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Any tips for fixing “spotty/dry” finish?
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I wondered if anyone has experience or insight on how to help or remedy this dry looking spotty finish that seems to have plagued many vintage Winchester rimfires I’ve come across?

 

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You might try several hand applied (rubbed) coats of True Oil.

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Tru oil will make it shiny.  I might try boiled linseed oil first. Apply let it soak in reapply if necessary.

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June 14, 2023 - 10:14 pm
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Chuck said
Tru oil will make it shiny.  I might try boiled linseed oil first. Apply let it soak in reapply if necessary.

  

I agree, except penetration will be improved if the oil is cut 50/50 with turpentine.  But I think the “spots” are the result of stained lacquer flaking or wearing off, so how well the color can be restored is questionable.

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  First try Scott’s Liquid Gold, just spray on a rag and wipe it on. Nothing permanent but it will make the dry spots and small scratches disappear. T/R

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Thanks to all for the suggestions. These aren’t high dollar guns. One is a model 72 and one is a 68. I’m not trying for an unrecognizable “restoration” but was hoping to blend the spots in. I’ve seen this finish loss/wear on countless Winchester rimfires and figured some of you must have dabbled in bringing them back to looking better, if not close to original. 

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I’ve used the Stock Sheen that comes in Birchwood Casey refinishing kits for dull lacquer stocks. May try the Liquid Gold, sure makes my old furniture look nice.

 

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TR said
  First try Scott’s Liquid Gold, just spray on a rag and wipe it on. Nothing permanent but it will make the dry spots and small scratches disappear. T/R

  

  Really it works on old furniture and guns, just what you need. A lot of the old gun dealers use it on their gun rags, it won’t hurt the metal or wood. I have a old model 70 that I’ve hunted with for 30 years, I use it on my gun rag for a total wipe down after a day in the snow. No side affects. Buy it at the hardware store. T/R

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My favorite wood restoration product is Kramers.  A little pricey but works well and a little goes a long way. 

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rwsem said
My favorite wood restoration product is Kramers.  A little pricey but works well and a little goes a long way. 

  

Seems very interesting, but I looked in vain for a description of the ingredients, other than turpentine, which, unbelievably, is no longer produced in this country!  Turpentine was once used in hundreds of products, including medicine; have we run out of pine trees?  I know a so-called “turpentine” can still be found in hardware stores, but as he said, it’s probably synthetic, unless the can says “pure gum turpentine,” which is the label on mine, over 10 yrs old.  Another product mis-labeling is “boiled” linseed oil, which according to what I’ve read, is now un-boiled oil to which a chemical dryer is added.

Quite a bit of blather in many assertions, however, such as the claim that his product will turn “deep rust” into a “dark oxide.”  Well, rust is of course iron oxide, & any kind of oil will be absorbed & darken it.

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clarence said

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Tru oil will make it shiny.  I might try boiled linseed oil first. Apply let it soak in reapply if necessary.

  

I agree, except penetration will be improved if the oil is cut 50/50 with turpentine.  But I think the “spots” are the result of stained lacquer flaking or wearing off, so how well the color can be restored is questionable.

  

I agree that the lacquer has flaked.  He should try a couple of spots first with the BLO.  He might have to use a stain first?   If TR says to try Liquid Gold I’d recommend that he tries this too on a couple spots.

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He might have to use a stain first?  Chuck said 

Staining without removing the old finish completely will probably result in unequal penetration.  If BLO or LG won’t produce satisfactory results, I’d look for something else to do.  LG looks very good when first applied, but the effect doesn’t last as long as BLO; but then, it’s quick & easy to reapply.

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clarence said

He might have to use a stain first?  Chuck said 

Staining without removing the old finish completely will probably result in unequal penetration.  If BLO or LG won’t produce satisfactory results, I’d look for something else to do.  LG looks very good when first applied, but the effect doesn’t last as long as BLO; but then, it’s quick & easy to reapply.

  

Pick one spot and use a light stain then BLO and see if it might help.  Pick another spot and try the BLO by itself.  Trial and error will eventually get you the results you want.

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