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Old January 21, 2018, 17:02   #1
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Refinishing An A1 Buttstock

Any recomendations on cleaning/refinishing an A1 buttstock? Not using this on a retro build, going on a service rifle. Thanks
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Old January 21, 2018, 18:25   #2
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Rattle can spray paint, one that's good for plastics will work fine.
Work stock down to 600 grit and repair any cracks, then get out the can and go for it.
Do your pistol grip and hand guards at same time.
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Old January 21, 2018, 19:35   #3
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Original or aftermarket?
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Old January 21, 2018, 19:36   #4
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Rattle can spray paint, one that's good for plastics will work fine.
Work stock down to 600 grit and repair any cracks, then get out the can and go for it.
Do your pistol grip and hand guards at same time.
For the cracks would epoxy or JB Weld work? Providing they are suitable for plastic of course.
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Old January 21, 2018, 22:18   #5
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I go to automotive paint and body supply and buy appropriate material for fixing broken plastic automotive body panels. Can buy small amounts but correct formula of JB Weld may work, never tried it. As stated before, make sure to buy the rattle cans of paint that specifically say for plastic and in satin or flat. A shiny gloss finish loos odd and shows imperfections more easily.
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I used Wipenew on a set of handguards and it came out great. It bonds to the plastic so you have to get it right the first time.
A second coating will just run off like water on glass.

$17 bucks at Target.
https://www.target.com/p/as-seen-on-...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old January 22, 2018, 05:22   #8
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Original or aftermarket?
Iím guessing original, picked it up from Numrich.
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Iím guessing original, picked it up from Numrich.
Should be the real deal, got one of those too, rack number and all in excellent condition with no scratches or dents, kinda surprised.

Didn't feel mine needed a refinish, still wearing the rack number.
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Old January 22, 2018, 20:08   #10
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I donít mind the finish but........ itís for my daughters service rifle. Iíll ask her what she wants.
Thanks for all the tips.
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Old January 22, 2018, 21:37   #11
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I don’t mind the finish but........ it’s for my daughters service rifle. I’ll ask her what she wants.
Thanks for all the tips.
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You're a very smart man, ALWAYS ask tha wimmen what they want, can't go wrong there, trust me, been working well for 47 years and still going strong.

On the GI plastic, I used 2 part epoxy, just wipe off excess, as in, if it ain't squeezed out of the actual crack, get it off, even the little bead that rises when parts are pressed together.

Sanding that plastic with excess epoxy on it is tedious not to muck up the plastic on the sides of the cracks, so limit as much as possible what needs to be smooth down even.

I had one to fix for a fellow, where it took a round thru it, loooooong story.
He wanted it fixed vs replacement, an old A1 he'd had forever, and someone else was paying the bill for him.
The foam inside that one was all screwed up around three inches worth. The holes into and out were small.
I got all the loose foam out of the area, then took a can of that spray expanding foam, and filled it back up.
Cut off the excess, filled the holes and fixed the cracks, sanded it and painted it, looked new.

Just get created, they can be fixed from just about anything hitting them.
WE'd fixed them with duck tape back in the day, they broke on us a lot from extreme use and abuse.
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Old January 23, 2018, 16:10   #12
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Fill in cracks/damage with epoxy/jb weld etc. Sand smooth.

Paint with flat Krylon Fusion Spray Paint (or similar product made for plastic) in color of your choice.
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