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how can i safely remove shellac stain from a laminated wood stock? Answered

I recently bought a Mosin Nagant rifle and the stock is in decent shape but the finish isn't so hot. it has a laminated wood stock and I was wondering how I could remove the old stain without any ill affects to the stock i have heard of people that have ruined the stock using stain removers? so any ideas will help thanks

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aerayBest Answer (author)2009-12-08

I have a M-N M44 Carb that I am building a custom stock for. If I was rehabbing the original stock, I would just use sandpaper and a bit of elbow grease, and skip the chemicals. Based on the quality of the finish on my rifle, it wouldn't really take that much sanding to do the trick.

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vince 09 (author)aeray2009-12-09

ya I was wondering if I could just sand it off. and do I need special stain or would any stain work?

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aeray (author)vince 092009-12-09

Any stain will work, but you need to put a clearcoat (varnish, lacquer, clear polyurethane, etc) over the top of the stain too. Stain is for coloring and wood conditioning, and the clearcoat is for durability, waterproofing, and easy cleaning.

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vince 09 (author)aeray2009-12-10

ok well thanks for the help man 

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aeray (author)vince 092009-12-10

No problem. Let me know how it turns out. Also, I just thought of a downside to sanding it: you might lose some of the stamps/marks on the stock. Mine has about a dozen different marks (on the stock alone, many more on the action/barrel/etc.), and it is somewhat interesting to look up what they signify.

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vince 09 (author)aeray2009-12-11

ya i thought of that too but i looked for markings and only found 3 so i can just lightly sand around them or something, but i might post something about it depending on how it turns out.

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