A lot of you have stocks with that awful pressed in checkering. There are a couple of things you can do about it.

I get a lot of requests for ideas on how to clean up that pressed in checkering. If it is just filled in with "gunk" you can try some of that finish remover on it. There's not a lot you can do with it. It's just the opposite of real checkering, the diamonds are sunken into the wood and the lines stand up. Usually it's so filled in with finish that it's useless!

I always suggest that you do a little sanding. Just take that pressed in stuff down, enough so that it's not so rough, THEN I can go over it with the real thing. If you leave the borders and a small amount of checkering, I can follow the old borders and fill them in with checkering.

The other thing to do is to take it completely off and start fresh! Wait until you are ready for a refinishing job and just do it all at the same time.

If you find that your stock won't take another sanding job, just follow the first remedy and sand it down a little. You'll be stuck with the same old borders, but I promise you that the end result, the REAL checkering, will be much better on the eyes and hands.