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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon

    For Dave Hawksford‎

    A friend at work bought some military surplus rifles, he says the entire rifles were dipped in cosmoline. he wants to know what is the best way to strip the cosmoline from the wooden stocks? I guess it's quite a mess. Any help appreciated!

    Jesus was a Woodworker

  2. #2
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    Oct 2009
    Lindale, TX
    I'd start with paint thinner and move up to kerosine if that didn't work well enough.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    IMO, Gentle heat {think hair dryer} is by far the best way to liquefy and remove cosmoline from the stock & will bleed the cosmo out from the pores of the wood. Wipe it down every 15 minutes or so, with old toweling until the weeping has stopped.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Dan to be honest, never stripped the stuff. Or I just can't remember right now with all the pain killers I'm taking
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    There is a company called LPS that makes a product that will remove the cosmoline withoout hurting the wood. The produce is LPS #2. For the amount of surface you got to clean(All them Rifles), I suggest getting a 5 Gallon can so you can dunk the parts. One place I know handles it is W.W.Grainger.

    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Some Mosin Nagants? I stripped a couple of mine using a clothes steamer for most of the parts, then wiped with paint thinner to finish up. "Simply green" works well too. Be sure to oil everything well after.

    If he's shooting surplus ammo, tell him to rinse the barrel after shooting with warm water to get the salt out, it will corrode the barrel.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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