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What kind of stock finish does Browning use on the Japanese (shiney) auto 22 cal.

MikeFinkMikeFink Member Posts: 43

I want to refinish a Browning .22 automatic. It has the super shine finsh on the wood and would just like to know what it is before I start. I am no stranger to refinishing but never tried to do a Japanese Browning .22. Thanks for any help, Mike

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    GrasshopperGrasshopper Member Posts: 16,798 ✭✭✭✭

    Texacryl—Be very difficult to replicate that finish, a job I would not want. Good luck

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    MikeFinkMikeFink Member Posts: 43

    Thanks for that. Now I need to dive in to a bit of research on composition. It really isn't that hard to get it as shiney as the Japanese made it but removing it will be difficult with the garbage that is available now. In case anyone needs to know why I don't care for that shine, it is because it drowns out the grain visual in the wood. The grain in the rifle I want to do is great and worth the effort. You shouldn't need sunglasses to like a riflestock.😁

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    jkbt1jkbt1 Member Posts: 223 ✭✭✭
    edited June 11

    I did a BAR-22 a few years back. Factory finish is tough! Ended up using a marine/aircraft grade gel stripper. Wrap it in saran wrap so it can soak and not dry out. A soft bristle brush will help work it in especially around the checkering.

    I also believe the factory used a tinted spray wether it was poly or acrylic or whatever. You could see the color when stripping it. Never could get a good match I was happy with when trying to re-stain it. The factory method hid a lot of the grain and made for a more even color you can’t really get with conventional stains. Checkering is a pain to keep looking decent too when its filled up with finish. I ended up giving it 20 coats of oil finish and looks great plus probably less headaches than trying to match the factory finish.

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