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    Rifle stock cleaning and finishing.

    This is my first time really cleaning a well used stock. What do you guys use to clean old military stocks? In this case a VZ24. I have heard of folks using easy-off oven cleaner but I am worried that it will be to harsh. I plan on getting all the dirt and grease off the stock and then steam out what dents I can. Then I was planning on using BLO to finish it off. I have been told to cut it with 50% mineral spirits. Does this Sound correct. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
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    CMP has a site for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rburney View Post
    This is my first time really cleaning a well used stock. What do you guys use to clean old military stocks? In this case a VZ24. I have heard of folks using easy-off oven cleaner but I am worried that it will be to harsh. I plan on getting all the dirt and grease off the stock and then steam out what dents I can. Then I was planning on using BLO to finish it off. I have been told to cut it with 50% mineral spirits. Does this Sound correct. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
    You are correct about the BLO/Mineral spirits. I have cleaned many old Mauser stocks like this and they come out looking great. On a really grimy stock, I usually spray it down with Greased Lightening cleaner Greased-Lightning® Super Strength Cleaner(Dollar General sells it), then rinse and let air dry.

    Next use the BLO/Mineral spirits and 0000 steel wool to scrub the stock in a circular motion, then wipe dry with lint free cloth and let air dry. Repeat as necessary.

    I usually finish my Mausers with a BLO, hand rubbed finish, and Tom's 1/3 Wax.

    There are several forums out there with ways of doing this and everyone has their own opinion. This link is pretty much how I like to finish my Mausers https://forums.gunboards.com/showthr...stock-refinish, but it up to you how you want it to end up.

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    I've used Easy Off oven cleaner to strip stocks also. it's kind of gross actually as everything just sort of melts off. But then I just washed with soap and water in a bathtub and it turned out pretty good.

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    I have used a product called "Simple Green" with good results and it is easy to find anywhere that sells cleaners. It's not too harsh, but it will strip the finish if you keep doing it. You can spray it on a rag and wipe it on, or spray it directly on the stock and wipe it off.

    The true key to using BLO is to be patient and really rub it in, let it dry completely before adding anymore. Continue rubbing the stock down periodically while it dries. Depending upon how bad the stock was that you started with, it can take a lot of time to get it to look right. Most people don't want to devote the time to it and end up with something too glossy because they added too much oil and didn't rub it down.
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    This is all good advice but IMO the best was to study up on the information the CMP forums have to offer. Guys there have been doing this for YEARS and on priceless firearms. They know their stuff.
    Putting firearms' contribution back in our history makes a more complete telling. Teaching marksmanship in that context deepens the understanding. Revere's Riders, because history involved guns!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongo59 View Post
    CMP has a site for this.
    Quote Originally Posted by SmileDocHill View Post
    This is all good advice but IMO the best was to study up on the information the CMP forums have to offer. Guys there have been doing this for YEARS and on priceless firearms. They know their stuff.
    just curious, do either of you have a link to a specific forum section or thread over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneBadV8 View Post
    just curious, do either of you have a link to a specific forum section or thread over there?
    It is blocked at work for me. I'll have to do it later.
    Putting firearms' contribution back in our history makes a more complete telling. Teaching marksmanship in that context deepens the understanding. Revere's Riders, because history involved guns!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmileDocHill View Post
    It is blocked at work for me. I'll have to do it later.
    stinkin work!

    ok, I was trying to find a specific forum or thread, but there's a lot over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneBadV8 View Post
    stinkin work!

    ok, I was trying to find a specific forum or thread, but there's a lot over there.
    I googled "how to clean wood stock cmp forum" and had hits on the first page of multiple threads on the subject


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