I have some Bulgy AK 74 wood furniture that I stripped the lacquer from and refinished in order to give it the blonde look.
This is what is started out as:
This is the look I wanted:
I used Formby's Paint & Poly Remover, some brushes, sandpaper, a plastic scrapper, Oxyclean and Minwax "Natural" stain to do this project.
I first applied Formby's Paint & Poly Remover (a gelatinous substance) with a brush to the wood and let it set in for about 30+ minutes. I then used a plastic scrapper to remove the old stain that bubbled up to the surface (kind of weird/cool).
Once it dried, I sanded off the excess gunk (stain) with some light grit sandpaper. I cleaned off the wood and then I used a strong mix of OxyClean and water (in a small tub) to bleach the wood after stripping it.
Here is how the Oxyclean bleached it.
I let the wood dry for about a week and then I sanded it and applied the first coat of Minwax "Natural" stain. Well, it did not turn out to be blond, but it looks nice. I should have just used Shellac or maybe a Golden Pecan stain.
I got a ton of help from the nice guys at Gunco.net and ak47.net. Let me know if you need any help attempting this. I plan on doing more refinishing in the future and I'll be glad to share any tips with you. I'd love to hear your tips as well.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Well, after much debate, I broke down and bought a SAR 3 rifle. I used to own a WASR 3, and had to take it back to the store where I bought it. That rifle was a jam-o-matic joke. The quality and finish were poor and it no matter which mags (Weiger East German or the Romanian versions) the rifle experience FTF's and FTE's. I was really disappointed, as the concept of an AK 74 style rifle in 5.56 really appealed to me.
Here's what an out of the box WASR 3 looks like (rough wood and finish, non threaded barrel).
I did quite a lot of reseatch before I bought my SAR 3, and found a good deal on Gun Broker. The rifle came with black, polymer furniture. It was pretty nice, but as I already have a nice set on my SLR-160fr, I wanted to use some Bulgarian AK 74 wood furniture. I attempted to bleach the wood in order to give it a blond look, but that didn't work out. I do like the way it turned out though.
I had to mod a Bugarian 5.56 "Circle 10" mag to fit the rifle. The rifle came with a bakelite AK style mag that's labled 5.56. I haven't taken the rifle to the range yet, but I will do that this coming Independence Day weekend and post the video. I think I'm going to take out my recently deceased Hoover vacuum cleaner!
I know that it's been a while since I've last posted anything, but I was able to go to the range with my friend James the other weekend. It was his first time with a Glock 23, or .40 cal pistol for that matter. I was there to let off some steam after a brutal work week in corporate America. I thought that James would like it, so I asked him to come along. We both had a lot of fun.