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Stinky Stocks

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by DeadFlies, Jun 12, 2013.

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  1. DeadFlies

    DeadFlies Member

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    I just purchased a used rifle with a wooden stock. It had obviously been kept in the home a smoker because the stock reeks of cigarette smoke.

    What is the best way to fix this, short of getting a new stock?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Start smoking yourself.
    You won't even notice it after the first day or two!

    No, seriously.

    They sell 'smoke canceling' spray cans at home depot.

    Or wash the stock & metal with Mineral spirits, or Lemon Oil furniture polish, and 0000 (Super-Fine ) steel wool pads.

    It will remove the smoke film without harming the stock or metal finish.

    And then, it will either smell like paint thinner for a while, or Lemons for a while.

    Depending on which you prefer.

    rc
     
  3. DeadFlies

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    Let's see...

    Mineral spirits
    Pros - smells manly
    Cons - gives me a buzz, which is not conducive to small groups or general safety at the range

    Lemon-scented furniture polish
    Pros - smells tropical
    Cons - gives me a headache

    Think I'll try the mineral spirits since I have some on hand anyway. Not so much with the furniture polish.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    A day or two in the sun & fresh air after you clean the smoke film off of, as Gary Oldman said in the Proffessional, EVERYTHING!!!! will help a lot too.

    rc
     
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    If your not going to refinish it remove everything(B/A, butt plate, trigger guard, ect) from the stock and hang it where it will get plenty of ventilation. Clean or wash all the parts you removed. I don't know what finish is on the wood but if it's a solid finish. No cracks, chips or unfinshed checkering some warm water with a little Dawn dish washing liquid will remove the film from the finish. If the open wood inside the stock stinks you could seal it with lacquer. Pics would help.
     
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    Buya little jar of that stuff they sell to eliminate pet-odors in your carpets, or even some febreze

    It wont hurt the stock,and it leaves a neutral scent
     
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    Dip it in Hoppe's #9, ALL the gun nuts love that smell.
     
  8. DeadFlies

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    A pic, you say? Thanks for asking!

    Here's the new rifle. Savage 340 in 30-30 with a Weaver k4 60b scope. Probably going to try to dishsoap wash first as it's probably far gentler than mineral spirits. then a good dose of Hoppes. Love that smell!

    photo-5.jpg
     
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    Most stocks stink.
    On sanded wood i use mineral oil and bee's wax over that, the salad bowl treatment.
     
  10. desidog

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    Leave it in a bag or box with a bowl of baking soda for a few days. Arm and Hammer soaks up smoke smell.
     
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    yep to baking soda (or naphta balls.)

    Ditto on this. I've removed smoke stench out things like clothes and small wooden items this way. If the stock had been reeking of smoke stench for quite a while, however, the OP might want to use baking soda first for a few days, then give a good hand scrub with lemon oil, then dry, then baking soda treat it as well.

    Naphthalene balls work also well to remove smoke stench. Obviously, naphta doesn't smell that great, but the smell goes away after a week or two of having an item in a well ventilated area.
     
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    Update

    I removed the stock from the action and gently scrubbed the stock with some lemon dishsoap and scotch-brite. Then a rinse with hot water, then some dry sanding with scotch-brite. I did this twice then rinsed it off with some more hot water, wiped it dry and then left it in the sun to dry for about an hour. This got rid of the stink and most of the dirty, oily spots.

    Then I gave it three coats of some rather light-colored furniture stain I had around. We'll see how it comes out. It's more of a bright, orange-y color now instead of a dull, dirty brown. So far, not too bad for about an hour of work on a cheap gun.

    I'll post an "after" pic when I can. Thanks for all the great suggestions.

    After pic:

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    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
  13. publiuss

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    It obviously does not have a bright finished stock (Rem bowling pin, Weatherby). I would wipe it down with Murphy's oil soap and scrub with a soft brush like a shoe buffing brush. Immediately wipe off and let dry overnight. Then rub vigorously with a rag alight coat of linseed oil then immediately wipe off. This should remove the smell and make the stock look better.
     
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    If you did all of that water rinsing, you might leave the action out of the stock for a couple of days, let it totally dry out, you'll have rust to contend with then!
     
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