Hi all. I acquired a Vietnam-era Chinese SKS. Manufactured at the famed Jianshe Arsenal #26. I managed to score this rifle for $220. Sadly, the rifle stock was in quite bad condition. I decided to restore it. I need some advice!
It had a couple cracks, and was in pretty bad shape:
First, I gave it a nice bath in some mineral spirits to remove the excess Cosmoline. After letting it dry, I coated it in Citristrip and let it sit for an hour, and rinsed it in hot water.
I repeated it one more time. It ended up looking really good, all of the finish was gone.
Then I took a heat gun to it, and did my best to work all of the excess oil out of the stock. (military rifles are heavily oiled, and are usually quite dark. This was no exception)
I then used Citrisstrip one more time.
From there, I used PC products "woody" epoxy. I did my best to get it in the crack, then let it sit in a vice for a couple days:
After that I sanded as best I could with some 180 and 220 grit.
This is how the stock is now:
I have a few questions for y'all:
1. After sanding, I noticed that there are some lighter and darker areas, as my sand job wasn't perfect. Will these be visible after staining? I plan on using Minwax penetrating stain (gunstock #231) and Minwax wipe-on-poly. If so, what should I do to make it more even? If it's not an issue, am I good to stain now?
#2. What is the best way to color match PC products epoxy? Apparently it is designed to accept stains and dyes. My idea was to hit it with a Q-tip dipped in my stain to darken it, before staining the entire rest of the stock. Has anyone worked with this stuff before?