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M1 MAC
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Posted - 09/08/2017 :  12:45:49 PM  Show Profile Send M1 MAC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Guy's,
Lucked out and found an all original Rock ola at the gun shop last week, they said an elderly woman brought it in..looks like an old DCM rifle..has original stock but looks to have a coat of varnish on it...any ideas on a good remover?
I will see if I can figure out how to post pics and do a thread on the Rock Ola page.
Thanks for any ideas on the stripper..
Mike

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Tuna
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Posted - 09/08/2017 :  9:53:49 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like Formby's furniture stripper. It will remove the varnish and the old dirt and oil imbedded into the stock and won't hurt it at all. You can clean it as much as you want with it. Then once clean you can then apply a coat of raw linseed oil to help protect it. Just do a small are of the stock at a time so you can remove all the old finish. Paper towels work.
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M1 MAC
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Posted - 09/10/2017 :  6:21:11 PM  Show Profile Send M1 MAC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Tuna..I will try that.
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bonnie
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Posted - 09/10/2017 :  6:49:29 PM  Show Profile Send bonnie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tuna

I like Formby's furniture stripper. It will remove the varnish and the old dirt and oil imbedded into the stock and won't hurt it at all. You can clean it as much as you want with it. Then once clean you can then apply a coat of raw linseed oil to help protect it. Just do a small are of the stock at a time so you can remove all the old finish. Paper towels work.



I agree with using Formby's. Have used it for years on old wood stocks. It is stiff stuff so follow the directions. Use it outside with rubber gloves and glasses. The green kitchen scrub pads lightly used work well. When done I let the wood set for a couple of days before oiling.
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