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Re: Cleaning 1884 without damaging or modifying finish

Posted by Ken on Tuesday, 6 June 2017, at 1:52 p.m., in response to Re: Cleaning 1884 without damaging or modifying finish, posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 6 June 2017, at 10:47 a.m.

There does exist a cat musk removal product on the market. I believe the primary ingredient is baking soda. I would try a baking soda paste, then remove that after it dried. Regarding the sticky metal parts, soaking them in WD40 then attacking with an old toothbrush should get whatever is sticky off. In extreme cases washing the sticky metal in kerosene may be more appropriate, then tooth brush and rub dry with a clean rag. There are numerous wood cleaning products on the market. Some more gentle than others, but maybe less effective too. I would start with lemon oil before going to more potent cleaners. A lot depends on what it is you are removing. I have seen wood stocks painted forest green by previous owners and lemon oil would have no effect. Just recently I cleaned an 1866 stock someone had coated with tar based pitch(for unknown reasons). Again, that was way beyond the capabilities of the suggested products.


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