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Lifting dents

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by bjk1972, Mar 29, 2011.

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  1. bjk1972

    bjk1972 Member

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    Has anyone had success lifting small safe/storage type dents from a stock? I have used a damp towel and an iron on oak and cherry furniture before, but wanted other input before I try it. I have a walnut stock with a poly finish. Dent the size of a match head or so.
     
  2. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    Heat will lift the dent slightly, but water in contact with the actual wood raises it much better. The finish would have to be broken from the dent.
     
  3. emm2

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    I use a wet rag and an iron for dents. I have never tried to raise a dent without removing the finish on the wood at least in that area.
     
  4. UncleWray

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    For small dents like yours, I usually try to fill them with a clear finish. Wipe the area off with denatured alcohol, Put a drop of polyurethane, tru-0il, permalyn, etc on the tip of a needle or pin. Support the stock so the stuff doesn't run out of the dent overnight.

    Let it dry and repeat till the dent/scratch is full. Use a double edged razor blade to scrape it flush and polish out with wax, steel wool, etc. to match the sheen of the stock.

    Takes a while, but they are invisible after you're done.
     
  5. bjk1972

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    Thanks for input guys. Dents all gone!
     
  6. MACH4RANDY

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    Which way did you do it?
     
  7. bjk1972

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    Lol. I lifted dent with a iron and a wet wash cloth. It wasn't quite level, so I put a little true-oil in it. Let it dry over night, then knocked it off level with a tiny piece of fine sand paper and then used car wax(clear paste type)to seal it. I only prepped surface with denatured alcohol I had at work. Brad
     
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