Yesterday I bought a Marlin 60 that was made in 1994. The blueing is in great condition, but the wood stock has some scratches and dings that don't look so nice. I want to refinish the stock and have read a couple of posts where people have used Citristrip to remove the old finish. I bought an aerosol can of Citristrip this afternoon. Upon reading the label on the can, I see that you have to leave the Citristrip on the finish for from 30 min. to 24 hours. For those of you who have used the Citristrip to remove the old finish from your stock, how long did you have to leave it on the finish before it loosened up? Did you have scrape the finish off, how difficult was it to remove the old finish once the Citristrip did its job?
Never have used any sort of stripper on a gun stock - just sand paper & steel wool.
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I left mine on for 6 hours, if I remember correctly. DO NOT spray it on plastic. When you start scraping you will tell when the finish is off. Its like scraping ice off a windshield. When it fills smooth, scrub it in mineral spirits and then scrub in water and let dry. That citristrip will eat thru latex gloves too.
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Depends on the finish thats on your gun. I used the stuff that comes in the plastic jug (much thicker) and Left it on for a couple hours then scraped it off with a plastic scraper. Repeated this a couple times until all the finish was completely off and then rinsed with water and let dry completely. Used 0000 steel wool to smooth out and then refinished with 6-8 coats of tung oil with a light steel wool "sanding" in between each coat.
I've used Citri Strip several times. I tend to leave it on for 1.5-2hrs. This has nearly always gotten the bulk of the finish off. A couple times I've re-soaked it and let it sit another 30mins or so but more often than not I just go with that initial soak.
If you leave it on too long it can soften the wood. It can also dry out.
Might be something in this thread that helps: http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/i...c,78535.0.html
On the last 7 or 8 stocks I did, I scraped the Citistrip and finish off with a utility blade tipped forward so as not to dig into the wood. After removing as much as possible, I hang the stock on a wire and spray it down with Krud Kutter, flush it with KK until all finish and stains are drawn from the wood. Before appling any new finish, I completely steam it with a water saturated towel and steam iron. This helps remove any stuborn finish remaining and also gets rid dings and dents.
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