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Hello all,
I recently acquired a very nice Finn and would like to wipe down the stock without inducing any oil or change to the stain. Any recommendations? Thank you.
 

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I use a product called "Howard Feed & Wax" applied with 0000 steel wool, & later buffed with a soft cloth.
 

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If the stock is dark it likely has a pine tar finish. You should be careful not to remove it as Finnish rifles with this finish are highly sought after. Every time I turn that phrase it makes me chuckle. I like to treat these stocks with 1/3 Finn mix, there is some debate on how widespread it was used in Finland but notwithstanding that the fact is the stuff works. I'm including a link to my 42 Valmet which I think has a classic pine tar finish. If the stock is really dirty I use a oooo steel wool pad to clean off the first application of the wax, then rub in another and buff with a cotton rag the next day.
http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k36/cajuncj/1942 Valmet M-91/
M-39's cleaned and treated with Finn mix.
http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k36/cajuncj/44 Sako tiger/
http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k36/cajuncj/1942 VKT/
http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k36/cajuncj/1944 Sako/?action=view&current=IMG_1125.jpg
http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k36/cajuncj/1968 M39/
here is a link to get 1/3 Fin mix
http://www.thegunstockdoctor.com/
 

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Making 1/3 is so simple:

Heat 1 cup linseed oil on stove - DO NOT BOIL (it flashes easily). NOTE: Finnish flaxseed oil IS linseed oil.

Melt equivalent weight carnauba or bee's wax in the linseed oil.

Remove from heat source and move away from any ignition source. Add 1 cup turpentine (gum or synthetic), and mix. Pour into sealable tin or other heat proof recepticle (jam jars ok), and allow to cool.

I made a mix up about 15 years ago and still not empty!

This mix was WIDESPREAD use in the British Commonwealth for decades (maybe centuries).

Also use dwas a mix of 2/3 linseed oil (boiled) to 1/3 white vinegar. rubbed onto stocks, the vinegar cleaned and the oil penetrated. The oil prevented the water and acid in the mix from entering the wood, but allowed it to clean the surface.



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For just cleaning, I've had great luck with Murphy's Oil Soap. It does not harm the existing finish. I use a green scrubby to loosen the dirt.

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Mineral sprits or a commercial wood cleaning product like Formby's will take off the dirt without taking off the "Finnish finish". Tom's 1/3 afterwards and you are good to go!
 

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Thank you folks. It's very nice already. Just a bit grimey from storage. I'll try a damp rag first to see the difference, if any.
 

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Thank you folks. It's very nice already. Just a bit grimey from storage. I'll try a damp rag first to see the difference, if any.
A damp rag with water is the worst thing you could try. Hope you did not mean that. Dampen it with some mineral spirits at least.
 

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I use Formby's build up remover to clean dirty stocks.
 

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