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Cleaning an engraved receiver??

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Barrelbulge(Fl), Nov 26, 2011.

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  1. Barrelbulge(Fl)

    Barrelbulge(Fl) Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    I have an Ithaca Century and the engraving is real dirty. Does anyone know a specific product I can use to clean it uo and possibly polish it. Thanks, Bulge.
     
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    Mike, I Have Used "Flitz" With Good Results!!! Joe W.
     
  3. gun fitter

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    clean with mineral spirits and oil don't use polish the old Ithacas were case hardened and should never be polished.
     
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    CASE Hardened ? My Century Is Bright Polished!!!!!!!Joe W.
     
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    Toothbrush and Bon Ami.

    HM
     
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    Barrelbulge, I had a Crown Grade K-80 with coin finish and Krieghoff recommended using Birchwood Casey lead and powder cleaning cloth. It worked very good. I have also used Never Dull wading compound cleaner. You can get the Never Dull @ Walmart, about $6.00.

    David McMillen
     
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    I use BreakFree with tooth brush on engravings. Best part of this is, no need to oil it afterward.
     
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    Thanks for the post and info as I have an Ithaca Century II that needs cleaning and brightening. I really like my trapgun it is 34", full choke, no ports. It is the only shotgun that I have that fits me. People always stop to look at it on the stand. One old timer spotted it a mile away at the NY State Shoot and said it was a nice one. I am old, tired and not in the mood to clean and brighten up this shotgun. It sure could use it though!! Best of luck to all.

    Harry Lyga
     
  9. grunt

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    Toothpaste is a good cleaner and doesnt scratch the metal. Work it with a soft brush..
     
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    What about the gold? Still the same advice? Dave T.
     
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    Use lite oil on a old toothbrush,wipe off,then fill it with lacquer stik to highlight.
     
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    Grunt,

    I have done the same as you and used a very soft bristle toothbrush soaked in hot water (this further softens up the bristles). Works like a champ and is safe for the gold inlays.

    ss
     
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    You could take it a step farther, once cleaned using acetone, then apply the laquer that Tony Galazan sells. It did a terrific job on my 50's vintage Sauer,

    best mike

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    Its good on my gold inlays also.. LOL
     
  15. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Forget everything above. I was in the garage looking for a screwdriver to remove the stock bolt and came upon a can of "Permatex gasket remover". I wasn't sure if I should try it or not, but I did. I sprayed a small part of the receiver let it sit for a minute then brushed with a soft brass brush. It came out looking like new. The permatex just melted years of grime away. In less than 30 minutes the receiver was done and looking new. Bulge.
     
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