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It's too deep to sand out. any ideas on something I could possibly soak it in?
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I have heard of people that put wooden stocks in dishwashers to clean and dewax them as well as using a steam gun type devise.
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Use a Oxalic acid solution on the wood and brush with a med bristle brush then follow up with a clear water rinse. You may have to try 2-3 times but it works well when refinishing old furniture. You may want to try it in an area that is hidden to be sure you don't get any unwanted discoloration. This will remove any oils that have not penetrated too deeply that may be on other parts of the stock causing unwanted discoloration..
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Has the wood been finished, or is it bare?  Are you certain it is too deep to sand out?  Did you actually try sanding it, or are you speculating that it's too deep?  If it has stained the wood and the wood is unfinished, you might try soaking the stained spot in mineral spirits.  That has worked for me before.  If the stain is deep, there isn't much you can do about it other than remove the stained area, live with it, or, depending on how dark the rust stain is, you might be able to hide it with a wood stain, but then, you'll pretty much have to stain the entire piece.  If that doesn't work, is there enough extra wood that you can remove the stained area and still have enough wood left to accomplish the task?
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3_tens posted as I was typing out my post.  I've never tried the oxalic acid solution before; it may work better than mineral spirits.
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thanks for the help. I am in the process of refinishing the stock so it is striped.
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I've also heard of people using bleach or hydrogen peroxide.  Use a brush to apply the bleach or peroxide only to the stained area.  Let it soak in.  Repeat a few times after waiting a few hours for it to dry until the stain is gone.  Then, when the stain is gone, neutralize the bleach or peroxide with vinegar water.  Follow up by rinsing the area in water.  Let the wood dry out again before applying any finish. 
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 Try a little bit of clorox just a small amount and see if you can bleach it back to its normal coloring.
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try a dilute solution of citric or ascorbic acid both will chelate Fe.

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Take a wet rag and a heat gun and sweat it out, this will also take out small dings,scratches.
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Brownells has a Whiting product that is supposed to "pull" OIL out of wood stocks...........I would try that seeing as how this is an unusual question............
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ive got a great idea, leave it be, it adds character!
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

ive got a great idea, leave it be, it adds character!
 
That's kind of what I did. I tried some different things with some success but the heavier spots would have taken for ever.
Thanks for all the ideas. I'm sure they would have worked but I just ran out of patients with it.
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This is the worst part.
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That rifle had a nice stock. Looks good with that finish.
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if it really bothers you, maybe a decent stock maker would shave 3/4 of an inch off the butt and go from there.
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So, did you try the bleaching discussed on the previous page?  If so, did it not work for you?
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I tried mineral spirits, bleach and a product called"Whink Rust Stain Remover".
 They all seamed to work some. The Whinks worked best.
I wish I had taken pictures before I started. What you see is a vast improvement.
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Very nice finish. Unless the rest of the gun looked new I would want it just like you did. Plus its something you plan on keeping so you now can also enjoy you handy work.
Good Job!
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SmileTry a mild solution of hydrochloric acid -- it is a reducing agent and should disolve the iron oxide or rust. Keep it off the bluing because it will remove bluing. Don't use concentrated acid because the wood could be turned into mush. Would not be surprised if Whink was diluted HCL.
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