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SKS wood...

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by DropOut, Nov 26, 2007.

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  1. DropOut

    DropOut Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    I know you guys have gotten this question a million times but I CANNOT find the thread for it.

    Anyway, I went and got the SKS and it's beautiful. My father and I have been spending a lot of time together because of if (and his new WASR-10) and It has become my favorite gun - I want it to be in my family hopefully forever.

    The thing is, like almost every SKS I've seen, the wood is all scratched and dented. This doesn't really bother me, but I remember seeing some guy on this site who fixed his up to look BRAND NEW. I was wondering how I could do that with mine? What stuff do I need to buy? How long will it take?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Texastbird

    Texastbird Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    With most of the old military stocks I use EZOFF oven cleaner on it to get the old grease, linseed oil and dirt. You have to disassemble the stock from the action first. Use rubber gloves and do it outside. This will also raise the grain of the wood and some of the smaller dents will come out. After rinsing off the gunk let it dry thoroughly and then you can start sanding the stock down to smooth the grain back out and some of the denting. From here on out you can stain the wood first or just put some tung oil finish on it if you want it the blonde color. I have seen an online step by step, but I don't have a link right now.
  3. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Member

    May 1, 2006
    Between TN & KY
    You can raise some dents by steaming. Put a towel over the dent and use a steam iron (clothing iron) and it will swell/raise the dent. Be careful and check often. Put it up and let it dry for a week in low humity then start the refinish process.
    The stock does need to be clean and prepared first.
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