reworking old stock


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TED338
February 12, 2013, 09:43 AM
I am reworking an old stock and want to remove some of the old oil, with which, the action area is saturated.I seem to remember that using something like flour, corn starch, maybe it was chalk; will do do the job. Any thoughts or help will be appriciated.

TED

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rcmodel
February 12, 2013, 11:18 AM
We used to use K2R spot lifter to suck the caster oil out of balsa wood R/C airplanes.

http://www.sears.com/american-home-products-k2r-56610-spot-lifter/p-SPM2286077203?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

It should do as well on gun stocks.

rc

TED338
February 13, 2013, 06:18 PM
thanks, TC

Reloadron
February 14, 2013, 06:41 PM
Sounds like you are describing a home brew old fashioned whiting compound. Brownells carries whiting compound and here is a video of how it works. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i31acWBV9zk)

A method I have used involves going to the hardware store and buying TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate) in 1 Lb packages. I add the TSP to a deep sink with hot water as seen below:

http://www.bearblain.com/images/Stocks%20Sink%201.png

Yes, that is a rock holding the stocks down. I let them soak and every 15 min or so scrub with scotch-brite. Generally about an hour draws heavy oil out of the wood.

Then allow the wood to dry:

http://www.bearblain.com/images/Stocks%202.png

Once dry I use 0000 steel wool and if necessary stain the wood. Light sanding, followed by the steel wool and then an oil finish. I use Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil for the final finish.

http://www.bearblain.com/images/Stocks%203.png

Finally you get things looking like this:

http://www.bearblain.com/images/Stocks%204.png

Depending on how much oil to draw out I would start as RC suggest using a spot lifter. Should that not work I would try TSP or Whiting Compound.

Ron

limpingbear
February 14, 2013, 07:47 PM
Easy off oven cleaner works too. Just use in a well ventilated area.

Teachu2
February 14, 2013, 11:11 PM
Back in the early '80s, I worked for a master gunsmith. My apartment burned, and the combination of smoke and water damage attacked all my blued guns. He used the hot tank to strip the furniture - not only did it strip all the oil and finish away, it also raised dents and closed cuts and scratches. Let them dry overnight, then sand, tack cloth, and several coats of Tru-oil rubbed in with fingertips. I spent several evenings rubbing Tru-oil, but made some beautiful finishes on my Dad's Remington Model 12 .22 pump and my Grandpa's Winchester Model 12 12ga. The 12ga had several cuts and dents - it had seen a lot of use and a barbed wire fence or two. Came out looking like a ''70s Wingmaster - deep, glossy finish.

Mosin Bubba
February 14, 2013, 11:36 PM
Easy off oven cleaner works too. Just use in a well ventilated area.

+1. I would recommend trying a gentler solvent first, like acetone, to remove some of that oil, but if that doesn't work then Easy Off should do the job.

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