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Refinishing stock thats been glued?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by skeet_man, Mar 29, 2013.

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  1. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up a Winchester 37 in .410 today.

    Its not in what I would consider collectors grade condition, so I don't believe that refinishing the stock and forend will negatively effect the value.

    The forend had a piece on the side which cracked and separated, and was repaired with wood glue (actually a pretty decent job of reattaching the piece). I'm concerned with what will happen with that repair joint when I strip the original finish, if the stripper will attack the glue joint as well. Any thoughts?

    There is also a crack/split in the stock tang that will need to be repaired as well, what is the best glue to use for this? I can peel the split open to dribble a little bit of glue in it, so its not in a hard to reach or hard to glue area. Even if I don't end up refinishing it, this will need to be addressed.
     
  2. 338reddog

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    Brownells acra glass. For thin cracks use acra glass not the gel. Ive had wood glued joints reopen when exposed to moisture. I hate gorrila glue for stock repairs. If the wood glued joint opens up after you strip it then acra glass it to.

    Jeff
     
  3. Tron

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    I wouldn't use a chemical stripper in this case. Sand off the old finish and pin the crack at the tang. Cyanoacrylate would be my choice of glue.
     
  4. 333t

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    I have used regular yellow carpenter's glue with good results. It is thin enough to work into small cracks just by rubbing it in with your finger, and dries a nice neutral color that doesn't show. Wrap the glued area with some strong rubber bands and let it dry over night. Clean up any oozing with a damp rag (water) before you put on the rubber bands. When dry it doesn't seem to be affected by paint stripper or thinner. Good stuff and easy to use.

    Phil
     
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