Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blog updates -

I have two old (1936, 1956) .22cal bolt action rifles.  They were in pretty sorry shape, and I thought it'd be a nice learning project to restore them.

I've tried to keep the photos left and right, to show the different rifles through the process.  My photos are not the best.

First, break them 100% down.  completely disassembled, pull out barrel, receiver, bolt, butt-plate, etc.  

Then I used Jasco Paint and Epoxy remover.  I cannot recommend this goo enough.   Paint it on,  wait ~ 15 mins, then scrape off most of it old finish.

Then wash thoroughly in warm water.   Using 00 steel wool, under the water flow,  I scuff up the remaining finish, and prep the wood.   Both stocks had to dry for about a day.  Then I used bendable sanding sponges in fine grit, to wet-sand the wood smooth. - Again, a day of drying time.  They looked like this when dry:

after two FULL days drying in INDIRECT sunlight,  I put on my first coat of Tung Oil.  This will penetrate and seal the wood,  adding a nice gloss.  The process is to lightly rough the wood again with 0000 Steel wool  then wipe everything off with a clean cloth.    Put some Tung Oil on a blue paper towel, and wipe it in ONE direction only, starting at one end of the stock, working to the other.

When the whole thing is liberally coated with Tung Oil?  let it sit.   about 2 days.  You cannot rush this.  When it is dry, it feels smooth, not stickey.  Take a clean, smooth, lint free cloth, and polish it.   Rub in one direction, not swirly,  and polish
Again,  lots of drying time

After 2 days,  again with the steel wool, and the Tung Oil.  Repeat this for at least three coats.  Make sure its very dry.

Finally, polished,  I decided to experiment with Renaissance Wax.  This was developed in the British Museum research laboratories in the early 1950s - To quote a typical commercial supplier of conservation materials, it is used, to revive and protect valuable furniture, leather, paintings, metals, marble, onyx, ivory etc. Freshens colours and imparts a soft sheen.

Wax coatings for conservation are most widely, and least controversially, applied to metals. This has several objectives: to produce a barrier that excludes moisture and oxygen from the metal surface, to ensure against further introduction of contaminating elements by handling, and to provide a protective layer over anti-corrosion undercoatings.

I used the wax on all parts, metal and wood.   Let it dry, then reassembled.  they look GREAT

Went out dirt riding 2 weekends back,  I've lost weight, and went into a corner faster...  off the edge, down into the rocks and manzanita.    Got the bike back up,  rode more,  but hyperextended the thumb.  Muscles are healing,  all is well :)

 Matt and I tool Saul to Levis Stadium for Supercross.  He had fun, AND ate a Churro!

 For  Mothers Day, he wanted to get Sara flowers AND chocolates.   I helped him out,  he delivered.

his class is learning about giant Pandas. this is his interpretation of Bamboo, the pandas eat

and finally, PENNY!   who thinks she now lets ME sleep in HER bed.

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