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    Favorite methods of refinishing wood grips or stocks.

    Ok.

    Got the model 28 back from the gunsmith. Looking good, except one thing. The grips. I *don't* think S&W applies varnish to gun grips, but perhaps the original owner Anyway, this stuff was yellowing somewhat (exposure to gun oil, age?) and cracking. The revolver is 38 years old. I took Formby's mild stripping agent and worked the grips over with fine steel wool and a toothbrush. Got all the old stuff off without sanding. The checkering on the grips is intact.

    I like a high sheen. I have used tru oil with good results on an old shotgun in the past, but really like to just polish the grips with a rag and wax, and multiple coats. I am thinking about using a buffing wheel and buffing the wood in the direction of the grain with some wax applied.

    How does S&W generally finish their gun grips off? My new model 29 appears to just have a highly polished oil finish, and no varnish or other coating.

    Any favorite methods, materials or oils that you use to get the job done right? Especially traditional ones.


    And, the medallions on the grips are not in the finest shape. I think the one on the left might have been ground down slightly to make it easier to use a speedloader. Are these easy to replace without damaging the grips?

    Thanks for your feedback, it is appreciated.

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    Dart look up Hammer down a member here.He refinishes grips for other people and on his own gunss and just done a pair for his registered magnum.He is a perfectionist and extremely knowlegable about smith and wessons and all the different grips from all eras grips.

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    Another reccomendation for Hammerdown. He did a wonderful job fixing up and refinishing the grips for my 1955 .45 Revolver that had spent a year+ in Viet Nam with the brown water Navy
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