How to care for Wood Grips


July 5, 2006, 10:43 AM
I was recently told that I didn't need to do anything special to care for wood grips and that none of the gun cleaning or lubrication products would harm them. However, I read on the Hogue site to take them off when cleaning. What do you do with your wood gripped guns?

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Car Knocker
July 5, 2006, 12:22 PM
I remove the grips. Solvents, cleaners and lubricants will get between the grips and the frame and, depending on the finish, may be absorbed by the wood, resulting in staining and/or softening of the wood. I also remove non-wood stocks because I really don't like grunge accumulating under them.

I should note, though, that my cleaning procedure usually involves removing the stocks and dropping the disassembled handgun into a can of Ed's Red for a couple of hours. Rarely do I just "spot-clean" a firearm at home.

July 5, 2006, 03:56 PM
Always remove the grips when cleaning! Solvents will strip the finish off-of the wood and will in turn make the wood very dry & brittle. End result will be dull wood leading to cracked wood.

Try this, put a little bit of whatever cleaner & you use on the inside of a wood grip and see if any finish (color) comes off.

Pistol Toter
July 5, 2006, 04:40 PM
Remove the grips when cleaning as others have advised and if storing the gun for a long time drop them in a zipper lock bag for protection against absorbing the preserving oil left on the gun. I will occasionally rub a little Johnson floor wax on the uncheckerd areas allow to haze and buff. P.T.

July 5, 2006, 11:16 PM
Have to agree with the posts above - remove the grips as your cleaning agents could be very harmful to the wood finish and therefore to the wood itself.

Paul "Fitz" Jones
July 6, 2006, 12:02 AM
As the Fitz Pistol Grip Co 1919-1979 when my factory burnt I have had a lot of feedback from my worldwide customers and currently from those buying grips from my collections.

I have advised on my Walnut and my Exclusive Cherry grips that any good clear furniture polish will work but I have had a lot of feedback from customers liking Old English Lemon polish and in southern states where sweaty hands are possible Tung Oil thinned 50/50 with alcohol.

On my Ironwood grips that have a lacquer finish several fellows have removed it and used linseed and other oils.

July 6, 2006, 12:19 AM
I have had a set of Spegel wood stocks on a Security Six that I carried daily for fifteen years and often in retirement. The finish I used was Tru-Oil, which stands wear well. Every couple of years I pull the stocks off, take the old finish down somewhat with steel wool, and put on about three coats. They still look good.

Years ago I made up a little cleaning rack for DA revolvers that holds the gun upright with cylinder open and barrel level. My usual solvent is Ed's Red. When done I just wipe the gun down with a slightly oily patch and stay off the wood with it.

My SAs and semiautos don't have a neat little rack but as long as I don't slop solvent all over the place it seems to be a nonissue.

July 6, 2006, 12:25 AM
I've used Orange Glow and Murphy's oil soap and been very happy with the results. YMMV

Ala Dan
July 6, 2006, 07:28 AM
I've been pondering this question since I first read the post, and haven't
yet come up with a good answer~!:eek: But, I just remembered that
when I acquire an older S&W with the walnut grips and company
medallions that are in good shape, I always removed them and
wrap them is tissue paper for storage in my safe. I then replace the
grips with a set of rubber grips; either Pachmayr or Hogues. This was
the case with my S&W [old model] 60 in .38 Special. It now wears a
set of Pachmayr "Compact Professionals"~!:cool: :D

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