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Removing Linseed Oil from Hands

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JWarren, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. JWarren

    JWarren Member

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    Can anyone give a good way to remove linseed oil from your hands?

    Soap? Nothing.

    Fingernail Polish Remover? Nope.

    I'm really not going down the paint stripper road again, am I? :what:


    Thanks!

    (yep... projects are addictive.)


    -- John
     
  2. Danus ex

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    I use a three step approach. Step one, wipe as much off your hands as possible using paper towels. Step two, wash your hands with a good dirty-work cleaner soap. Fast Orange might be ideal to help cover the smell. I have some high-powered stuff that was apparently made in West Germany (got it from a German friend who has a crate of it). Step three, rub a little lotion into your hands so they're not irritatingly dry after the heavy soaping and you're back in business.
     
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    Dish soap works good enough for me but the odor doesn't bother me, in fact I kinda like it. Always reminds me of quality wood products, like gun stocks. Maybe I am a nut but I like the smell of gun oil and Hoppe's #9 too.
     
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    The best approach I have found is to wear gloves when handling Linseed oil, BLO, Tongue oil, or any of the other items we might use on our stocks. Other than that, I have no idea how to get the stuff off!
     
  5. Cosmoline

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    I may be crazy, but I just wipe the excess off and leave the rest when dealing with BLO. I have extremely sensitive skin when it comes to chemical compounds but BLO just goes on like a vegetable oil. I know it can catch on fire, but is it actually toxic or carcinogenic?? Maybe I need to start wearing gloves. Mind, I'm talking about real organic BLO, not linspeed or somesuch.
     
  6. Pine Cone

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    Try some hand creme. Great for getting pitch off and lots of other tree-related resins.
     
  7. Ash

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    I use laundry detergent and steel wool.

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  8. Bob R

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    Dremel, we know you have one! :scrutiny: :) :what:


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    Mineral spirits and Fast Orange!
     
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    Actually no... not anymore. Well, I had one until about 6 hours ago.

    I actually KILLED my dremel on this project.


    But it died in the line of duty.




    Thanks for the tips guys!




    EDIT:


    By the way-- Pics will be incoming as soon as the new trigger group comes in.

    I am building a target/hunting combo Ruger 10/22 for this project. It's a great story. A few weeks ago, I went into a pawn shop and there was a poor Ruger 10/22 that some guy decided to make into a stainless steel model with what looks like a steel wool.

    I got it for $50.

    Well, I've already received the new GM Fluted Bull Barrel w/ Fire Iron Sights, Millet See-through scope mounts, and the Teflon Moly Coat. Afterwards, I decided that it needed a target trigger group-- so it is on the way. It has a 2.5 pound pull, reshaped trigger plunger, better magazine release, and an adjustable over-travel stop.

    I want to keep the rifle looking somewhat stock, so today I reshaped the birch stock to remove the barrel band section. I opened up the barrel channel for the bull barrel, and stripped the finish.

    So far, she's got 4 coats of Linseed Oil and it is starting to look really nice.

    I already have a 4X fixed scope to put on it, but I'll likely upgrade it eventually.


    The competition that this will be used in does not allow bipods, so this will likely be the end of the modifications.

    As I said, pics will be incoming.

    -- John
     
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    Might want to try coca cola or pepsi.
     
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    Mineral spirits followed with Lava soap.
     
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    Gasoline is my master solvent, yes, I know it's bad for me. ;)
     
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    Boraxo hand cleaner. Cuts through varnish too.
     
  17. Owen

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    with oily stuff, using soap without getting your hands wet first makes a big difference.

    I have never played with Linseed Oil, but IME Dawn dishsoap, no water works extremely well for things like gun-drill oil, AR-15 soup, etc.
     
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    Don’t wet your hands use Go-Jo rub it in real well and wipe it off with a towel. Then use dawn dish soap and wash them as usual.
     
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    Actually, I have used the drum to sand superglue off my hand... :what:, I don't recommend it.
     
  20. amper

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    "Boiled" linseed oil can sometimes contain drying agents that are quite toxic. Ask the manufacturer of your specific brand to provide the Material Safety Data Sheet. Personally, I won't touch the stuff. There are much better alternatives.
     
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    The MSDS on the Barr BLO I use says nothing about carcinogenics other than "not relevant." Hmmm

    I may switch to straight LO and add my own drier if needed.
     
  22. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Sand may help or hand cleaner with pumice. Years ago I finished a gun stock with that stuff and it had to wear off.
     
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    One reason I like pure tung oil is it's completely non-toxic. I rub it in with my bare hands and it actually seems to soften my skin. It even smells nice. Pure tung oil is also more water resistant than BLO. You can apply tung over BLO, but it doesn't work as well the other way around.

    From working on cars, I found the best way to prevent your hands from getting grungy with projects is to rub a good amount of hand lotion in before you start the project. This will moisturize your skin and it won't absorb as much oil, paint, mud, whatever. If your skin is dry it will suck that stuff up like a sponge. After the project take a good hot bath, a long shower, or whatever to soak your hands good with hot water and soap. After you get cleaned up, rub in some more hand lotion. By the time you finish your next bath or shower the next day, whatever is on your skin should be cleaned up.

    The worst I ever had was some Gorilla glue and mud mixed together (definately should have worn gloves that day!). It took two days and about four long showers to get that mess out of my skin.
     
  24. nwilliams

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    You can't remove it, once its on your hands it will never come off! ITS A PART OF YOU NOW!!!!!!:evil:


    All jokes aside I found that using dishwasher soap and brillo pad works quite well, its rough on the hands so I wouldn't do it daily.
     
  25. jame

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    As my brother told me once........

    "If you want it to stick, use duct tape. If you want it to come off, use WD-40."

    For me, it works like a charm.....
     
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