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image-2.jpgImage Enlargerimage-3.jpgImage Enlargerimage-4.jpgImage Enlargeri was wondering if anyone had any advice or recommendations as to something to help clean some oil based clear product off of  the bluing. Full disclosure it’s a Remington model 37 that someone has been sloppy with the clear on the refinish. Before I attempt to do anything I was hoping someone might have some advice as to what to use that might not damage the bluing. If I have to leave it alone I will. I know the clear used was oil based for sure and thought about carefully using xylene, but am afraid it will eat the bluing. It’s very visible in person not so easy to show him pictures, but I tried.

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Bill,

Use acetone but don’t get it on the wood. oil the metal afterward.

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Excellent! I am going to take the stock off just to be sure

Thank you Bob

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Use acetone if that’s what you have, but lacquer thinner is more effective because it doesn’t evaporate so quickly.  Whichever you use, I think it’s going to be hard to do a good job without removing the stock.

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I like to use aerosol label/paint remover. It foams up and doesn’t drip like the thinners. Definitely remove the stock, spray it on, let it set a few minutes and wipe off. The 37’s are all rust blued, so no problem with damage to the finish on the metal. Follow it up with a good wipe-down of any mild solvent, then a wipe down with oily rag and you are set to go. I have been using this for years and it works great. Be sure and use latex gloves like you would for any solvent.

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Thanks guys, I have all of them as I am a painter by trade- I just didn’t want to try any( even underside of the barrel) for fear of damage. Now I can go for it with out worry. Gloves are a must, one of those things I never used to wear but as the years go by they are more and more of a requirement.

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Hey guys, thanks for all the advice- turned out great,it’s like a new rifle.

Bill

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Very nice, Bill. I’m of the opinion that some folks sprayed the entire gun down with a clear finish as a protective measure. Kinda like the clear plastic automotive seat covers of the ‘60’s. Saving that “new look” for the next owner. 

 

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Could be dried varnish or just dried oil.  Excess oil left to dry for years can turn to what looks like a varnish.  I like finding this on old guns.  It means nobody has messed with it for a lot of years.

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