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    I've found shellac to work best.

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    do you use clear shellac or a tinted shellac???

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    I sanded a rommy grip that was in pretty bad shape with fine sand paper, but it has a fiberous feel to it in certain areas, I tried to polish it with a dremil but no luck. Any more suggestions on renewing bakelite?

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    I too have found shellac to work well. I used zizzners (spelling?) clear shellac in a spraycan. Not really all that glossy. It can be dulled down with a little 0000 steel wool. Be sure to use a lubricant with the steel wool. Like BLO or Tung or something. Then wipe dry as soon as you are done.

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    from what I've read, the "shine" on shellac Is created during the manufacturing process by the temperatures involved. the fibers are either wood or maybe asbestos, so don't sand too much. there is a place on the net that sells a product to rejuvinate bakelite.

    if it's just dirty looking, use some Johnsons paste wax. it will clean and shine the grip/mag up.

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    asbestos? ...ouch! I better clean up my mess.

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    I too have been wanting to glossen up a VZ stockset..


    maybe polyeurthane??
    This one is a wall hanger but im getting another to to adapt the wood to a Wasr
    this winter..

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