Sako Refinishinhg stock

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  1. dkdivot28

    dkdivot28 Active Member

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    I have a old Finnbear. What was the finish on these stocks?

    Can I remove with what? Recommendations please.

    Thx

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    All Finnbears are old. What model do you have? An early L61R, a later L61R, an AIII, or an early AV, or a later AV will all have a different stock finish.
     
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    Later L61R
     
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    The late L61Rs are a little easier to strip than the earlier ones with the dark color in the polyurethane. Any common paint/varnish stripper will soften it so you can scrap it off. I prefer the citrus based strippers, as they don't have some of the harsh chemicals & fumes & smell better. The citrus stuff also washes up with water. Don't expect it to all come off at once. It will come off in layers with multiple applications of stripper. A stiff toothbrush will work on the checkering & washing the panels out with water will prep them for repointing. If you don't clean up & repoint the checkering your refinish will look very amateurish.
     

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