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reworking old stock

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by TED338, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. TED338

    TED338 New Member

    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.

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  3. TED338

    TED338 New Member

    thanks, TC
  4. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    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.

    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:


    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:


    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.


    Finally you get things looking like this:


    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.

  5. limpingbear

    limpingbear Well-Known Member

    Easy off oven cleaner works too. Just use in a well ventilated area.
  6. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Mosin Bubba

    Mosin Bubba Well-Known Member

    +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.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013

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