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    Default Stock Finish Removal?

    How do you remove the clear coat on the stocks? Just looking for some different methods out there. The technique I use was learned from the gunsmith I work for, it involves, a stiff brush, Mr. clean, bleach, hot water, steel wool, and a heat source. this method works great on oil finishes and good on varnish, I have been tempted to use some liguid finish remover on the Romy stock I'm working on now to save some time. So whats you favorite method?

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    What finish? A Romy stock is shellac. Denatured Alcohol and elbow grease will remove shellac.

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    You are right again Hcpookie... kinda just asummed a solvent based varnish never thought they would use shellac on a military firearm and I had not tested the finish yet, I just tried some denatured alchohol and bingo! I have some nice blonde shellac flakes that I could use to finish as original, but probably not. What about other AK's finishes? They aren't all shellac are they?

    Duane

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    I coated my Romy wood with "EZ Strip" and the finish softened and slowly dissolved in about an hour. That was some thick snotty stuff! Stiff brush and hot water. Then a rag with acetone to remove the last traces and residue. A light sanding and then applied tung oil.
    A few more coats of tung oil and it'll be done. Looks much nicer than stock. (Pun intended.)

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    spraycan of Kleen Strip, 15 minutes, scrapes right off, no elbow grease necessary!

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    Careful use of a heat gun (on low setting) and a paint scraper work pretty well too.

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    "I coated my Romy wood with "EZ Strip""...

    Ditto. With almost everything Eastern Block? Start with a good modern paint stripper. These will NOT damage your wood - they will, in many cases, remove that first coat of chemical crap - and a good chunk of any inferior stain.

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    it is much easier with denatured alcohol than strippers guys. Trust me. I do alot of them and I can completely strip and Romy stockset in 15 or 20 minutes. Strippers are good on finishes that are not shellac or shellac based but is overkill on Romanian furniture....Give it a try and see......
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