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can anyone tell me how to steam out dents in a stock?
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Good website - but I wet the wiood in the dent directly, too, since you want the heat and steam to swell the fibers there, pushing it back to shape.
 

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I'm with jjk308 as to wetting the wood directly. A lot of old clunkers have so much oil soaked into the wood it can be hard to get the water to penetrate. Also, an old steam iron works really well, especially if you have a lot of dings to raise.
 

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Fire up an old pressure cooker with the pressure regulator removed. Once at a full boil, a hefty column of steam will blast out from the regulator stem. You can not only steam out dents & scrapes, but it will aid in removing some surface cosmoline absorbed into the wood.
 

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I used a rice cooker. The lid has a hole in it about 3/16" across that spews a pretty healthy column of steam, not unlike the pressure cooker mentioned by AZShooter. since the pot is removable, it can be placed on a stove burner directly. It worked wonders on my K31 stock.
 

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After steaming, try applying a hot iron directly to the wood. I have used this technique successfully to eliminate dents and gouges. Typically you will see dents where someone tried to drive the barrel bands off a rifle without loosening the screw, resulting in gouges, I have smoothed these out by alternately steaming and ironing directly....
 

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Steam iron worked really well and son set about ironing out several stocks.
Wrath of wife was really nasty blast when she discovered the cosmoline residue left on the iron ....
 

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I'll have to read all the replies after posting my response, but I was doing just this today.

I boiled a pot of water, & while still boiling, repeatedly dipped a ladle into the water & just poured the scalding hot water onto the stock many, many times.. So far I think it's been working great, even though it also seems to have taken off, and/or melted the shellac finish.

Sure did remove a whole ton of scratches as well as bring out some grease, oil, etc. :)
 

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Fire up an old pressure cooker with the pressure regulator removed. Once at a full boil, a hefty column of steam will blast out from the regulator stem. You can not only steam out dents & scrapes, but it will aid in removing some surface cosmoline absorbed into the wood.
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I've always used an electric iron and a wet cotton ball, but this is a great idea I will definitely try... Thanks AZshooter...
 

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Lots of good info and ways of removing dents and dings in stocks.

I'll add that when I have a large - deep dent / ding I sometimes wet a piece of sponge and let it soak on top of that area for a few hours keeping the sponge damp and then apply a steam iron.
Works every time.
Just don't get the sponge dripping wet.
 

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This is how I have done it for years and it works great, take a wash cloth, wet a section of it, put it on the dent, put wife's iron on the wet spot and steam until the dent is removed. Im not married so I can get away with it. And if your not putting it directly on the wood it doesn't stain the iron. If dent isn't fully removed rewet the cloth and resteam it.
 

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Go to your local thrift store; aka: Goodwill, ARC, Salvation Army, etc. and pick up a used steam iron. Likewise, check the local garage sales, flea markets, etc. It will definitely keep your wife/girlfriend in a better mood.
 
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