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    Finishing laminate stocks

    I recently purchased a Saiga with what I thought was wood furniture. I discovered it was laminate and that I could not strip, sand and stain it.

    Does anyone have any tips or ideas how I can refinish the stock and handguard in a manner other than spray painting it? Perhaps a graphics shop?

    #2
    Laminates are made with wood but they contain so much resin and acrylic it's considered an engineered material. More synthetic than natural. It will never warp or swell. I don't think it will accept stain or oil no matter what you do. Painting is probably your only option.

    They're usually pretty nice (and expensive). The idea is having the aesthetics of wood in a material that's almost indestructible. The best of both worlds. Usually much heavier than wood or synthetic.
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      #3
      Depends on how well the resin impregnated - you could TRY staining - may or may not work - if not you're left with paint or just a clear poly....or other creative options.... Bedliner spray for that high-grip, tacticool thing, duct tape to go for the ghetto look, lots of options!

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        #4
        Do you have any pics of the stock?
        Not sure why you'd have a problem refinishing most laminated wood stocks.. In most the resins used are usually barely visible between the layers and shouldn't hinder a refinishing attempt much.

        I ordered a custom laminated stock for my Savage 93 from a company in California that sends them out 80% complete. I had to to finish the inletting and do all of the final exterior sculpting, finish sanding, then apply the finish coats.
        I used several coats of a cherry stain, followed by 6 coats of gloss poly, sanding between coats.

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          #5
          I tried sanding, stripping and staining it with no luck. The green will not go away.

          Anyone wanna trade stocks? Or know where I can get unfinished or natural looking wood stocks for the saiga?
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            #6
            Did you try bleaching?
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              #7
              Originally posted by Summondemons View Post
              I tried sanding, stripping and staining it with no luck. The green will not go away.

              Anyone wanna trade stocks? Or know where I can get unfinished or natural looking wood stocks for the saiga?
              These look nice but pricey!
              http://www.saigastock.com/saiga-rifl...ct-p-6439.html


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                #8
                Originally posted by Diesel1 View Post
                Did you try bleaching?
                I've never tried bleaching and wouldn't know how to go about it.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Parashooter View Post
                  Depends on how well the resin impregnated - you could TRY staining - may or may not work - if not you're left with paint or just a clear poly....or other creative options.... Bedliner spray for that high-grip, tacticool thing, duct tape to go for the ghetto look, lots of options!
                  How could I finish the stock with bed liner?

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                    #10
                    Why not just sand it and Duracoat it? You can get Duracoat in a rattle can and it goes on very smooth and very thin. Tons of colors and sheens. About $40 and you're done.

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                      #11
                      I like the shape and profile of the furniture, just not the color. It looks comfortable. But WTF was somebody thinking?

                      I doubt you'll ever be able to refinish it in a more appealing, natural color. That green will always be there, to some degree.

                      Cover it with something. Anything.
                      Give a man fire, and he stays warm for one night. Set a man on fire, and he stays warm for the rest of his life.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by BLAMMO!! View Post
                        I like the shape and profile of the furniture, just not the color. It looks comfortable. But WTF was somebody thinking?

                        I doubt you'll ever be able to refinish it in a more appealing, natural color. That green will always be there, to some degree.

                        Cover it with something. Anything.
                        Hi!
                        I liked it. Zombie hunter green.

                        Its my build. I was the original owner.
                        Sorry to hear you are having trouble refinishing it SD.
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                          #13
                          Nothing wrong with the green, I kind of like it. Unless you want to go with it super-duper tacticool

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                            #14
                            I like the green

                            I would hit it with some rattle can bed liner to texture it then a top coat of duracaot

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Summondemons View Post
                              I tried sanding, stripping and staining it with no luck. The green will not go away.

                              Anyone wanna trade stocks? Or know where I can get unfinished or natural looking wood stocks for the saiga?
                              I love the look of natural wood on a Saiga.

                              I initially did not like the green laminate. However, it is starting to grow on me.

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