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Re: Forager from my grandfather

Posted by Dick NieKamp on Thursday, 29 January 2009, at 9:01 a.m., in response to Re: Forager from my grandfather, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 29 January 2009, at 1:01 a.m.

Removing some of the old lacquer finishes can be very frustrating particularly when you're trying to leave cartouches, etc. I've restored a number of flintlocks and although it takes time, rubbing the stock with boiled linseed oil using either rottenstone or in absence of that, 0000 steel wool will get the job done while not robbing the wood of moisture and even giving some back to it. Anything used to dissolve the lacquer will dry out the wood drastically. As Mr. Hosner pointed out, on the metal WD-40 and 000 or 0000 steel wool will work. I've also substituted good ole' Hoppy's with the steel wool. The Hoppy's will also remove a lot of small scale and rust without disturbing any blue that may be still there. Hopes this helps a little. Good luck with the Forager.


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