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Stripping Stock Finish

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by BulletArc47, Jan 6, 2013.

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  1. BulletArc47

    BulletArc47 Member

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    What are the pros and cons of using a stripper (Like Citrus Strip) vs sanding the original finish off?

    Thanks :cool:
     
  2. meanmrmustard

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    I use industrial paint, finish, and varnish stripper.

    I then use a damp cloth to wipe it away after it has "curdled" the old finish. Using hot water helps draw out old stain. To speed that process up, I use generous amounts of Krud Cutter. Once clean of finish (I use a toothbrush to get in hard places), hang to dry for a day or more.

    This is when I use sanding: 400 grit to blend, 600 to smooth, 1200 to blend finish, stain, sealers, then 0000 steel wool for final buff.

    There really aren't cons if used properly.
     
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