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Stock repair

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by ftstinyc, Jun 25, 2003.

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  1. ftstinyc

    ftstinyc Member

    Apr 6, 2003
    Is there a method to remove a dent from a gun stock? I read
    somewhere that steam can be used to lift the dent. Does any-
    one know if this is true or not? If this is the case how is it done?
    I would appreciate your help.
  2. romulus

    romulus Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    on a glacial structure
    It's not only possible, it's the recommended method. Several ways you can do it...I take a wet terry towel (clean water) and apply a hot clothes iron to it, right in line with the dent. The iron will "shoot" steam right into the dent.

    Stock boiling is another method which I've used with good results. I've also ruined beautiful stocks this way by overboiling and cracking the wood :banghead: :uhoh:
  3. saddenedcitizen

    saddenedcitizen Member

    Jun 27, 2003
    Yes - it can be done.
    Have done this several times.
    Use a pencil soldering iron and moist paper towel.
    Fold the paper towel several times (until about 1 or 2 inches on a side)
    and squeeze it until it is just 'very moist' (yeah I know - real scientific
    and exact but you don't want it to be 'dripping wet')
    Place the towel over the dent and apply the soldering iron for a few
    seconds. Check the progress. May be necessary to repeat process.
    This will NOT completely remove the dent (simply adding mosture
    to the wood fibers and causing them to expand) however it
    will help.
    Also, a caveat.
    If the stock is finished with a waterproof finish (polyurethane etc.)
    this will NOT work but will make a mess of the 'plastic' finish'
    You will have to strip/sand/remove the finish first.

    Good Luck (no, I'm NOT being sarcastic - I mean it !!)
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