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    Hey guys,

    I've got some old wood gun stocks on some family heirloom guns that I want to clean up, spruce up, polish up, and protect. The original finish is getting pretty thin. I DO NOT want to sand, stain, or refinish the wood as that would detract from the collector vale of the guns.

    I remember my Dad always using Linseed oil, but I can't find any of that. I saw Old English Lemon Oil at Lowe's yesterday and one or two other products, but I don't know what to use and, more importantly, what NOT to use.

    Any of you guys have any suggestions?

    Thanks.

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    Lowes down here carries Linseed oil maybe you just didn't see it. http://www.lowes.com/Search=linseed+...d=10051&rpp=48

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaleC View Post
    Lowes down here carries Linseed oil maybe you just didn't see it. http://www.lowes.com/Search=linseed+...d=10051&rpp=48
    That link leads to a search results page that says no results found.

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    linseed oil may very well soak into the wood where the varnish has worn off - how about high quality car wax ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by back country View Post
    linseed oil may very well soak into the wood where the varnish has worn off...
    I think that is what it's supposed to do.

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    Do not wax your stock. This will prevent any new finish from adhering to the stock at some future date. Very difficult to remove. I use Varathane for light touch up. Just rub some on by hand and let it dry for a couple days.
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    I like this stuff:
    http://www.lin-speed.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by FL2AK-Old Town View Post
    I think that is what it's supposed to do.
    try applying a stock "finish" over linseed soaked into a stock then ....... and watch out for the suds if you find yerself in a rain storm with that linseed soaked stock

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    Gunbugs,

    I looked into the varathane. That's a rustoleum product that is actually a stain. I don't want to add any stain or varnish of any kind to the stocks; I just want to clean, shine, protect what finish still remains. I don't believe I'll ever want to put new stain on the stocks, or do any sanding, etc. Essentially, I just want to make what I have look a little nicer/cleaner without doing any restoration.

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    are they sporter guns or military guns? Eurpoean or American?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildalaska View Post
    are they sporter guns or military guns? Eurpoean or American?
    Pre-64 Winchesters, all shotguns. 1 ea pump, side by side, and auto loader. (Models 12, 24, 50)

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    Default Oil/Cleaner/Polish for vintage gun stocks

    If you want linseed, you're looking for a can like this. Positive it came from either the blue or orange box store in ak. Maybe sbs but I don't think so.

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    That said, this is more than I'll ever use for wood tool handles, etc. If you want some, bring a container next time you come to Palmer and send me a pm ahead of time.

    I've heard tung oil is preferred...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FL2AK-Old Town View Post
    Pre-64 Winchesters, all shotguns. 1 ea pump, side by side, and auto loader. (Models 12, 24, 50)
    Call the Kid hell tell ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by GD Yankee View Post
    Ohhhh yeah. I forgot about those guys.

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