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Old 04-10-2012, 10:52 PM
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I just used Citristrip on a stock today and it took everything off without damaging anything.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:55 AM
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I use Formby's Finish Remover.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:39 PM
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Default Help w/removing varnish from K-98 stock/metal

I got this nicer condition dou 42 K-98 from a fellow drag racer whose uncle brought it home in 1943 (went on to Pacific where he was killed in 1944). Someone in the family varnished the stock with out removing the metal from the wood.

Now apart, I have tried every gun cleaning solution I have & Formbys Furniture Stripper & denatured alcohol on the varnish on the metal & nothing has touched it........Even very carefully scraping it with a pocket knife, it still doesnt want to let go. Would take ages to get it off with a pocket knife............and risk metal finish damage!!!! Plastic scraper does nothing...........

Any suggestions for metal??? wood???.......

PJH
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:46 PM
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Use MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone, available where paint is sold unless you live in the PRK) and 4-0 steel wool.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:52 PM
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Have you tried letting it soak in thinner for a day or 20?
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:01 PM
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Without knowing more.....and seeing that the finish resists Formbys and alcohol....I would guess that it may be polyurethane on the stock and metal.

MEK ( if available) would be a good product to start with. Have you tried straight acetone out of a can? That's my go-to product.

Don't forget to wear gloves and the other usual precautions!
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:16 PM
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Tried acetone? That usually works for me on most stuff.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:17 PM
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Phil, try acetone as suggested above. When using it keep the can tightly capped. You'd be surprised how much you can loose through evaporation.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:51 PM
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Be sure to use gloves rated for petrolium based chemicals. The gloves from the drug store will melt, as will dish washing gloves (ask me how I know). The expensive black ones hold up okay.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:50 AM
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Thanks, Gents. I did the soaking routine over the past month....never for 20 days as whatever I put on usually was dried totally in 4-5 days.

Is acetone finger nail polish remover or is there purer, less cosmetic, formula available?? I spect most fingernail polish is a form of laquer due its rapid drying time.

I am familiar with MEK, dont have any now. I also have a pr of long cuff chemical gloves from DuPont plant.

We are still dealing with the blind calf, as soon as we make a decision on its fate, (this week for sure!!), I am getting on this project........got half a dozen piling up here.

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