Refinish SKS Gun Stock

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Project by Jim posted 11-14-2014 06:00 PM 16215 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I refinished the stock on my SKS rifle. I applied furniture stripper and scraped the finish off. I sprayed it with Krud Kutter and used a soft brush to get the remaining finish/stripper off. I then put the stock in the bath tub with very hot water and used a soft brush to remove all residue. While the stock was still wet, I used a clothes iron and a damp rag to iron the stock. This removed most nicks, dings, and scratched.

Sanded with 150, 220, and 400 grit sandpaper. I then applied several coats of Gun Stock Sealer & filler. Next, I applied 5 coats of Tru-Oil with a light rubbing with steel wool between coats. Finally, I applied several coats of Gun Stock Wax.

Seems like a lot of work for an old, inexpensive rifle, but I could not stand to see the old deteriorated finish. I do not have any before pictures, but the finish was the original amber-looking finish that was in bad shape. I went with just oil and no stain because I like the look of the natural wood.

Thanks for looking, Jim


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#1 posted 11-14-2014 07:30 PM

wow, i dont think i’ve ever seen an SKS look so nice.

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 01:41 AM

Nice boomstick. You refinish the metal too?

-- I have some idea what I'm doing.

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 12:01 PM

In soviet russia, gun refinish you!

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 01:14 PM

@Alan, No, the blueing is in pretty good shape.


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#5 posted 11-15-2014 04:46 PM

I have a russian SKS. The finish on mine is going downhill too. Could you tell a wood species on the stock?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 11-15-2014 08:10 PM

Very nice re-furb.

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 03:55 AM

Russian SKS’s stocks are made of Arctic Birch (Russian Birch).
The Chinese SKS’s are Catalpa wood (Chu wood).


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#8 posted 08-18-2019 04:26 AM

Hello and God bless you Jim,
before anything, I’d like to say, Thank you for your service. I am writing to you in regards to this SKS rifle stock. I have the very same, and I am currently trying to refinish it. My project started because of cosmoline removal. I would like to ask you a few things. But before I go deep into details, I would like to know if you will acknowledge or reply to this thread and on my inquiry. Thank you, John

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