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30 Apr 2017 21:25 #1 by shootist
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I have a number of Browning firearms in my "toolbox", all of which have quite pretty stock wood that is nicely figured. Some are finished with a very practical satin finish while others have a totally impractical gloss finish that almost looks like a lacquer or polyurethane.

Because I enjoy using these "tools" and don't see them as something to be put away with the greatest of care lest they be marked in some way, I would like to remove the gloss coating and refinish them with a nice satin finish; a little sheen maybe, but definitely not gloss.

Does anybody know what the Browning finish is and if so what can be used to remove it.

I would like to hear from anybody who has actually done it with success, not opinions of what might work.
I'm thinking it needs to be a solvent of some sort because it will be necessary to get the checkering clean as well, without having to resort to re-dressing it.

Thanks in advance for your help

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30 Apr 2017 22:31 #2 by MrCarbine
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Finish removal
Nothing that you might have on hand will touch a synthetic finish. No regular paint stripper, remover or softener will make an impression on it. Sanding it off would be a full-time job lasting weeks. However, for just such a project, Brownells (Dept. RS, 200 South Front St., Montezuma, IA 50171; 641/623-5401; www.brownells.com ) has a synthetic finish stripper that will remove even the most impervious poly-based finishes. Apply it according to the instructions and your life will be much easier.
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01 May 2017 08:35 #3 by shootist
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Thanks for that info'.
I'll see if Brownells Aus. can get it for me.

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01 May 2017 19:12 - 01 May 2017 19:16 #4 by Aushunter
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Hi shootist, I have refinished a few stocks & what the original finish is does determine what you will use to strip it back.

In the stocks I have re done that have a heavy varnish on them I just used a paint/varnish stripper to get that layer off first then started the sanding process.

Anything from Bunnings will do the job.

If it is so heavily varnished you may need to do this a couple of times.

Some people use a heat gun as well to help soften the lacquer making it easier to remove but I choose not to do that as I have concerns about warping the wood.


Removing an oil finish is another method altogether.
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01 May 2017 21:34 #5 by leverhappy
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I have used Citristrip Gel on two rifle stocks, a Sportco and an Anschutz
Worked well on both , the gel allows it to dwell on the stock while it's hanging.

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02 May 2017 07:38 #6 by adamjp
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For the original finish on a Browning rifle (I've got two of them) the Selleys Polystrippa product works well with two or three coats.

My BLR in 308 came to me painted in a 'camo' finish because the previous owner was unhappy with how the factory finish was marking when chasing pigs. I stripped that finish off, then the finish under it to get back to the bare wood. Always avoid sanding when doing this as the wood is usually fitted to the metalwork and sanding will make it undersize.


I then refinished the wood with Tung oil and Wax to form a hard and very waterproof top layer which is easy to refinish if it takes knock.


My other BLR in 416 Ruger still has the factory finish, but I cannot see that lasting terribly long.

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02 May 2017 14:03 #7 by shootist
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Thanks for the replies. The Brownells product is not available from their Aus distributor - dangerous good transportation problems'.

It seems like the two other products mentioned will make a trip to "the big green shed" worthwhile. I've got nothing to lose by trying either one. I sure didn't want to have to resort to sanding in any way; maybe a rub with steel-wool to level the pores before/during refinishing.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

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02 May 2017 18:14 #8 by DeadMeat
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Im up to the 3rd coat of oil on an old Brno 2 that Im re doing. Some regular thick paint stripper I had didnt do much, so I used some brake fluid. That worked a treat but probably gave me ball cancer. After the stripping and a thorough rinsing I used an old cotton t-shirt soaked in water and a clothes iron to get the last bits of stain and finish out of the wood. It also brought all the dings out and allowed me to sand them too.

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02 May 2017 18:48 #9 by adamjp
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shootist wrote: Thanks for the replies. The Brownells product is not available from their Aus distributor - dangerous good transportation problems'.

It seems like the two other products mentioned will make a trip to "the big green shed" worthwhile. I've got nothing to lose by trying either one. I sure didn't want to have to resort to sanding in any way; maybe a rub with steel-wool to level the pores before/during refinishing.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

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To help the stripping product work, once applied, wrap the wet stock in cling wrap. This keeps the strippa it in close contact with the wood, but helps stop it from drying out over time.

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