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    Quote Originally Posted by sjohnson View Post
    Sorry if I sounded like I thought Oxiclean was no good, I've used it more than once on stocks, and use it all the time in clothes washing.
    I didn't take it that way. The 'for your reference' on the photos was meant to be intended for Johnny 5.56 so he could get an idea of what the Oxyclean can do for his wood. I didn't intend to sound defensive in my post but after I reread it I can see how it could easily be read as such. I'm with ya on this - I like the stuff. I've had some bad experience with bleach but was probably my fault because I used too strong of a solution soaking for too long and ended with a pulpy mess of a set of furniture. I just don't like the way bleach can eat up the wood fiber leaving surface fuzzies to be sanded off. I've never had a problem with the Oxyclean no matter how much I used or for how long. The Oxyclean is pretty much idiot proof. I've heard of many people using bleach and getting excellent results (like Coils Romy). I've found Oxyclean to be easier on the wood IMHO and like most people, stick to what I know best to get great results.

    BTW - for some reason Carbolic acid was stuck in an ancient memory cell in my head and was curious.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sjohnson View Post
    Sorry if I sounded like I thought Oxiclean was no good, I've used it more than once on stocks, and use it all the time in clothes washing.
    sj. You are always giving good advice. Like the Kernel.
    Illyas wood came out super beautiful.
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    Heh - going on memory, IIRC carbolic acid was one of the first hospital disinfectants, applied to surfaces.

    Looking it up, it's the main ingredient in our beloved AK furniture made of bakelite! Phenol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Some bleaching is alluded to in the wiki article, but it doesn't seem to be a primary bleach.
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    Illya thanks for the extra pics, I got to try that next time.
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    I was piddling out in the garage today and tried some clear Bullseye shellac (cut 50/50 with alcohol) on the Bulgy handguards shown in the photo earlier in this thread. It will give you an idea what to expect if you go with clear shellac as a coating. I think I like them.





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    Quote Originally Posted by 4thIDvet View Post
    What the guys said. Clorox I guess?? Make sure you remove all metal.
    That was a good tip from sj. Hell I used to scrape and scrub.
    Be sure too pull the spring out of the butt stock. Give it a good tug it will come out.
    I only soak it for about 3 hours in the 50-50 mix of bleach and water. Someone said that in a prior post here so I followed their advice.
    They said the wood gets mushy if left too long??
    Take some picts. as you progress.
    Bluejack your input was incredible for the guy. A picture of bleach.
    I used some Formby's Paint & Poly Remover last night and it worked pretty well. I'm going to sand it tonight, then I'll bleach it.

    I need to remove the metal tab from the lower handguard. What's the easiest way to do it, and does it snap or slide back into place later?

    Thanks.
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    Default Stripped and Sanded (ready for a good bleech bath)

    Ok, folks. Here are the pics of my Bulgy wood furniture, after I stripped and sanded it. I filled up a tub with Oxyclean and currently have the wood soaking in it. I'll be sure to post the updated pics. Thanks for all your help guys!


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    Default Bleeched (version 1.0)

    OK, so here are the results of the first bleaching session. Not too bad, but I've just put them in the Oxyclean for round #2. Pics to come soon!


    Here's what they started out as:




    And here they are after one bleaching session.



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    Remember to let them dry thoroughly (a week or more) before sanding and finishing. Looks good so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjohnson View Post
    Remember to let them dry thoroughly (a week or more) before sanding and finishing. Looks good so far!

    Thanks. I was actually gonna sand them tomorrow. I'm glad that you stopped me.

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