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Re: Paint removal

Posted by Fred on Tuesday, 18 May 2010, at 12:09 p.m., in response to Re: Paint removal, posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Tuesday, 18 May 2010, at 1:55 a.m.

IMA seels a little bottle of furniture refinisher and a couple of pads of 0000 steel wool for 25 bucks. They're making a killing on it. You need to go to the hardware store and buy a package of 0000 steel wool, a small can of furniture refinisher made my gillespies, parkers or Ace, which is just acetone and some additives to assist in the cleaning. Formby's is VERY expensive and is the very same thing. The solution is applied to a pad of 0000 steel wool (the finest and allows the wool to retain the solution) and gently rub WITH the grain of the wood. as the solution dissolves the paint and old oils and gunk, it will draw it up from the wood and it will come off into the wool. As the wool gets really dirty, use a clean peice to complete the job. Next, after all the paint and dirt is removed from the wood, simply buff the wood down with a cotton cloth and afterwards, apply a bit of linseed oil to the stock and rub it in continuously by hand while the stock heats up under your fingers and hand. THis means that the oil is going into the wood and will be retained. It's good for the stock and was originaly used by Springfield Armory to treat their gun stocks because it fills the wood fibers and when dry, will strengthen them against moisture, and being knocked around. Don't forget to wipe off all excess oil from the stock as when dry, it will be rubbery if allaowed to dry in thick amounts. Whe nworking around inspectors stamps in the wood, avoid using the steel wool with any heavy pressure so that the stampings aren't worked down by the wool. Be gentle there and wipe those areas carefully. Of course, take the barreled action out of the stock first. Avoid undue preassure on any of the exposed edges of the lock mortise or anywhere. They must be kept sharp if they aren't allready worn down by sanding or use. The wool and the "Furniture Refinisher" from a hardware store is cheap and won't empty your pocket like buying it from IMA will. I've been propperly cleaning and restoring antique firearms this way with success for 40 years. BTW, women's nail polish remover is also just acetone and women spend a fortune for those little bottles of it when they can get a big can of it for the same price.


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