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Can anybody post AK finish pictures

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mp5a3, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. mp5a3

    mp5a3 Well-Known Member

    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 !!
  2. NC-Mike

    NC-Mike Well-Known Member

  3. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    Tung oil here. BSW




    At the rifle match.

  4. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    That last pic is cool BSW!

    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.

  5. Storm

    Storm Well-Known Member

    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.

  6. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Snake.Doctor

    Snake.Doctor Member

    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...

  8. mp5a3

    mp5a3 Well-Known Member

    Nice, "briansmithwins" I like that finish, very simple but looks good. I may go that way. That last picture is pretty cool, you can see the gas being vented.
  9. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    snake doctor that sbr is pretty
  10. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Note that in most photos, the stocks usually look too red, redder than they actually are.

    Here's my Bulgarian AK-74 from Ohio Rapid Fire with an Ironwood laminated butt stock, and original hand guards done in dark Russian Red:


  11. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I washed the stocks with dishwasher soap and let them dry. No stain just rubbed with steel wool and tung oil. Took about 6-7 coats of tung oil before the wood quit drinking it in.

    If you like the gas blast from that pic you'll love this (off topic) picture. BSW

  12. vit

    vit Well-Known Member

    A couple I did with RIT dyes and sparurethane.

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