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to poly or not to poly that tis' the question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by paintballdude902, Jan 21, 2008.

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  1. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Member

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    so i cant decide whether ot not i should to a coat of spray on poly on my ishy 2a enfield

    it will be shiny and will be water resistant if i do

    it will be more authentic if i just finish it with some toung oil and some wax

    will poly hurt the resale value?
     
  2. takhtakaal

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    Tongue oil?

    That sounds vaguely nasty.

    I'd follow the example here and send it out for a good parkerizing if you want to refinish it and originality isn't a concern.
     
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  3. Kipling79

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    When I was 20, I completely refinished my Ishy using Poly and Perma Blue. I can't comment on devaluing, but the gun looked amazing and the gun shop I sold it to gave me a premium during a college money crunch .

    I did regret using Poly on my old Remington 341-1 when I refinished it at the same time. The Poly really subtracted from the natural look and feel of the wood, but I didn't mind that on the Ishy for some reason.

    PS. I have had hit-or-miss results with perma blue, but the steel on the ISHY took the bluing amazingly well. It came out dark as midnight and tough to boot.
     
  4. Cmdr. Gravez0r

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    The Ishy is such an ugly rifle pretty much ANYTHING you do to is an improvement--unless you're really worried about the milsurp resale value. I for one would pay a little extra for that finish.
     
  5. paintballdude902

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    huff

    thats what i did exactly i used perma blue to fill in patches on the metal and polied over the wood

    but i went to raise a dent with an iron and it messed up the poly so i had to strip it and thats when i made this thread

    btw- what did u get for it?
     
  6. pete f

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    go to the hardware store and get a can of 8 ounce can of satin polyurethane, using an old rag, dip it in the finish and rub it into the wood. rub it almost dry, repeat once a day for week, you will be amazed at the finish you leave behind. take a piece of 0000 (really fine) steel wool and slowly buff it out, finish with a clean rag.
     
  7. Kipling79

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    I am slowly coming to the conclusion that oils are better for me, since when the stock or poly gets injured, I have to consider an in-depth refinishing instead of just fixing the flaw and then rubbing in some more oil.

    I sold my gun back in 2003 or so, when they seemed a little bit more available & cheaper... I think I got over $100 for it, and had purchased it for only $90 a few years prior.

    They seem to be moving well in the mid-$100's now... I have been keeping my eye out for another Ishy "beater" to restore. I loved that cannon.
     
  8. paintballdude902

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    i payed alot of mine at 210 in nov 2006 but its all matching and really nice wood wiht only one repair on the rear hand guard

    when i can i think im gonna sell it but i dont want less than 300 soooo it may be a while lol

    my finish was great when i did it with poly the first time but i wasnt sure whether or not to do it again but i think i am
     
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    I am a woodworker so when it came time to refinish stocks on two of my rifles I was a little picky. I experimented with various products and settled on Tru Oil. It's easy to use, I applied it with my bare hands, dries fast. Rub with oooo steel wool between coats. The finnish is a low luster, very pleasing, I think it would be perfect on a milsurp. After several years of use I'm satisfied.
     
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