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Old 02-09-2017, 07:22 PM
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A bit of Murphy's Oil Soap in water plus a toothbrush?

Unnumbered square butt diamond J frame grips in good condition, circa mid 1950's:



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I'd probably clean them with mineral spirits and a brush, and then straighten up the diamonds with the correct checkering tool. Lots of flat and uneven points there.
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I'd probably clean them with mineral spirits and a brush, and then straighten up the diamonds with the correct checkering tool. Lots of flat and uneven points there.
I would think that mineral spirits would strip any lacquer left under the oil and grime
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Don't soak it overnight, just dip the brush in and brush out the checkering. Bet lunch money the finish under the checkering is already ruined, anyway. There's a member here that does grip restorations.
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Murphys will do a good job of getting the grunge off, Simple Green works well too.

If you find the finish is not what you want, it is not a big deal to strip and refinish grips like this. Use acetone to take off the old finish and apply Tru-Oil or tung oil.

They won't look like brand new but they will be decent for an every day shooter.
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Give them a good cleaning, wax, and slap them on one of your favorite square butts, and enjoy. I love the looks of vintage grips, stocks, with a bit of character.
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"A bit of Murphy's Oil Soap in water plus a toothbrush?"

Yes sir that will work well but a word of caution. Everything that currently might appear to be finish probably is not and will be gone. Not a bad thing but don't be shocked by how little might be left. I've done two sets of targets, with the same result. The process will not raise the grain which is good. When finished, the bath solution will look similar to drained motor oil out of a '65 Chevy. Regards, hardcase60
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