I want to strip & refinish the stock of a 870TC. The current finish is worn through at the grip and is peeling off at the butt plate.
What is the best way to remove the current finish and bring it back to close to what it was?
The Remington finish is tough to get off. I have used epoxy paint stripper with good sucess. I believe it is a Jasco product. Spread it on and let set until it bubbles up, then scrape it off with a craft stick or something that won't scratch the wood. If your workplace is cold it will take longer to bubble. You might have to do this a couple of times. Work stripper into the checkering and clean out with a stiff plastic brush. This stuff is not good for you so do it in a well ventilate area and wear some old gloves. If it gets on your skin you will feel it.
Then I sanded lightly and applied Tru-Oil. No stain is needed to duplicate the factory finish. Takes several coats of oil to fill the pores and make a nice finish. Apply oil to the checkering only on the last coat, worked in sparingly with an old toothbrush. Not difficult, but time consuming. Good luck.
I don't mask the checkering. I apply the finish with my fingers so I just don't go into the checkering until the last coat. If you accidently get a little in the checkering early on just remove what you can with an old toothbrush that is clean. If you put repeated coats into the checkering, it will sort of gum up the checkering and it won't look right.
Also, when you use your Tru-oil, just pour a few drops into and old spoon or bottle cap and use that for your current coating. Keep your plastic bottle closed and stored upside down and it will last a long time.