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Old 08-13-2011, 06:38 PM
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Default What is YOUR favorite "recipe" for getting that Russian Red stock color ?

Does anyone have a proven ,favorite method for refininshing AK stock wood & getting the Russian Red hue to the wood when you're done ? That is a good looking finish.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:57 PM
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Minwax Sedona Red stain mixed 75:25 with Minwax Clear gloss (or satin)
apply multiple coats, allowing to dry between each coat, until proper hue is acheived. The addition of the clear gives additional solids to 'build' and add a rich dimensional look to the finished stain.
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:47 PM
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RIT dye. scarlet or wine. you can use the powder or the actual liquid dye. (i use liquid)

-prep wood
-apply multiple coats of rit dye with a old t-shirt. you will see it getting darker and darker but allow it to dry in between coats.

once you get it to the desired color you want i use a tung oil to finish it. apply one coat at a time. it takes a while to dry usually about a whole day. 3-4 coats is good.
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:55 PM
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:23 PM
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:20 PM
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thanks !
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:04 AM
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One of the things I wish the Russian had made a recipe for is that finish.
Who knows what they really used its hard to get an exact match.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:27 AM
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Nice AKs really. Thanks guys ,
I heard one where you strip the stock, w/acetone {nasty stuff} wash it, dry it , mix Scarlet & yellow RIT & put it on in multiple coats,dry in between & use polyurethane when staining's done
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heres what i do.

first i use mineral spirits to wipe down the wood. after that i use a 120 medium grit sand paper to take off the finish. after that i then use a 220 fine grit. i then rub it down with some 00000 steel wool. i rinse the wood under water and then put a blow dryer to them to dry them up a bit quicker. i spray bleach on the wood after they dry to turn the wood a nice white color so the stain takes well. do this a few times till im satisfied. once dried i rub 1 coat of RIT wine on it and allow to dry for about 30min. apply another coat same process. i usually do about 3 coats of RIT. i use steel wool in between coats with a tack cloth and brush. after that if i want a natural wood finish i use the tung oil or if i want the old school look i use AMBER SHELLAC! stuff is awsome. i refinished the wood on my maadi with it i will post some pics up soon.
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:08 PM
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This is the only pic I have available of my AK...contrast the color against the light color of the Mosin. I got this via the Minwax recipe in my previous post.
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