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Old 06-10-2014, 08:30 PM
Aladinbama Aladinbama is offline
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Default How To: Oil scrub videos

For those who may be interested in how to do an oil scrub to clean a stock, I've done a few videos to basically show how it is done and what is is done with.
For those wondering, this is probably the most frequently asked question in regards to my products; What do I do to clean my stock? This is not by any means the end all, but it is a tried and proven way to "see what you have" so to speak.
Materials needed;
The oil scrub itself;
And After the scrub;

Again, this is the one way I recommend most for the initial cleaning of a dirty gunstock. After a couple of these you can then decide how you may want to proceed.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:19 PM
MixedBreed MixedBreed is offline
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Tom, you use turpentine for your 50/50 scrub mix, but would mineral spirits work?
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:04 AM
CalvaryCop CalvaryCop is offline
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Mineral spirits comes from petroleum,Turpentine comes from a tree.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:50 PM
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Turpentine tends to be a cleaner solvent and that is the reason I always recommend it. I also have it on hand.
It's ok to use mineral spirits, it's just not my preference.
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:00 PM
RASelkirk RASelkirk is offline
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Bumping this back up to say thanks! I just watched all your vids on refinishing.

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Old 12-29-2014, 01:56 PM
ac57 ac57 is offline
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Tried your turpentine/BLO scrub on some milsurp stocks this weekend, very pleased with the results! Cleaned a bunch of grunk off and brought out the grain nicely.

Thanks for the tips!
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:58 PM
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Bump to top because you need to read this :-)
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:55 AM
Buckshotshoey Buckshotshoey is offline
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Im waking up this old thread because I found something that works VERY well. I have an 1896 American Gun Co double barrel 28 ga. It belonged to my Great Great Grandmother. I think it was her 16th birthday present.

I restored it, and had a gunsmith check it out. Good to go! Some pitting on the outside but the bores are smooth as glass.

Anyway, I had to fix a crack in the forearm. Problem was, there was 120 years worth of oil (petroleum and human) soaked into the wood. I found this video from Larry Potterfeld. He soaks the wood in acetone. Didnt have much of a finish to strip, so i went ahead and tried it. And it looked like a fresh hunk of walnut. I ended up having to do the stock because of the mismatch. Then tung oiled both after the repair.

Acetone wont swell the wood, and evaporates completely in a short time.


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Old 06-23-2019, 09:24 AM
mrjinglesusa mrjinglesusa is offline
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Saw this old post bumped up and I needed to clean up some hand guards I purchased to match my SA/GAW stock. The rear hand guard was in nice shape but the front hand guard was very dirty, almost black. I used the OP method of 50:50 turpentine/BLO and that cleaned in up some, but not enough. Reading some other threads, I then used odor-less mineral spirits and that did the job perfectly. Really nice, red patina underneath all the dirt and grime.

I then applied a coat of raw linseed oil to the handguards and stock, let it sit an hour, wiped off excess, and let it fully cure/dry for 24 hours. REALLY happy with the results. Everything matches nicely with a “been there, done that”, red patina and have a beautiful, silky smooth finish.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:27 PM
Tommiep54 Tommiep54 is offline
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I'm considering trying this with turpentine and milk paint PTO. What do you think?

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