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Is there a way to get paint off a synthetic stock?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by hometheaterman, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. hometheaterman

    hometheaterman Well-Known Member

    So I have a synthetic stock from a muzzle loader that's been painted over a camo pattern. It's now chipping off in spots and I'm just not so found of it anymore. Is there a way to remove paint without damaging the stock or should I just not worry about it?
  2. dave45cal7

    dave45cal7 Member

    hometheatreman: try de-natured alcohol. You can get it at a hardware store about $8.00 a gallon. dave45cal7@verizon.net Let me know if it works.
  3. chevyforlife21

    chevyforlife21 Well-Known Member

    alcohol or wd40 or lighter fluid.
  4. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    They make a commercial paint remover in a spray can that is used to remove graffiti. I think you can get it from Graingers. I have used it before and it is safe for some plastics. Test it on a spot that's hidden first. May be able to get it from an institutional or industrial supplier. Cant remember what the name of it is however sorry.:eek:
  5. Ester IX:XVI

    Ester IX:XVI Active Member

    can you paint a synthetic stock with out stripping it first??
  6. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    That depends on what its painted with and what kind of condition the paint is.

    As example, if the stock is painted with a paint that doesn't work well on synthetics and its peeling or the paint isn't compatible with what you're planning on using, you probably need to strip.

    Some paints may "reject" applications of a different paint.
  7. Fumbler

    Fumbler Well-Known Member

    Absolutely...and i wish I didn't do it.
    You can get paints specially made that bond very very well to plastic.
    I have a synthetic stock that I painted camo. The base coat was Krylon Fusion, a plastic specific paint. It bonded very well and the other colors stuck to the Fusion well.

    Now my problem is I don't like the finish.
    I'm interested to see what other solutions people have.

    I was going to try different solvents, but I also had the idea of glass blasting it. I'm not sure how well that would go...
  8. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    True Grit

    I tried solvents/etc and finally fell back on sandpaper (wet or dry fine grit of increasing size). It may be archaic and slow (and a pain) but it works and works well.
  9. Horsemany

    Horsemany Well-Known Member

    You'd probably be better off sanding and repainting with a better paint. IMO it will never look the same after you strip the paint. And it may have been sanded before it was painted to give the paint "tooth". I'd find a color you like and respray.
  10. Wildfire

    Wildfire Well-Known Member


    Hey There :
    Go to Your local sign shop and ask for {Rapid Remover} That should work they also have another product that is used for removing Graffti from plexi glass and other plastics and composites. If the do not have it look up a sign supply dealer in your area.

    These products won't hurt that stock. Or any original painted parts.
    They are Citrus based.
  11. Wildfire

    Wildfire Well-Known Member

    Watch out.

    Hey there :
    I do a lot of bead and sand blasting. You may not like what you see when done.
    Sand or bead blasting that stock WILL find holes just under what is now a somewhat normal surface. The Alcohol will penetrate too deep and will crack many composites and many plastics.
    Put alcohol on any plexi glass and see what happens. Get it near an edge and it will make spider lines all through the plex. It will do the same thing to your stock . You just can't see it.

    Blasting could work if done at low PSI and at a distance.
    Many of these composite stocks have holes just under the surface. Some are way bigger than you want to find.
  12. Old Guard Dog

    Old Guard Dog Well-Known Member

    I refinished a Maverick 88 that had a poor home-made camo paint job, and I blasted it, then used DuraCoat on it. It came out nice, and kept the detail on the stock and fore-end. I used Alox at a distance, but I think glass bead would be better, and keep a smoother surface. (I didn't have glass bead in the cabinet, and didn't feel like changing it) A whole lot easier than sanding, and sanding would not get the paint out of the details and grooves.
  13. plateshooter

    plateshooter Well-Known Member

    The best paint I have ever found for synthetic rifle stocks is Dupli Color truck bed liner. That stuff is REALLY durable. It also has a texture to it that provides a good grip on the surface. I sand the stock lightly to break up the glaze from the old camo paint, wipe it down with mineral spirits, then hit it with the bed liner. I let it cure until I can no longer smell the solvent on the painted stock. (not real scientific, but it works for me). I have been completely satisfied with the stocks I have redone. If you ever do scratch through the paint, touch up is easy.

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