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how to get glue off stock

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by musky, Mar 31, 2011.

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  1. musky

    musky TS Member

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    got glue on a brand new 1100 stock. Was wondering what i can use to get the glue off without hurting the clear coat. I was once told that you could use finger nail polish remover, but i dont know if it will effect the clear coat. Thanks for any help from larry.
     
  2. twotimer

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    Muskie, what kind of glue? If it is a wood glue like Elmers, they are water based and will come off with water. If it's super glue, that would be nail polish remover and I think it would probably mess up the stock. Someone on here might know more. Mike
     
  3. RobertT

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    I've used plain rubbing alcohol without damaging the original finish.

    Robert
     
  4. Pull & Mark

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    If the glue has dried, there is not much I can advise to do. Exept you might try pulling it off with your fingernails or a plastic putty knife. Don't let the plastic knife come in contact with the stock if you can. The stocks finish will more than likly be damaged to some degree under the glue but may come back somewhat with some polishing compound if it does not come up with the glue. If it will not pull up, you could tape off all 4 sides around glue and sand out the glue. Once sanding close to flush with stock you go up in sandpaper to like 400 wet dry paper and compond and polish the rest until spot is gone. I would not use anything stronger than Mineral spirts/paint thinner to remove anything on a stocks finish. You might also want to do nothing and see if comes off on its own over time. Wood will expand and contract over time, different seasons and so forth. If its 2 part expoxy well forget it, it permanent. Good Luck and Breake-m all. Jeff
     
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    Get GOO gone. Any hardware store.
     
  6. JerryP

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    If nothing else works I would try polishing compound. Most of the modern finishes are pretty tough. I have tried to remove Tru-oil with laquer thinner , acetone and a variety of others without success. And Tru-oil is not nearly as tough as some of the factory finishes like epoxy.
     
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    What kind of glue? Need to know to get you going the right way. Larry
     
  8. musky

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    the glue of choice is gorilla glue(i didn't mean to drip it on the stock)
     
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    Finger nail polish is Acetone. Try a little on the inside part of the forend and see if it affects the finsih. It should not, but make sure. If it does, you will have to use 1000 grit sandpaper and fold it over several times. Lightly sand the high spots util it is even with the original finish. After that rub it with a rag and some headlight lens cleaner, or very fine polishing compound. Put some automotive wax on and rub. Buff with a soft rag. Jon

    P.S. You might want to pray while you are doing this.
     
  10. Barry C. Roach

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    Heat and gently lift it a bit at a time.
     
  11. UncleWray

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    Gorilla glue is a polyurethane. Tough stuff and they added "tougheners" to make it more resilient. Last time I got in on my hands, lacquer thinner worked well.

    So anything short of liquid nitrogen won't do much on the cold side (IMHO)

    On the solvent side acetone will be just fine. Most modern stock finishes are pretty much solvent resistant (so that you have a heck of a time getting them off to refinish).

    So the idea of seeing if acetone will affect your finish (on the inside of the fore end) is a dandy idea.

    BTW--I usually start with something less aggressive (like denatured alcohol or 90% + rubbing alcohol before I take out the big guns.)

    If it won't come off with solvent, try scraping it off. Take a double sided razor blade, but some tape on one on the edges and gently scrape. Double sided blades are thin, flexible, and sharp and really do a nice job on small stock scrape projects. Polish out any minor scratches with auto wax.

    Stress, not, it will come off and nobody will be the wiser.
     
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    Some adhesives are removable with WD40 or lighter fluid. Never tried either one on Gorilla glue. Good luck

    Gene Batchelar
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