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Discoloration of cocobolo grips on 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Frog48, Sep 7, 2008.

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  1. Frog48

    Frog48 Member

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    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?
     
  2. BlindJustice

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    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-
     
  3. Evenflo76

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  5. BlindJustice

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    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
     
  6. vetteracer92

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    After you clean them up, try using automotive clear coat. It works wonders and is a pretty tough finish for pool cues.
     
  7. 2nd 41

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    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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