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Posted: 12/10/2005 6:59:19 PM EDT
So I am trying to refinish the stock on my Yugo Mauser 24/47. After numerous attempts to remove the cosmoline from the stock it is still stained. I have tried M-Pro 7, super hot water, degreaser, finish stripper, and a bunch of other stuff. The stock looks great except for the places where it is obviously stained with cosmoline. Anyone have tips on how to get this stuff off?

-C4-
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 7:32:23 PM EDT
Try the blue can of easy off oven cleaner and then soak it in hot bleach water for awhile. That seems to be a favorite around here.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 7:50:22 PM EDT
Sometimes setting your oven to warmer mode or what not does the trick.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 7:50:52 PM EDT
I'll give that a try... it is nasty stuff... While doing this I did also figure out that the buttplate screw holes were rotted through... so I need to drill them out and then refill them.

-C4-
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 8:03:38 PM EDT
Yeah, I have 2 Yugo mausers I got for $70 a peice.

Just do what I did...call Boyds and get a new sporter stock. :P
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 8:15:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Phil1712:
Yeah, I have 2 Yugo mausers I got for $70 a peice.

Just do what I did...call Boyds and get a new sporter stock. :P



How much are they? (This is also more fun).

-C4-
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 8:42:28 PM EDT
Run it through the dishwasher. (really )
Gunplumber has a how-to on milsurp stocks at ARS, then click :"Notes" and scroll down to :"Surplus Wood Stock Restoration"
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 8:48:35 PM EDT
Use striaght 'orderless mineral sprits" on the metal pats, soaking them over night.

Use a half tung oil half orderless mineral sprits on the wood with a rag, Always comes clean with out smelling up the wifes stove or doing any scrubbing. just let it soak. The wood gets cleaned and the tung oil leaves a nice finish.
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 12:22:42 PM EDT
For the metal parts I've used a $30 steamer I bought at Fred Meyer. Works great for blasting out the cosmo in the front sight cracks, etc.
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 12:34:38 PM EDT
Tagged.

I just picked up 2 Turkish Mausers yesterday and this will be my first experience with removing that stuff.
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 10:44:58 PM EDT
This thread off the CSP forum may interest you guys cleaning them soaked stocks...
www.jouster.com/cgi-bin/03/03config.pl?read=28729 This guy cleaned up his stock really well from the looks of it.
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 1:54:34 AM EDT
Get a steamer, and it will melt right off. Just did a M1 Garand last week. Did the wood, and all the metal. Came out perfect!!! You will not be sorry.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 10:56:57 AM EDT
my father just finished a m91/30 refinishing project, he had excellent luck with the oven method.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:00:22 AM EDT
Anyone got a recomendation on a good cheap steamer? It is hard to tell on amazon which ones won't suck. ... I may try the oven method. As an update I managed to finally get the stock to stop oozing cosmoline and it is now hanging in my shower waiting for the stain to dry.

-C4-
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:05:33 AM EDT
I've done a bunch of stocks. Tall container full of hot, hot water and tide detergent. Put stock in let bubble for 30 minutes or so. All grease gone and dings filled.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:07:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By _RAGNAR_:
I've done a bunch of stocks. Tall container full of hot, hot water and tide detergent. Put stock in let bubble for 30 minutes or so. All grease gone and dings filled.



Any specific kind of tide?

-C4-
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 12:26:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -C4-:
Anyone got a recomendation on a good cheap steamer? It is hard to tell on amazon which ones won't suck. ... I may try the oven method. As an update I managed to finally get the stock to stop oozing cosmoline and it is now hanging in my shower waiting for the stain to dry.

-C4-



I picked up the "Scuncci Steamer" for $40 from my local Fred Meyer (kind of like a Wal-Mart).
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 12:43:47 PM EDT
I got a Scunci as well. Picked it up used for $20
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:43:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -C4-:

Originally Posted By _RAGNAR_:
I've done a bunch of stocks. Tall container full of hot, hot water and tide detergent. Put stock in let bubble for 30 minutes or so. All grease gone and dings filled.



Any specific kind of tide?

-C4-



From what I have been told any detergent that is actually soap will work.

It works very good, the stuff actually bubbles like a science project. Plus the hot water expands all the dings.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 6:46:31 PM EDT
There is a great ariticle in this months issue of Shotgun News about stock refinishing on milsurp rifles. Check it out.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 4:20:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sheldon:
This thread off the CSP forum may interest you guys cleaning them soaked stocks...
www.jouster.com/cgi-bin/03/03config.pl?read=28729 This guy cleaned up his stock really well from the looks of it.



If you use this method, be sure to wash your hands REALLY good afterwards. I did and apparently I didn't. Now I have a nice rash where I wish I didn't have a rash. It did a supurb job of cleaning up CMP Greek 03 stocks tho.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 11:05:54 PM EDT
I have used Oxyclean to good effect.

Mix the hottest water you got with a generous portion of Oxyclean in your bathtub, the submerge the stock. It will foam up like peroxide on a cut.

Lightens up or removes most discoloration.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 6:41:52 PM EDT
The dishwasher works great too if you can get it to fit.
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