Gunstock Refinishing, Restoration & Repair
Refinishing of Wood on Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Knife Handles

Gunstock Refinishing — Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Knife Grips

The Gunstock Finisher's Privilege & Joy:
~ Bringing to life the beauty hidden inside each tree by our Creator ~

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Refinishing your previously finished  wooden gunstock, by factory or by someone else, to better than     original factory quality and appearance. --  "Got the stock today,100% better than it was when it was  new" (See Customer Comments)

Finishing unfinished woodstocks. Have a brand new stock with no finish? You can pick the finish and color of your liking. 

  • Eliminating factory "bowling ball" gloss or plasticized finishes on all stocks. At the factory, many manufacturers often spray super-shiny (or sometimes very dull) finishes over what's usually fine walnut underneath. Shiny or dull, in effect this makes gorgeous, natural wood look like plastic! I replace all that synthetic look with a hand-rubbed, not sprayed, natural satin / semi-gloss appearance that makes wood look finely finished with a natural patina.
  • Antique and older Military (American & foreign) / family heirlooms are some of the most satisfying of refinishing projects. Almost always, this is because of the associated personal / emotional connection to these objects and the history and often intimate connection they provide. 
  • Correcting mistakes made by others is a big chunk of what I do. (Check out "Do your own gunstock refinishing". See paragraph below for more about this.) Most all unattractive, prior refinishing errors  can be completely reversed. Send 'er on down--  I'll prove it. 
  • Renewing handgun grips does restorative wonders for all sorts of revolver or semi-auto pistol grip sets! S&W and Colt are the most usual restored, but anything "wood" can be dramatically renewed. Scratches, dings, etc. are removed, the checkering is hyper-cleaned (made more crisp and sharp in appearance), and the overall finish, frankly, exceeds the quality and beauty of whatever originally came from the factory. 
  • Recoil Pad Replacement (only on stocks being refinished). If I'm doing the wood refinishing and your butt plate or pad is on the wane, this is a good time to replace it. Broad choice of styles, colors, textures. 
  • LOP [Length-Of-Pull] adjustments (only on stocks being refinished) can be effected in some instances. Please consult in detail only.

Eliminate years of wear and tear-- scratches, peeling, dings, stains, etc.

  • 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 $$$$firearm, its inherent value has increased, whether you ever sell it or not. Your stock can have that look.
  • SENTIMENTAL REASONS, which often can be the most important reason to refinish. I refinish many family keepsakes. 


"A little knowledge is dangerous", the saying goes. It's true. Some well-meaning guys who know some about working with wood and understand YouTube technology decide to make YouTube commission, take what they know, and create a video in cyberspace for the world to see. Here are some gunstock titles you might find: "Gunstock sanding & finishing- the right way!" / "Refinish your stock" / "How to use stock finish" / "How to refinish a rifle stock", on and on.

The website you're now reading ranks high in a google search, but listed before it can be the how-to videos I describe above, which seem to come and go for a time, all offered as helpful tutorials on gunstock refinishing. Proceed with caution. The crux of the matter--  " a little information (to the unexperienced) is dangerous".

I’ve seen many home workshop stock refinishing attempts, usually because they've 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 would-be refinisher. In recent years I've redone dozens of gunstock refinishings that were started by do-it-yourselfers.

Initially, and certainly with due respect, most refinishing is enthusiastically approached by assuming a few over simplified procedural steps presented in a how-to video or text will get high quality results. These steps are obtained usually through online articles, videos, or by home refinishing kits that 'guarantee' professional results, and most do contain factual information. The problem is, the all so important details are usually missing. 

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?

gunstock refinishing

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 / semi-gloss 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.