Turning a Black Synthetic stock into wood

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  • Txhillbilly

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    A guy on Accurate Shooter's painted a stock using Alcohol Ink's, and it looks great. So, I ordered some off Amazon along with some paint & makeup brushes to give it a try.
    I have several takeoff stocks lying around, so I can practice on them before I do this on one of my high $$$ stocks. I prepped and cleaned one of them, then painted it with a flat white base coat.
    Alcohol inks dry really fast, and are really thin, so you have to work pretty quick with them. It takes some practice to get the colors to look good, but once you figure out a system to work them, it's pretty easy. After your done, let it all dry, and then spray a few coats of clear paint over it. I used matte clear.
    Here's my first practice stock-
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    Glenn B

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    Very nice piece of work there but makes me wonder, why not get a real wood stock?

    I must say though,, it reminds me of the front doors of our great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's three 6 family apartment houses way back. He used to paint the front doors like that but not with alcohol based paints, maybe oil or water based - not sure which but oil based paints were popular then. After painting them, they added a coat of varnish or shellac (which is a product containing alcohol). Came out looking like oak. The doors were old and weathered and I imagine were too much work to try to strip and refinish so they painted over them. It was the thing that almost all the landlords did to the front doors on their apartment buildings. Some though painted them rather ugly looking solid colors. The faux oak ones though were impressive and beautiful. As I recall, there was a tool that they used to etch the paint into different designs once it was applied atop the dried base color. Always came out nice and my great-grandfather was very good at it.

    Looks like you are giving your kids and grand-kids, among whatever else you do for them, a talent by which to remember you.
     

    Txhillbilly

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    Very nice piece of work there but makes me wonder, why not get a real wood stock?

    I must say though,, it reminds me of the front doors of our great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's three 6 family apartment houses way back. He used to paint the front doors like that but not with alcohol based paints, maybe oil or water based - not sure which but oil based paints were popular then. After painting them, they added a coat of varnish or shellac (which is a product containing alcohol). Came out looking like oak. The doors were old and weathered and I imagine were too much work to try to strip and refinish so they painted over them. It was the thing that almost all the landlords did to the front doors on their apartment buildings. Some though painted them rather ugly looking solid colors. The faux oak ones though were impressive and beautiful. As I recall, there was a tool that they used to etch the paint into different designs once it was applied atop the dried base color. Always came out nice and my great-grandfather was very good at it.

    Looks like you are giving your kids and grand-kids, among whatever else you do for them, a talent by which to remember you.

    Glenn B, To answer your question, It's because I use Chassis style stocks on my precision rifles and they aren't made in wood. Plus, I enjoy being different!
    If KRG would sell me a LH Bravo chassis in another color than Black, I wouldn't be doing this, but they don't, and I don't want another Black stock on the new custom rifle that I'm building.
    I've painted Car's and Motorcycle's along with Firearm's for a long time, but I'd never seen anything done with these Alcohol Ink's and thought it was neat.
     

    zackmars

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    Nice!
    All the benefits of a synthetic stock (lightweight, weather resistant, durable, etc.) with the look of real wood! You would think the manufacturers would have come up with something like that by now. Who knows, maybe they have and I just had my head up my arse.

    Wood on guns these days is an emotional choice. The people who want wood, want wood.

    Very nice work OP, hard to believe that is your first
     

    Glenn B

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    Glenn B, To answer your question, It's because I use Chassis style stocks on my precision rifles and they aren't made in wood. Plus, I enjoy being different!
    If KRG would sell me a LH Bravo chassis in another color than Black, I wouldn't be doing this, but they don't, and I don't want another Black stock on the new custom rifle that I'm building.
    I've painted Car's and Motorcycle's along with Firearm's for a long time, but I'd never seen anything done with these Alcohol Ink's and thought it was neat.
    Well, that makes sense and as I said nice work!
     

    Axxe55

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    Sweeet! I'm really liking that. Gives another option to just doing a camo paint job on synthetic stock. And that for your first one turned out pretty damned impressive.
     
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