Been working a bit on my Ishy Enfield the last few days. The stock is absolutely saturated with oil and/or cosmoline. Having a heck of a time getting it all out.
So far, I have been soaking in acetone, and alternating between sitting the stock in a black trash bag on the dash of my truck to heat it and help the oil sweat out, and then soaking in acetone to dissolve the oil.
I am happily surprised. The stock, as it arrived on the rifle, was very dark. Very very dark. We're talking black coffee dark. I thought it was some type of exotic dark wood. As I cleaned it up, the top forearm pieces were considerably lighter in color. The surprising part is that as I continue to clean oil out of the lower stock and butt stock, they are lightning up to match the other pieces.
I've already painted the metal of the rifle in flat black Duplicolor high heat engine paint with ceramic. I also highlighted all the lettering and stampings with white. Believe me, it looks much better than the 'factory' paint job it came with. Should last longer too.
Now, if I could just get the oil soaked stock clean and dry. And decide just which oil finish to use.... Suggestions?