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8/7/2014 6:57:01 AMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

Chuckey, TN
27, joined Oct. 2012

I recently bought myself a new toy, however, it was coated in cosmoline. I managed to get this crap out of the bore, mechanism and other hiding places, but I have yet to find a way to get it off of a wooden stock without destroying the finish. I have read many posts on line as well as watching many videos on YouTube, but most of them have to do with using hot water or steam ( which I would like to avoid doing ).

I thought about taking the stock out and putting it in the trunk of my car to sweat it out, but I am unsure if that method would allow it all to leach out of the wood.

Any ideas?

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8/7/2014 8:06:17 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

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Kalispell, MT
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WD-40,olive oil. Try it in a small area that won't show. Both work wonders!

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8/8/2014 1:58:41 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

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Drumright, OK
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I have used diesel on the metal parts but I would check it in a small area and boiled a towel in water and wraped it around the wood parts for a couple minutes.

8/8/2014 4:39:41 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

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Cedar Grove, WV
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alcohol may do it without much damage to the wood,

8/8/2014 7:37:07 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

Lynchburg, VA
52, joined Sep. 2012

Boiled linseed oil. Takes a lot of elbow grease but works great. Used it on my M1. Check CMP ( civilian marksmanship program) website.

8/11/2014 1:55:35 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

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Greenwood, FL
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i always use easy start in a spray can for that then set it out in the sun for an hour or two

8/16/2014 10:48:46 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

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Zion, IL
75, joined Mar. 2008

Mineral spirits works great.

8/17/2014 10:00:50 AMRemoving cosmoline from wood 
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Assumption, IL
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I thought of mineral spirits but was wondering if tung oil would work as well?

8/17/2014 9:27:06 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

Chuckey, TN
27, joined Oct. 2012

I was able to get it all of with 80% rubbing alcohol. Just to be sure, I put the stock in a newspaper lined cardboard box in my trunk just to leach anything out. There was very little that seeped out of the 128* temperature of my trunk.

I need to get a new bottle of Tung oil. I found my old bottle, but apparently somewhere along the way the bottle cracked and it turned rock hard.

10/17/2014 2:55:06 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

Pickens, SC
38, joined Apr. 2013

Break-cleaner...Chased IMMEDIATELY WITH CLP!finish to taste.

10/24/2014 8:50:47 PMRemoving cosmoline from wood 

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Litchfield, OH
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Covers removing cosmoline from a rifle stock.

10/29/2014 1:21:17 AMRemoving cosmoline from wood 
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Perry, IA
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