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    Default Furniture Reconditioning

    Being here in merry old England, gun parts are alittle bit harder to purchase/import. Although you can buy active weapons most collectors are happier with deatived weapons.

    I'm currently looking to compliment my Russian Arms collection with a AK47/AKM and a RPK.

    Now most of the RPK's I've seen the furniture is alittle bit scruffy, are they wooden furniture parts easy enough to rub down and revarnish?

    and what product/s gives the most original colour to the wood items as I have seen a few RPKs with darker furniture which doesnt look right

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    There are many different ways to get the finish you want.

    Start with country of origin. If Romanian or Soviet, the final finish is shellac. If Yugoslavian, linseed oil.

    For color, I use RIT (fabric) dye, extracting the color with alcohol and filtering through a coffee filter. My son wanted his Romanian AKM done in a brownish-red, so I used red, yellow and brown dye, mixing them in different proportions until we got the look he wanted.

    The stock was prepared by using alcohol and steel wool to strip the shellac, then several trips through the dishwasher to clean and bleach the wood to a reddish-blonde color.

    Do a search on finishes, you'll find a lot of info and techniques.
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    cheers, thats really helpful

    The Russian Collection: Mosin Nagant Carbine, Tokarev SVT40, Simonov SKS45, RPD, Romak3 PSL - RPK coming soon...

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    Thanks for the tips

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    Be careful if you use a dishwasher. I'm a single parent, so no SO getting angry with me, plus any stock stamps will tend to disappear due to the steaming action of the dishwasher.
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    I did use boiling water in bath tub, or plastic container.I works fine.

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