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Old 06-13-2011, 01:44 AM   #1
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Default I could use some help on my Yugo 24/47

I got it disassembled and pretty much de-cosmolined. However, I'm having trouble disassembling the rear sight. I removed the pivot pin, but can't get it loose. There's a piece of spring steel in there like a Mosin's front sight, so I tried depressing it, but that doesn't work. Any suggestions from you Mauser experts?

The stock and handguard are oozing cosmoline and will go back out into the Sun for another day or two. I also found a fair amount of surface rust and would appreciate any solutions for that as well.

I figure some oil and fine steel wool should clean it up and since it's covered by the stock and forearm, I figured I could just give it a coat of Oxpho Blue that I have laying around. Or is there a better cold blue for matching the existing blue? The steel that is exposed could use a touch up as well, so I'd like a cold blue that will match the stock blue/black. I'd really appreciate some input on this as well.

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CA, I know many purists will recoil in shock & horror, but I've degunked and restored many an old cosmoline soaked stocks using Easy-Off oven cleaner and warm water. Two 20-minute soakings will usually do the job. A stiff nylon brush to scrub the goo off when you wash off the oven cleaner will also help. Murphy's Oil Soap is also a good product to use as a wash after the oven cleaner treatment.

The secret is to not let the Easy-Off stay on the stock for more than 20 minutes. Do it outside in a well ventilated area, wear rubber gloves and let the stock hang dry in the sun for a day and make sure it's 100% dry before proceeding with the next step. I assume you'll probably want to use a boiled linseed oil finish?

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I'm old school, I cleaned the steel with gasoline.

I'm just going to let the Sun leech the stuff out of the wood.

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Never mind, I found the info for the sight. I was close, just not quite there. However, I could really still use some input on the cold blue question.

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Oxpho is as decent as most cold blues. I use Van's, and Blue Wonder has good reports. Key is going to be prepping the metal surface- polishing, degreasing, warming the metal before attempting to blue. Do NOT try to apply cold blue with steel wool- it will blue the steel wool instead of your gun. Use a NEW toothbrush- 5 for a buck from the dollar store. For a quickie polish I have used 600 grit wet or dry paper with a light oil, degrease with alcohol, warm with a blow dryer. Your mileage may vary.

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CA, I know many purists will recoil in shock & horror, but I've degunked and restored many an old cosmoline soaked stocks using Easy-Off oven cleaner and warm water. Two 20-minute soakings will usually do the job. A stiff nylon brush to scrub the goo off when you wash off the oven cleaner will also help. Murphy's Oil Soap is also a good product to use as a wash after the oven cleaner treatment.

The secret is to not let the Easy-Off stay on the stock for more than 20 minutes. Do it outside in a well ventilated area, wear rubber gloves and let the stock hang dry in the sun for a day and make sure it's 100% dry before proceeding with the next step. I assume you'll probably want to use a boiled linseed oil finish?

Glad to see someone else who's not afraid to use this product in restoration work... I got into a big pissing match on another forum talking about this product. In all the "years" I've used this process, I have never once had a stock get burnt or discolored. When used properly, Easy-Off is every bit as good as any other chemical stripper you can find.

My process involves using hot .. hot water to remove the gunk then air dry or sun dry before moving on to the rest of the finishing process..

Did not mean to steal this thread from the OP but this was and is a hot topic for me... ( sorry )
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It's all good Old Man. The free exchange of ideas and opinions is what this place is about.

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Thank you sir.. Btw, I read a little on Van's cold blue. I've always used BC or Oxpho blue myself but thinking about giving Van's a try. Purely based on C3's posting. The Van's website mentions dunking the parts in whole as well as applying via cotton cloth. I've dunked small parts in like that in the past and the part seems to take the blue better and more even.
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Thanks, I'll look into Van's. There isn't any deadline on this, I don't foresee having ammunition for it until next month. (Budget considerations, moving was expensive with the usual unexpected costs. )

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Glad to see someone else who's not afraid to use this product in restoration work... I got into a big pissing match on another forum talking about this product. In all the "years" I've used this process, I have never once had a stock get burnt or discolored. When used properly, Easy-Off is every bit as good as any other chemical stripper you can find.

My process involves using hot .. hot water to remove the gunk then air dry or sun dry before moving on to the rest of the finishing process..

Did not mean to steal this thread from the OP but this was and is a hot topic for me... ( sorry )
Using Easy-Off cleaner on the old cosmoline soaked stocks has worked perfectly for me every time. I think it got a bad rep. because people were using it incorrectly and leaving it on too long. The maximum time I'll leave it on is 20-minutes. It breaks down the gunk and washes right off with warm/hot water. Letting the stock dry properly and completely before moving on and working it is another secret. Waiting is never fun, but patience is critical in restoration work.
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