I have a WASR-10/63 that I've so far been very happy with. I cleaned up the gun and put a light coat of Slip 2000 Gun Lube. It really makes the metal look a lot better. I actually don't mind the plain wood, but I'm one of those guys that just likes messing around with stuff and have considered refinishing the wood. Just something simple. Can anyone post some pics of their refinished wood AK's just so I can get an idea. Thanks. This forum is great !!
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I put a US made Ironwood pistol grip on my AK, but the wood is Walnut and the fore end was a much lighter wood. I stained them both with an alcohol based stain until they matched, then finished with Tung Oil finish.
The old finished was removed with paint stripper and came off pretty easy.
July 28, 2009, 02:33 PM
My finish looks to be a lot like DMK's. This was the furniture from a Fort Benning AK that was black as soot. It was lightly sanded, dyed with aneline dye (red mahogany) and covered with Watco's Danish Oil Finish. The laminate grain is still visible underneath but is far less vivid. It's less red than the photo makes it look.
I'm redoing another set of laminate furniture to be more original with the laminate grain heightened by the use of Min-Wax golden oak and red oak stain for contrast.
I've redone 3 sets of AK furniture with Watco Oil (the more common interior version). All turned out well, with the set made by Ironwood Industries out of beech turning out absolutely terrific, similar to what BSW is showing (except on beech). I've also used tung oil on other wood projects. IMHO, tung oil will produce a somewhat nicer finish with extensive work, but if the gun isn't a wallhanger, the added durability of Watco oil and fewer coats and sanding required is probably a good tradeoff.
I think Ironwood Industries actually recommends, on their website, Watco's outdoor oil finish, but I was not able to find that locally. I imagine it would be more durable still.
July 28, 2009, 04:55 PM
I refinished the woods from the two on top, the first was an Hungarian with very clear wood, the second is a Romanian with a crappy varnish on it.
The last one is an original AKS-74U from Tula, Russia, and the wood is just perfect...