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I was recently fortunate enought to obtain a 90 year old Baker shotgun with what looks like an original finish to the wood.

What should I use to clean and protect the flat and checkered parts of the wood while preserving the history and the value?

I was planning on using Butchers clear paste wax on the flat parts but I have no idea what to do with the checkering. Also, paste wax can get into the checkering (or into little holes in the flat parts) and turn white.

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Lou W.

 

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light application of Lemon Oil as a cleaner, a good paste wax such as JPW will do you fine, I would be careful not to over clean it, (the woood) in some circles you are washing away value.

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Not sure what butcher wax is, but I have a gun in the shop right now that the customer said he rubbed with butchers wax and now it's like a sticky gooey mess.

I've cleaned it a few times with naptha and 0000 steel wool. Seams quite clean now.

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Butchers Wax is a clear wax in turpentine that is of the type used on bowling alleys. It can be removed with turpentine.

Most internet posts indicate is is good as a top coat. I was wondering if it will ruin the historical finish.

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First, Baker shotguns are fine collectible trap guns. Cleaning and waxing can be done at the same time. Any good wood wax will do. Excess wax can be cleaned from the checkering with a hand towel and/or a soft brush. A liquid furniture wax is not too bad. I would remove the wood and put a heavy coat of paste wax on the unfinished wood that contacts the metal. Removing the butt bad and protecting the raw wood of the stock in front of the butt pad is not a bad idea. The most likely wood problem will result from oil on the metal flowing down into the wood.

Avoid an oil base product like Clenzoil and absolutely avoid a finish like True Oil.

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I'll second what Pat said. You can purchase Howard's "Restore a Finish", followed with Howard's "Feed and Wax" (polish after overnight sitting). I have restored many old stocks and antique furniture using this method. Use a soft toothbrush on the checkering to avoid buildup. These items can be purchased at Home Depot, adjacent to the stains. Beak
 

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Try Murphy's Oil Soap that will cleanse but not harm the finish of the wood being oil based it wont hurt the blueing/ browning of the metal either. COuple of appl;icaiotns then oil it with a furniture oil and gun oil on the metal
 
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