View Full Version : Help me out with these HGs...

February 27, 2009, 16:48
This handguard set came on my CIA Sporter all those years ago. They were promptly replaced with pebblegrain plastic.

What's the best way to strip off the crappy black paint without disturbing the laminate beneath?


They'll be going on an Brit L1A1 kit along with these bits.


February 27, 2009, 17:43
Any solvent paint thinner etc will do the job.Those laminated handguards are pretty much bombproof

February 28, 2009, 00:02
I have a pair of laminate handguards from century too except the stuff on mine is thicker almost like bed liner looking stuff. Will thinner work on this too without messing up the handguards?

February 28, 2009, 09:43
Here they are freshly stripped of paint. Not quite as nice as I'd hoped.


Wasn't there a guy a few years ago who was offering re-laminating on Aussie HGs?

February 28, 2009, 10:54
That was AIFWIKER dba "Aif's outhouse":biggrin:
I believe he used up his supply of materials though.
You may be able to bring them up to snuff with a bit of careful refinishing, I've had wood that looked a lot worse than that & ended up looking really nice.
I have not tried this on laminated wood, but on solid wood I've had a lot of luck with "Old English Scratch & Stain Remover", from Lowes/Home Despot.
Maybe try a small patch to see how well it works?

February 28, 2009, 11:03
Thanks for the tip. If they don't turn up nice I'll go with a set of Ironwood HGs.

February 28, 2009, 11:51
I'm working on getting several flavors of veneer etc.After a test run on a few of my sets of hanguards I'll offer a service to the members of the board.

February 28, 2009, 12:20
This pic was taken for a different illustration, but it shows the light & dark "Old English" finish I was able to get from a couple of "fenceposts".
I also use the supermarket type green scotchbrite to get the surface smoothed without removing material. Keep using the same piece as it wears down and it'll give the same effect as progressively finer sandpaper, but without removing as much of the surface. Buff with little pressure, rather than sanding.
The nice thing with the Old English is that you build up the fininsh, you can go from totally matte to high gloss shine, or stop anywhere in between.


February 28, 2009, 17:43
Very nice!

I have a No.4 stock that could the Old English treatment.