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Cleaning checkering

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by yakimaman, Oct 5, 2011.

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  1. yakimaman

    yakimaman Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a used XT today and the checkering on the pistol grip needs to be cleaned - it's not damaged but shows accumulation of dirt and oil from hands. Need some advice on how to clean without doing any damage to the stock.

    Rich
     
  2. goatskin

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    *EYE* like a shot of Dawn dish soap in a shot-glass of water, and a toothbrush, dry good and oil, but MOST recoil in horror at wetting a stock.

    An old soft toothbrush and some kind of kid's cheap, non-abrasive toothpaste.

    Take your time and wipe often. When it's clean (it won't take long), wet the toothbrush and get all the remaining paste out. Let dry, and brush a 50:50 cut of some furniture oil or tung oil-based stock finish in the checkering.

    Bob
     
  3. Champion II

    Champion II Active Member

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    Per MIA green windex and toothbrush.....it works really well!!
     
  4. coveybuster

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    Clenzoil, a child's soft bristle toothbrush, and a toothpick.
     
  5. Mark425

    Mark425 TS Member

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    MIA's trick works. I like Murphy's oil soap as well. Both with soft toothbrush, rinse with water and blow/towel dry. Have used both and just depends on which one I have on handy.
     
  6. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    This TMX was full of oil and grime in the checkering. Took about 5 minutes with the Windex deal..
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    Spray on, let sit for 30 sec, scrub both checkering directions with a soft tooth brush, rinse with tap water, blot dry. Not clean enough? Repeat and it will be near perfect. But often I just do once as then the stock has a touch of "patina". the TMX above got two shots.

    My Windex preference is the "vinegar" type. The blue stuff has a wax (albeit thin). But ti works about as well.
     
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