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Oil finish stock clean up...

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Scootermac50, Jul 13, 2010.

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  1. Scootermac50

    Scootermac50 Active Member

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    What is the best way to clean up an oil finished stock??
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    Steel wool ... then more oil finish.
     
  3. kbud

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    I spoke with Beretta service in Maryland this year about this same subject. I have an oil finish stock on a dt-10. They told me to use lemon oil on it. I believe that is the only ingredient in Old English furniture polish FWIW.
     
  4. whiz-bang

    whiz-bang Active Member

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    I use "Howard Restore A Finish". Wipe it on rube it with (0000)steal wool. I use this stuff on all my guns and it really works. Does a good job cleaning checkering brushing with a tooth brush. On some finishes top with Howard Feed N wax. It would be hard to beet this product.
     
  5. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    Howard Restore a Finish contains a solvent. Old English has some stain. Lemon oil is just lemon oil.
     
  6. phirel

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    Lemon oil is made by squeezing a lot of lemon peelings. It is widely used in household cleaners and has the ability to kill bacteria. It is also used as a food flavoring. It does leave the wood clean and with a shine. It will not result in a protective wax layer on top of the wood.

    I would use lemon oil to glean a gun stocks and flavor cookies. I would use something like Old English to cover blemishes and light scratches and an automobile wax to add a protective layer on top of the wood.

    Pat Ireland
     
  7. HSLDS

    HSLDS Well-Known Member

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    Do you know where your gun (or stock) was made??

    Most true oil finishes are a mixture of linseed oil and typically Carnauba wax. The most common oil finish is seen on English (UK) guns and uses this formulation. I am not 100% sure what is the typical formulation used by other countries (or stock makers).

    The cleaning advice is correct - 0000 steel wool and some lubricant, but if you want to refinish as you clean I would suggest the linseed/Carnauba mixture. You let this dry and then hand rub the stock to bring up the finish and shine.

    I have some, so if you decide to go that route drop me an e-mail... drop the X's
     
  8. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I've had good results from using Murphy's Oil Soap (I think that's the correct name). It really cleans the finish without adding a stain.

    Ed
     
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