Garand Stock Help


November 16, 2008, 07:42 PM
A friend of mine purchased an M1 form this lady for dirt cheap... The Metal Parts are all in great shape the only thing is the stock. The woman's husband refinished the stock and put a thick laquer on it and it is very hard to remove. If anyone has any suggestions it would be appreciated. The stock is in good shape otherwise and I can tell their are visible makers marks on it just hard to see with the thick paint. I have redone stocks before but this is quite a challenge for me.


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November 16, 2008, 08:01 PM
Start with Citri-strip and some elbow length rubber gloves. If chemical stripper won't work, there is always the dishwasher method. If there is a woman that is partial to the dishwasher, you may have some negotiating to do...

November 16, 2008, 08:12 PM
Lol i did the dishwasher method and it didn't make a dent I shall try some different chemical strippers I guess. Thank you! And my wife just looked at me funny when I pulled an M1 stock out of the dishwasher.

November 16, 2008, 08:30 PM
I use Strip-Eze.
It will remove any kind of surface finish and is pretty inexpensive to boot.
Use in a well ventilated area for safeties sake.

November 16, 2008, 10:04 PM
powerwash maybe?
I've heard of some doing it for really tough jobs, but have never had to go more radical than the dishwasher myself (and yes, there are certain ramifications if caught). It does seem a chemical removal may be your best bet. I've used Zip-Strip on furniture, but never had to use it on a stock.

All that said, if it were mine, and as you stated the rifle was bought for a very good deal, I would spring for a nice new replacement stock. Since the metal is in good shape, it could be a real looker with a new set of lumber. :cool:

November 16, 2008, 11:40 PM
My M1 stock had a lot of lacquer on it and I cleaned it off with denatured alcohol, Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware all carry quarts of it. Need gloves and well ventilated area.

November 17, 2008, 02:22 AM
You can always get a brand-new Boyd's walnut stock from Midway for around $110 or so.

November 17, 2008, 07:11 AM

If a solvent base stripper or denatured alcohol won't cut the stuff then it's probably an epoxy base coating. If so, a soak in pure acetone might do it.... but it will take SOAKING... not just a rubdown. You'll need a metal tub of some sort that will hold the acetone and the wood. Lacking that, you'll have to wrap the wood with rags and keep soaking them with the acetone till it starts disolving the epoxy. Needless to say.. do this outdoors.

If none of the above work... then I hate to say it, but it may not come off without some form of abrasive encouragement... i.e. sanding.

Best regards,

Garands forever

wayne in boca
November 17, 2008, 07:14 AM
Jasco paint & epoxy stripper,good stuff.I've stripped a lot of stocks with it,and they all came out great.

Jeff F
November 17, 2008, 07:37 AM
Formby's furniture refinisher will take off most oil and lacquer,varnish, shellac finishes with no damage to the wood. They also make an epoxy remover but I have never used it. If it is an epoxy coating you may have to get after it with the right stripper and some steel wool to break through the epoxy.

November 17, 2008, 11:10 AM
Don't us a power washer. It will dig out the soft grain and then you have a mess. Don't ask me how I know, Just don't do it.

November 17, 2008, 02:59 PM
Ok I used a chemical stripper on the front and rear hand gaurd and it worked nicely! The stock is next. The front hand guard came out a lighter wood that I would never of guessed was under there lol and the Rear hand guard was a nice dark walnut and I am hoping the stock is as well. It is looking great so far so Ill keep you posted. He wants it as a shooter but does not want it to look like a piece of garbage. I must tell you the metal parts look great and I didn't even realize but his serial numbers is only 42 off from mine...

Thank for the Help I will Try and post some Pics!

November 17, 2008, 03:19 PM
I have a Nov 42 issue, birch stock, all but two parts are original. Stock looks like crap but I wouldn't even consider changing it. It still shoots fine. I've seen a lot of different guns being shot, from brand NIB to some of the worst possible shape you can imagine. As long as it fires and gets on target it's a good gun, no matter what it looks like.
5th, 1st MarBrig. ret. (Too many years ago remember)

November 17, 2008, 03:47 PM
I started stripping the stock and with luck it is the same same dark walnut wood the rear hand guard is. Its looking good so far!

And Semper Fi! To my fellow Warriors out there!

November 17, 2008, 04:34 PM

We're going to need pics when you're done.
Thank you for your service.

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