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removing dents / scratches from stocks

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by wow6599, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    I have an 1894 with a couple of dent like scratches. These 2 "dents" did not go beyond the finish. I also have a nice, high-gloss walnut stock on a shotgun that has some indentions from leaving a shell (neoprene) holder on it (like an idiot) and am wondering what to do to fix them - if anything. I have another Marlin stock that is NIB, but it doesn't match the forend. I have used Old English scratch remover, different oils, hard buffing, etc..

    Is there anything that I can do to fix these problems?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Dents that did not cut the wood fiber are steamed out with a wet rag & a iron like you do your shirt collars with.

    The steam from the wet rag is forced into the wood and expands the wood fibers back where it came from.

    You are SOL there I'm afraid.

    If the wood grain is that different, even complete stripping, sanding, staining, and refinishing will probably still result in the same color mismatch.

    The reason one is lighter then the other is because the grain is tighter on it and it didn't take stain as well.

  3. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    Thank You rc.

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