This isn't a gunsmith question per se but i dont know where else to post this. I bought a hardware store single shot 16 gauge a while back for 55 bucks. It is mechanically sound and fires as it should but it looks like dog crap. I bought it as a fun project gun, nothing more. It is a Stevens 94 clone. The key difference I can tell is much cheaper wood in the stock and forend. The finish was also cheap, thin and obviously not very durable. As a result it is scratched to hell. I dont think I can sand it deep enough to get scratches out without affecting fit and finish of gun. As a result im considering either a very dark finish or just black paint to cover the scratches. I'm also concerned that the cheap wood will not accept stain well. But i dont think ive ever heard of anyone using paint on a wooden gunstocks. Anyone here have any first hand experience with it or suggestions?