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 Post subject: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:59 pm 
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Hi all,

I bought a used Beretta Onyx 20 gage from GunBroker.com. Love the gun, but hate the candy coating on the stock - one issues buying a gun online and not seeing it firsthand. Not sure what Beretta used for finish, some sort of resin I guess. I shouldn't worry about the finish since I bought the gun for hunting... but it bugs me. Has anyone suscessfully stripped a similar finish, and if so, how.

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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:53 pm 
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Anything that will strip a Browning epoxy finish should make relatively quick work on that Beretta. I have used Certistrip and a few others that are very aggressive.
Maybe ask Arts Gun shop what they use. If they will tell you, I would try that.

Some pros on this board should be able to help also. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:12 pm 
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Keep in mind that it's a roll of the dice if the stock set comes out as nice, nicer, or worse as far as grain and match. Most factory finishes have brown stain in them, so if you strip them off the stock and forend may no longer match in brightness/color.

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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:39 pm 
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Thanks for the replys Oyeme and Skeet Man. Going to have to sleep on it, though
I supose if I screw it up it will just give it more charactor as a hunting gun :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:05 pm 
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I think it is worth the effort. SkeetMan is correct in that the factory finish has stain so they do not have to try and match the forend and buttstock.
If you run into that you simply have to stain both to match and then refinish.

I have also seen some really beautiful grain in stocks once you get that ugly factory finish off. Really nice wood! That stuff acts like mud in many cases. Finally when you get the job finished you will have the extra pride of ownership that comes from having DIY.

I recommend doing some research and watching a couple of videos. It is not difficult but is time consuming to do properly. Go for it!


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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:05 am 
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First check the wood type/color under the butt plate/pad prior to stripping.

Beretta, among other gun makers, used plain wood covered by a coating that mimicked high-grade Walnut on some of their guns. :roll:

(don't ask me how I know)

You may be better off by spraying the stocks with an anti-glare coating.


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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:56 am 
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OP, if you don't want to do it yourself you should give Doug Carpenter who is a member on SW a call. He's a wood pro and will make it look great! Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing a stock that has candy coat of resin?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:57 pm 
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I have dulled the finish on a new and very shiny stock with 0000 steel wool

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Thanks Oyeme. I appreciate it.

I never know how a finish is going to come off until I try. I can say that I always start with the most gentle process first just for the sake of the wood.

Also I haven’t come across a Beretta whose grain looked worse or even different than what I could see before removing the finish. I have come across that quite a bit with Browning though.



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