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Old 03-18-2010, 05:32 AM
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Default 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?

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Old 03-18-2010, 07:57 AM
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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.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:01 AM
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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.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:36 AM
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I once used a product called "Stryp Eze" (I belive spelling is correct. That took off anything, including polyurethane.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:58 AM
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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:06 PM
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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.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:50 PM
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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.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:41 PM
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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.
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:15 AM
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Flashooter: I've seen other refs to "citri-strip" but can't find it in Lowes. Where did you get yours?
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:05 PM
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Default 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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