Gun Stock Refinishing & Restoration
Refinishing of Wood on Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Knife Handles


Gunstock Refinishing — Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Knife Grips

MISSION STATEMENT of FINE GUNSTOCK REFINISHING & RESTORATION

To Provide the Finest in:

  • Restoration and refinishing of formerly finished wooden gunstocks to better than original factory quality and appearance.
  • Unfinished woodstocks. Outstanding custom finishes, from the bare wood up.

                                                                   SPECIALIZING IN:
  • Antique and Older Military / Family Heirlooms / Eliminating Factory "bowling ball" Gloss or Plasticized Finishes on all Modern Stocks / Correcting Refinishing Attempts by Others

GOOD REASONS TO HAVE YOUR GUNSTOCKS REFINISHED

  • Eliminate years of wear & tear resulting in scratches, nicks, dings and general dullness
  • Transform your gunstock from the usual to the superb — a deep, hand-rubbed and polished finish as found on the very finest of firearms.
  • Increase perceived, and likely actual, VALUE. If a stock looks like it belongs on a $15,000 firearm, its inherent value has increased, whether you ever sell it or not. Your stock can have that look.


      And then there are sentimental reasons, which often can be the most important.
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                                             ? DO YOUR OWN REFINISHING ?

                  Online articles: "Refinish Your Own Stock" (written by Anybody's Opinion)

As you likely know, online blurbs have something to say about everything under the sun-- and then some! The website you're now reading ranks high in a google search, but listed before can be how-to videos which seem to come and go monthly, all offered as helpful tutorials on gunstock refinishing: Proceed with caution. A little information (to the unexperienced) is dangerous.

I’ve seen many home-workshop “stock restorations”, usually because they come to me for correction. Almost none would rank above mediocre (and most well below), pretty much by anyone’s standard, including that of the refinisher. In the last year, I've redone nine gunstock refinishings that were started by do-it-yourselfers.

Initially, and with due respect, most refinishing is enthusiastically approached by assuming a few over simplified procedural steps presented in a how-to will get high quality results. These steps are obtained usually through online articles, videos, or by home refinishing kits that 'guarantee' professional results. As well, many think that having a general knowledge of wood finishing is sufficient for top-shelf gunstock refinishing. Trouble is, it just ain’t that simple...

Unfortunately, basic how-to advice, although it appears to be comprehensive, lacks many of the subtle details of the finishing process that are so crucial to professionally appearing finishes. In short, it takes a lot of experience and acquired knowledge to get outstanding results. It's truly in the details.

Refinishing a gunstock, in principle, is somewhat like rebluing a barrel. Both processes, in order to achieve the desired superior result, demand particular knowledge and skill sets. I remember attempting a rebluing process using a home kit designed for the purpose. The end effect was certainly a rebluing, but the barrel wound up getting done correctly in the tank of my gunsmith!

The question to ask yourself: How much do you want a finely finished gunstock? Maybe more importantly, how fussy are you if the results aren’t as expected?
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FACTORY vs. CUSTOM GUNSTOCK FINISHES

Most gunstocks are walnut, an inherently beautiful wood, regardless of having fancy grain and patterning or not. What a shame to have natural beauty covered over by filmy, plasticized factory finishes! Once we get the old factory finish off and the wood properly prepared, a professionally applied finish, using the best finishing blends available, always brings to life the inherent beauty previously obscured by factory finishes. 

Here's why:

  • Factory finishing means: a surface layer of urethane, epoxy, or other topcoat applied on the wood surface.
    • Factory finishes are designed to be durable, but still scratch easily and are very difficult to repair. The gun owner must live with the flaws or attempt repairs that almost always look like a patch job because matching the surrounding finish is nearly impossible.
    • In factory production, time is money, necessitating a fast production finish, which all too often results in a generically glossy (cheap) sheen and relatively lifeless rendition of the wood’s inherent beauty. These finishes often look fake, with sort of a ‘plastic’ appearance.
  • Hand-rubbed oil-blend finish means: stripping away the factory finish entirely and applying a proven blend of oils, dryers and hardeners that penetrate deep into wood fibers, not just lying on the surface. I use the best blend money can buy.
  • The result:
    • Deep, lustrous, satin sheen. Not the factory high gloss that looks like plastic.
    • Waterproof.
    • In a word, beautiful. Reveals maximum grain and wood pattern.
    • Permanently clear, non-yellowing, and without a noticable cloudy surface film so common in factory finishes, especially as they age.
    • Durable. The wood is sealed against moisture and has a hard-wearing exterior, a finish totally field-worthy.


CUSTOMER REPAIR PROMISE on Gunstocks I Refinish

Unless the gunstock refinishing job I send you sits in your gun cabinet, “on view” only, it will get scratched or nicked, somehow, someway, practically guaranteed. If you attempt touch-ups at home, without the correct finishing ingredients and procedure, results are usually marginal at best, and often look worse than the original damage. 

I can get you around that dilemma. One of the major advantages of my blend of finishes is you can touch up minor scratches, at home, if you have the correct blend and a little guidance I'm glad to provide.

Customer Repair Promise: Should your gunstock, that has originally gone through my refinishing/restoration process become scratched, contact me. I'll help you through. More serious repair needs, of course, would be addressed on a per situation basis.