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.

                                         ~  In either case, hand-rubbed finishing excellence  ~
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WHY REFINISH YOUR GUNSTOCKS

  • 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 $25k 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.

                                                     
                                             ? DO YOUR OWN REFINISHING ?

                    YouTube: "How to do anything" (written by Anybody's Opinion)

As you likely know, youTube 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 it are several how-to videos, 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”, and honestly speaking almost none would rank above mediocre (and several well below), pretty much by anyone’s standard, including that of the refinisher.

Initially, most refinishing is enthusiastically approached by assuming having learned a few over simplified procedural steps in the process will get high quality results. These steps are sometimes garnered through help of articles, videos, or similar means. As well, many think that having a general knowledge of wood finishing is sufficient for the getting a finish rivaling those found on top level firearms. 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?



FACTORY vs. CUSTOM GUNSTOCK FINISHING

Most stocks have beautiful wood underneath the factory finish. Gunstock refinishing done professionally by hand brings to life the inherent beauty of the grain and pattern often obscured by factory finishes.

  • 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 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 sheen and relatively lifeless rendition of the wood’s inherent beauty. These finishes often look glossy with sort of a ‘plastic’ appearance.
  • Hand-rubbed finish means: stripping away the factory finish entirely and applying a proven blend of oils and dryers that penetrate deep into wood fibers, not just lying on the surface. 
  • 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 know what finish to use and have a little guidance I'm glad to provide. I can also provide a small amount of the finish for you to use.

It’s also nearly impossible to attain ideal results with home finish repairs unless a progressive A-Z approach is followed.

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 would be addressed on a per situation basis.