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Old 08-19-2004, 11:31 AM   #1
 
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Well here goes nothing................

I am going to prove to everybody that the dishwasher method is easy and safe. I am going to strip my IHC stock and handguards, its in the dishwasher as we I post this initial thread. I plan on finishing it with the Watco Danish Oil. I have never used it before, always the BLO. I hope that you guys that have steered me into using it have had great results. Here is the before pic:


http://photobucket.com/albums/0603/Ltcboy/

I will post a pic of what it looks like after the dishwasher method has been completed. I just did my Bren stock and hanguards in the dishwasher and it completely stripped them down. I am confident that I will get the same results with the IHC stock.


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Old 08-19-2004, 12:53 PM   #2
 
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Just to warn others, if you have a stock with a rare cartouche on it, the hot water in the diswasher will most likely take it out. In that case, it is MUCH better to buy 5 gallons of mineral spirits and soak it in a trough or 6" diameter PVC pipe if you can find one.
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Old 08-19-2004, 01:13 PM   #3
 
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He either has a really long wash cycle on his dishwasher or the wife came home early
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Old 08-19-2004, 01:30 PM   #4
 
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I started a thread a while back, "to wash or not to wash"

I went and used Antique furniture refinishes, and Mineral spirits, and finally washed it in the sink.

I like the way it turned out, and I don't think that you can damage it that way.

I would like to wash it again, as there is still a little residual oil coming out, .....can I come over and use your wifes dishwasher??

My wife doesn't have one other than me, and said she would kill me if I ask my mother-in-law

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Old 08-19-2004, 01:40 PM   #5
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I have a Hotsy aquaious hot water cleaning system at my shop. It's basically a industrial dishwasher and it worked great on an M1 stock I just did. The water gets to 200+ degrees so it cleaned the wood great. If this
didn't damage it I'm sure the home dishwasher won't.
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Old 08-19-2004, 01:44 PM   #6
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Try Castrol super cleaner, then wash off with water. Works great. At Wal-Mart etc. $7 gal.



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Old 08-19-2004, 02:09 PM   #7
 
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Just to warn others, if you have a stock with a rare cartouche on it, the hot water in the diswasher will most likely take it out.


As for Blood of Tyrants....no dice, all of the cartouches remained intact and were NOT raised. Here is some pics of the stock right out of the dishwasher, dried to the bone, ready for the Danish oil treatment.


http://photobucket.com/albums/0603/Ltcb ... ion=logout



I will post pics when the stock is done.


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Old 08-19-2004, 02:29 PM   #8
 
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ltcboy,
what settings did you use on the Dishwasher? I might give it a try on an extra old stock I got laying around the house.
and what did your dishwasher look like after the wash?
I put a dirty sling in the wash once and the whole dishwasher turned brown! Had to run it again, with nothing in there, to clean it out.
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Old 08-19-2004, 02:39 PM   #9
 
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ltcboy,
what settings did you use on the Dishwasher? I might give it a try on an extra old stock I got laying around the house.
and what did your dishwasher look like after the wash?
I put a dirty sling in the wash once and the whole dishwasher turned brown! Had to run it again, with nothing in there, to clean it out.


My dishwasher has a pots and pans cycle and also a high temperature scrub. I did both at the same time. I let it go the full cycle and it also dried the stock. The dishwasher is clean and there is no residue of any oil or stain. I used regular powder dishwasher soap, the handguards were on the top rack, the stock was angled into the corner on the bottom. Many are skeptical of this method, I have done at least 12 stocks this way. There are no harsh chemicals, your hands are saved from stripping it, and its done in about two hours. As they say, whatever flips your switch.

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Old 08-19-2004, 02:56 PM   #10
 
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Nice lookin' stock set, ltcboy!

That thing came out sparkling clean. I'm definetely gonna have to try that on my next set of CMP wood. If my dishwasher doesn't have a pots and pans cycle, do you still think it'd be an effective method for cleaning the wood? Also, are you going to sand afterwards? If so, what grit are you going to go up to?
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Old 08-19-2004, 06:04 PM   #11
 
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Mmmm...got some old metal...I have a self-cleaning oven....
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Old 08-19-2004, 06:32 PM   #12
 
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Ok, I'll bite. I will do the exact same procedure tomorrow. I purchased 3 extra stocks over the last 4-6 months and I'll spare one of them. I hope it works as well for me. I'll document everything along the way with pictures.

p.s. who's coming over to lean my dishwasher if this goes bad? Man will I be dead...
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Old 08-19-2004, 07:11 PM   #13
 
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If my dishwasher doesn't have a pots and pans cycle, do you still think it'd be an effective method for cleaning the wood? Also, are you going to sand afterwards? If so, what grit are you going to go up to?

Just run it thru twice if the one time doesnt work. I have had to do this before.

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Old 08-19-2004, 08:42 PM   #14
 
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Here are some pics that I took after applying Watco's Danish Oil. You can see the gradual progression that I have made today. I can say this.. I am very impressed with the quality and the way this stuff goes on so easy. I cannot believe that within 20 minutes it's dry. After taking the furniture out of the dishwasher,I sanded it down lightly with 400 grit sandpaper. I wiped it down and applied the Danish Oil very liberally with a shop rag. The wood really sucked it up. I have been going back and forth all night applying a coat, letting it dry, rubbing it out, then applying another. I also bought the Watco Wax that goes on after this, but I'm debating if I should use it. I have had all I can do to stop myself from using BLO. But all in all, I think that the wood looks pretty good so far. I just dont want a finish that looks to glossy. I really dont know if that Watco wax will give me the finish that I want.


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Old 08-19-2004, 08:43 PM   #15
 
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Thanks for the pics and the info, now I am convinced. I have a stock I'll try tomorrow
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Old 08-20-2004, 12:51 PM   #16
 
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"It just ain't natural". But before I continue let me say, it's not the method but the satisfaction. I enjoy working on the wood as much as shooting them. Anyway, here are some of my observations, 1) the stock seemed to has swollen and lost some of its sharpness in regards to corners and edges, 2) you totally wash away the patina of the aged wood, 3) the pores swell in the process and give the wood a pithy look. The reason it takes the oil like a dry sponge is becuase that's what it is after coming out of the dishwasher. I do respect your choice for Watco Danish Oil, I am refinishing my third stock with it. Right now I am on coat 17 and still going. Just take all of this with a grain of salt and put some more Watco on it.
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Old 08-20-2004, 04:09 PM   #17
 
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You missed a spot...
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Old 08-20-2004, 06:09 PM   #18
 
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You missed a spot...

After the day I had today--just reading that made me laugh....hehehe


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Old 08-20-2004, 06:51 PM   #19
 
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If you can't get away with sneaking into the dishwasher, Simple Green (full strength) does a good job. Spray it on, let it set about 5 minutes or so and wash it off. In tough areas, a little fine steelwool can speed the process.
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Old 08-20-2004, 08:56 PM   #20
 
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Deck cleaner did the job for me, but in the end, I wound up sticking the stock in the dishwasher and am very pleased with the results.
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