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rcolarco 03-18-2010 05:32 AM

Removing polyurethane/varnish/shellac?
I just bought a nice Quality carbine with a Rockola barrel. The rifle came with a lot of goodies, works fine, and shoots fine.

However, some previous owner applied a really nice coat of polyurethane to the stock. Anyone know how to remove this stuff without damaging the stock or driving myself nuts?


hink441 03-18-2010 07:57 AM

I have used Minwax antique furniture re-finisher to remove urethane and varnishes. I have had good results. I got the re-finisher at my local Home Depot store.

Rick the Librarian 03-18-2010 08:01 AM

I use Jasco paint stripper on several stocks. It requires a little elbow grease but it is very gentle. It works on paint, varnish and even old masking tape.

Kirk in AL 03-18-2010 09:36 AM

I once used a product called "Stryp Eze" (I belive spelling is correct. That took off anything, including polyurethane.

rcolarco 03-18-2010 11:58 AM

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.

islandhopper 03-18-2010 04:06 PM

Try some denatured alcohol on it first to make sure it isn't just old school varnish. If it is, denatured alcohol is a bit easier to use and doesn't totally strip it. Just a thought. I used it on a couple of stocks that were shiny, as they were varnished. If polyurethane, then a stripper you'll need...and not the fun kind.

dave tengdin 03-18-2010 04:50 PM

Typical test order for solvents; and what they dissolve;
DNA; shellac
Lacquer thinner; Lacquer, shellac
strippers; everything but 2-part finishes

If those don't work you'll probably have to blast.

Flashooter 03-18-2010 05:41 PM

I had a romanian .22 trainer that had a varnish finish. I stripped it using citri-strip. One coat sprayed on and then wiped down with mineral spirits.

ulflyer 03-19-2010 07:15 AM

Flashooter: I've seen other refs to "citri-strip" but can't find it in Lowes. Where did you get yours?

docsg 04-09-2012 12:05 PM

varnish/shellac removal
Hi All, any advice on how to get what appears to be varnish or some kind of polyurethane off a stock without damaging cartouches, etc underneath?

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