Sako 85 Finnlight Unstuck

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  1. d31t

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    So, I got a good deal on a Sako 85 Finnlight in 270 WSM when Sportsman's Warehouse was closing. Didn't need it, since I had a Tika M695 7mm RM that serves it's purpose as my bean field rifle. So the 270 has sat in the safe, in the back, waiting for kids to get old enough.

    I pulled it out recently and it was tacky, like post it note tacky. Maybe a little tackier. I Googled and there was some advice about what to do, but not a lot, so I figured I'd post what I did.

    A number of posts mentioned rubbing alcohol to remove the soft touch coating. Some mentioned acetone. One mentioned rubbing alcohol and a scraper. I started with rubbing alcohol on cotton cloth. I seemed to do something on a small area, so I kept at it. I soon realized that was going too slow and not getting all of the coating off. So I used the alcohol with a 3M green abbrasive pad. That was the ticket. It still took awhile, but I got the sticky gone. I alternated with an alcohol soaked abbrasive pad and then cleaned it with an alcohol soaked cotton pad. When I felt the coating was all gone, I washed the stock with hot water and dawn soap, using a brush to give it a light scrub.


    When it was dry, it didn't look too bad. It's a synthetic stock, not like it was beautiful walnut to start hacking at. It did have some areas where it looked like it was a different layer. I tried acetone at this point to see if I had missed some of the coating. It did appear to remove some more coating. Another wash and dry. It looked better, but still had sanding marks. It kind of gave it a wood texture look, but not that nice. So I tried a little bit of mineral oil to even out the color. I applied a light coat and thoroughly dried/removed the oil to the point it felt dry. It filled in the landing marks and looks pretty good - for a synthetic stock that I took an abrasive pad to.

    Anyway, no more tacky "soft touch". And it looks good enough to bring out and not feel embarrassed for bubbafying a Sako.
     
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    Good tips for people looking for ways to get rid of the soft touch coating. I can confirm acetone will do the trick for sure, but I imagine the fumes will be pretty awful to deal with while doing it.

    I would like to strip one of those carbonlight stocks like this some day. The carbon fiber in the clear resin looks pretty nice without the cloudy soft touch on it. Might be slippery without the coating but a few well placed strips of grip tape should fix that.
     
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    The “after” pic. Unremarkable, since it pretty much looks like the “before” pic.
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