Discoloration of cocobolo grips on 1911?


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Frog48
September 7, 2008, 03:50 PM
I put checkered cocobolo grips on my Springfield 1911 GI. I noticed this morning that there is a spot of discoloration on one of the grip panels. The color on the checkering itself looks fine, but in the tiny gaps between checkering it looks like a grayish-white color. Its not the whole grip panel, just an area about the size of a penny.

I'm thinking that it might be a result of exposure to sweat, from carrying in Texas heat.

Is something like Murphy's oil soap (or similar wood conditioner) ok to use? Would it even help?

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BlindJustice
September 7, 2008, 04:34 PM
I don't know about trying to get this out - try the Murphy's

However, Coco Bolo wood is highly toxic - it should have been
finished with a hard carnuba wax - this is what Guy Hogue uses
Also, the grips should always be removed prior to cleaning - spillling
a solvent like Hoppes #9 would eventually disolve the wax
and then it would penetrate, for stains to appear.

R-

Evenflo76
September 7, 2008, 08:01 PM
Try Ronsonol lighter fluid. and let it dry between washings. Don't use CITRUS!!!!!!!!!!

Look for my thread in accessories from about two weeks ago.

Frog48
September 7, 2008, 08:44 PM
Thanks for the ideas, yall.

While watching tv, I saw a toothbrush commercial... gave me an idea, so I took an old dry toothbrush and brushed it over the grips. Got rid of most of the discoloration, whatever it was.

BlindJustice
September 7, 2008, 10:55 PM
Hey, if you can get it clean - refinish with a good
carnuba wax and use a toothbrush to get the
wax in the valleys of the checkering as well as getting
the backside of that Coco Bolo wood.

PM me with your email I'll send yah a pic of my
S&W 617 with Hogue Coco Bolo grips no checkering
with white spacer/cherry wood I think is steamed to
get the murky butt cap in dark red/black.

Best of luck

Randall

vetteracer92
September 7, 2008, 11:16 PM
After you clean them up, try using automotive clear coat. It works wonders and is a pretty tough finish for pool cues.

2nd 41
September 7, 2008, 11:37 PM
After you clean them up, try using automotive clear coat. It works wonders and is a pretty tough finish for pool cues.
Thanks for the tip. I have a small collection of cues. I'll pick up a can and try it on the grips & cues. Love that Cocobola

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