Gunstock Refinishing — Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Knife Grips
The Stock Finisher's Privilege & Joy:
~ Bringing to life the beauty hidden inside each tree by our Creator ~
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MISSION STATEMENT of FINE GUNSTOCK REFINISHING & RESTORATION
Providing the Finest in:
And then there are sentimental reasons, which often can be the most important. I refinish many family keepsakes.
? 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 12, maybe more 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 your results aren’t as expected?
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.
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.