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A friend of mine asked me to clean 2 old Colt revolvers for him. They both have walnut grips with the colt medallion embedded in them. The grips are very dirty and show signs of wear, but do not appear to be cracked or chipped. So, my question is, what's the best way to clean the wood and get the dirt out of the checkered grooves and the Colt medallion? Without doing any harm? Should I put a coat of finish on them?
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Gene Batchelar
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I have cleaned grips and checkering with the furniture refinishing products such as Formby's and a tooth brush. A very light coat of Tru-Oil well rubbed or applied sparingly with a tooth brush if the grips are checkered leaves them with a nice patina if that is what you are looking for. If they are collector items they may be better not cleaned.
 

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An artgum eraser is a non invasive way of pulling dirt and oils out of the wood. Probably want avoid refinishing until you know the collector value of the guns.
 

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Thanks guys. What a great place to acquire the knowledge of others.
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Just by plain good luck I spotted a bottle of WOOD FOR GOOD at my local supermarket. It is a product that is seemingly waterbased and even smells good. The label and instructions are printed in English and in French. Maybe an import. methodhome.com is the company. I used this stuff on a Ljutic that had what looked like a lifetime of "schmutz" in the checkered areas. Got all clean and the result was, after a ten minute time frame of applying, loosening dirt with a toothbrush, (used brush!) and mopping with a cotton cloth, that the nice grain showed again in the checkering area. Yuck...years of dead skin cells, dirt, and body oils all in a muck removed from the checkering. After this onerous task, a gross task, I put Krieghoff oil on the wood and rubbed her down..coulda used pledge, I suppose.

I got lucky finding this product.
 
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