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 Post subject: Acetone Treatment To Remove Lubricating Gun Oil
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:27 pm 
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I am removing lubricating gun oil from a 105 year old stock prior to sanding and refinishing. The “neck” of the stock including the pistol grip to the end that attaches to the receiver was a dark black from the oil. After stripping old finish and wiping with a rag soaked with acetone, there was still oil to be removed.

I then submerged that black end into a bucket of acetone. A lot of oil was drawn out, but there is still more to go.

Is there a limit of how long the stock should be submerged in the acetone? So far, it has been 7 1/2 hours. Should I keep it submerged until the oil is gone?

Will a steam iron over a wet cloth remove that which acetone didn’t remove?

Thanks.




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 Post subject: Re: Acetone Treatment To Remove Lubricating Gun Oil
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:25 am 
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This procedure usually works but it might not be a perfect solution The steam iron is useless.

Get a disposable aluminum roaster pan at the supermarket that is large enough for the
stock. Stop by your Home Depot or whatever and get a gallon of acetone and a
gallon of ethanol. If the stock has a plastic finish you might want a can of
some paste stripper too. Use that first if the outside finish requires it. If
the stock has a varnish or oil finish the acetone will lift that with no
problem. Then toss the stock in the roaster and pour in the acetone (it will
also neutralize the paste stripper). Cover the wood until it floats. Then pull
off a good length of aluminum foil and make a cover for the "tank", sealing it
as well as possible. Be aware that acetone is highly volatile and smoking the
cigar over the top of it is not recommended. Let the things soak for several
days, turning the wood over a couple times a day. When you feel like you're
tired of that, and the acetone looks like it has quit changing color, pour the
acetone back in the can, rinse the roaster out with alcohol, and then soak the
stock in the alcohol just like you did in the acetone. When you yank the baby
out of the alcohol bath it will be CLEAN! And you can seal it and refinish it
anyway you want after you let it dry a couple days


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 Post subject: Re: Acetone Treatment To Remove Lubricating Gun Oil
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:11 pm 
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In my experience you will never get ALL the stains out. Judicious application of new stain when refinishing can render the discoloration invisible.

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