I just picked up my second Golden 39A (I posted pictures a few days ago in Rimfire). This one has 2-3 deep gouges in the wood. What is the best way of filling them up or covering them up? I'll be stripping the wood, ironing, sanding, and using Tru-Oil. Thanks.
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try steaming...strip down to bare wood, wet a wash cloth and lay it over gouge, heat with the wife's iron on high. May take a few trys. Small ones will disapear, but larger ones may still be visible, but alot smaller. Sand,stain,finish, then post pics.
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You're on the right track. None of those gouges are all that bad and you can completely remove them. Strip first and then sand both pieces entirely with 80 grit to open up the wood. Then steam up what you can with the wet cloth/iron. A lot will come up level to surface. You should be able to remove whatever is left of the gouges with fine cut files and/or sandpaper. The locations of your gouges will allow you to "profile" the entire area, there is plenty of wood for this. Just make sure to file/sand a large enough area to keep everything flat and not leave a dished out area. Sand through remaining grits (120, 180, 240, 320). Be sure to use appropriate backers for your paper (medium hard felt, rubber tubing, flat wood) and follow the lines of the stock.
I have a similar project and steam worked well but I still have a line where the dent used to be. Any info is appreciated. (note: stock has been wetted w/mineral spirits)
You have a water mark. When a stock gets dented through the finish the wood can accept moisture in that area and over the years will develop a deep, dark mark.
Two things to try:
1. Oxalic Acid - also known as Wood Bleach. Many hardware stores have it, mix it according to the instructions and be sure to neutralize it when done. Use caution it is a mild acid.
2. It may not be that deep and you may be able to profile it out by rasping/sanding the whole toeline.
Hope this helps!
There was just a real good article on this in Rifle magazine within the last month. Went into pretty good detail and gave clear instructions with photos. I'll see if I can verify magazine and month.
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