Finishes and Refinishing Parkerizing, bluing, basic refinishing.

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Old 01-08-2010, 10:44   #1
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Removing craptacular varnish job from classic?

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I just posted in the shotgun forum to help ID my old four digit serial # Browning A5 I was given. The rub - serious rub... Someone - who I am related to as an in-law (yet shall remain nameless) slopped and I MEAN SLOPPED varnish all over the blueing of both the barrel and the action when they "refinished" the stock somewhere around 1960-70.

I am going to return the shotty to vintage new, hopefully.

What can I use to melt/remove the (I swear it's spar varnish) slop from the metal (some areas have a coating the thickness of latex paint runs, FYI) without destroying the blueing, which is otherwise in damnably good shape?

Thanks all, I appreciate it.

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although it might take a little work I would think mineral spirits would disolve the varnish yet shouldn't effect the blueing. naturally I suggest testing a small hidden spot first.
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Mineral spirits, lacqure thinner, etc. IOW most non-caustic things that will take off paint/varnish won't effect the blueing.
Now, things like "sno-bowl" toilet cleaner will remove the bluing almost instantly.

Just as a FYI, bluing is a form of rusting, so when removing the varnish overlayer you want to avoid anything that will attack rust
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Dear wife - please note you are missing a full bottle of non-acetone nail polish remover.

It went for a very good cause.

(Thanks guys, under 70 years of grime and the botched 1960 refinish with spar varnish is what will never be a beauty queen, but WILL be a great shooter. FYI aforementioned nail polish remover works way faster than mineral spirits and is not affecting the blueing.) Good metal under there!
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thats good to hear. may have to try that next time I have some serious cleaning I need to do to the metal.
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