What Is Different About Our Refinishing Work?
Our answer is that we own, use and work on some of the worlds fines rifles and shotguns, and have for many years.
Among these are Rigby, Jefferies, Westly Richards, Sharps, Ballard, Winchester, Parker, Marlin, L.C. Smith.
We are experienced in handling, using, and working on the quality level produced by these and other companies.
In refinishing your stock, we try to leave as much of the original wood as possible. To this end, we have done a lot of research on types of sealers and methods to remove old oil, dirt, finish, etc. We usually try to remove all of the old finish and soaked in oil and dirt by a chemical means rather than just diving in and sanding it all off. We have developed our own methods using chemicals that do not harm the wood, and will remove almost anything from an old stock, including soaked in oil and dirt, stains, old iron black corrosion stains, and various finishes. Usually this brings the wood back to the original color before it was finished the first time. Then all we have to do is a minimum of sanding with a very fine grit, stain if needed and apply our special sealer. This usually takes two to four separate coats to get a good tough base. Most of these coatings are polished lightly, and when completed are sanded again lightly just to smooth the finish, but not to remove any wood. The special sealer we use is the best we could find after trying almost every other one available. It is specially compounded to be appropriate for oil based finishes, is very tough, and impervious to water, oil, and most other things it will come in contact with. As a measure of how tough it is, it takes quite a bit of hard sanding to get back down to the wood at this point. this is a very special product, and is not supplied by any gun supply company in this country. It does not turn yellow in high sunlight or ultraviolet light. IT is thin and totally clear, and gives an appearance to the finished stock of being able to look down into the grain of the wood, and it greatly enhances the figure and grain.This is due to the our method in which we saturate the wood extensively with the sealer in order to seal it deep down for years of protection.If the stock is to have a fully grain filled finish, we will fill the grain at this time, (a lot of extra work I might add), and then we will apply 4-12 coats of our fine oil finish, each coat being, heavily hand rubbed and fully dried. Somewhere in this process, some stocks may require one or two extra very light sanding or polishing phases between different coatings. Finally when finished, the stock is polished with a coat of very fine, fingerprint free wax, the same as the Smithsonian Museum uses.Yes, it is fairly expensive.
With this method described above, we do not often need to sand the wood to where it is noticeably below the metal parts, and we make a great effort to avoid this unpleasant result. Our refinishing will leave the flat surfaces FLAT, and the sharp edges SHARP, where they should be. We do not round down the edges where the wood meets the action or butt plate. Of course we do get some extremely beat up stocks where heavy sanding is the only thing that can be done, however we do try to limit this as much as possible. Deep gouges and dents we try to steam up, and if this is not possible, we often fill them with colored epoxy. Our finish is tough, but small nicks and scratches can easily be repaired.
When we receive a stock that has been refinished a time or two already, and the butt plate or grip cap is overhanging the wood, we will include filing or sanding down the butt plate to match the wood. An ill fitted butt plate or pad makes a gun look very ugly. We often refit butt pads or butt plates to improve the looks. Butt plate and pads should look like the grew there, not slapped on in a hurry.
If you have a stock that has been oversanded, we can often correct this. We use some unusual methods to do this, but they usually work. If a stock is sanded below the metal at the sides of the action, we can even split the front of the stock and wedge it apart a little and fill the gap to bring the wood back up to meet the metal, although this approach is quite limited to what we have to work with and can not always be used. If it is oversanded at the butt plate, we can sand the stock flat again and reduce the butt plate to fit nicely. The same can sometimes be done at the pistol grip.
We often get requests to duplicate the original factory finish on a stock. This brings up the problem of what finish are you talking about, as almost all makers provided a variety of finishes on different models or grades of guns, and also their finishes varied over the years. I have seen at least 5 different finishes on Winchester M-70 stocks. We do not produce any of the old cheap varnish finish. We use only the above methods, but we can vary this as needed when we repair a stock, to match almost any of the original finishes. We can provide a totally flat finish, a medium gloss finish, and a high gloss finish. Any of these can be either open grain as many of the older stocks have, or a fully grain filled finish. Please let us know what type of finish and color you would like. None of our finish work will look like plastic.
My son Doug is the master of finishing and does most of our refinishing, in addition to fine repair work. He has a real knack for it and is very proud of his work, as he should be.
In summary, our refinishing is quite different
We have done a lot of testing and experimentation on methods and materials, and we believe we can produce a noticeably better results for you, while retaining more of the original features of the stock. We do understand the difference in good quality work and the average finishing.
Try us. You will be pleased, as we do try harder.
Doug or Pat Fulton at 307-462-4593, 10am-7pm MST
215 South 1st Street
PO Box 1105
Glenrock, WY 82637-1105