG is very evident once eveything is clean.
    I thought I may be able to save this piece, but is was too badly damaged and needed to be replaced.
    I was able to get another used upper from DC for the set.




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    Here is the set after the repairs and sanding to remove dents and gouges.

    You can see the "new" upper with a new skin laminated to the top.



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    Now the stock is all done.

    What a transformation.



    While the restored stocks are not as good as new, they are very close and would look very nice on a Russian T3 clone in instead of very expensive and hard to find new Russian milled wood.




    These are two pics of the restored grip next to a new original finish Russian T3 grip.


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    wow NICE WOOD! great job

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    Z -- the way you did the lower!
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    Fantastic job! Looks incredible.
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    WOW! amazing!!!!!!!!!!

    so nice to see pics all the way thru the process.

    i know my dad has some refinishing he wanted to do (don't know if he's going to do it himself or not) but with your permission, Zrecto, i'd like to send these pics to show him your work!
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    Thanks guys.

    Winn, I only cleaned and finished the lower, the Russians did the shaping.
    It does look pretty cool though.

    PPW, have at it.

    Why not send him a link to my photo album as well.
    http://photobucket.com/albums/v43/cmepw/

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    Incredible!
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