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Old December 4, 2011, 12:43 AM   #1
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Mold on Wood Stocks

I was at a friends house the other day and he got into his gun closet for the first time in about a year. We found a light greyish looking mold or mildew on several of his guns. He asked me what I'd suggest in getting it off but I have no idea. I was a custodian for a while so anything I have would surely ruin the wood. Any suggestions? Also, stripping, etc is not an option at the moment. Would lemon Pledge work? Also, I have a safe and my buddy has a closet, could the air coming in under the door be source of his troubles? Could a golden rod work in a closet where air may come in under the door?
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:09 PM   #2
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Mold is usually the result of humidity. I doubt a Golden Rod would do much in a closet due to size. Looking in the closet more than once a year is probably a better idea.
Try the Pledge, don't know it it'll work or not, but it won't hurt anything.
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:11 PM   #3
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I had a plastic garbage can full of military take off stocks that were in the car port over the winter, covered with a sheet. This spring, they had mildew all over them. I had to scrub them off with an anti mildew product called "wet and forget".
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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Try the Pledge, don't know it it'll work or not, but it won't hurt anything.
Pledge contains silicone that will make any future refinishing a nightmare.

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Old December 5, 2011, 01:04 AM   #5
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would a golden rod and several of the silicone moisture absorbing bags help? He was away at school and has to go back in January. Anyways, I'll tell him about the pledge or wet and forget. Thanks.
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Old December 5, 2011, 02:42 AM   #6
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Clean them with Old English or Scotts Liquid Gold furniture oil.
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Old December 5, 2011, 02:58 AM   #7
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If these guns were military surplus such as an M1, the boiled linseed oil used on the stocks is and always has been subject to mold & mildew under humid conditions. Although I don't have a humidity problem, one way to combat this if you cannot reduce the humidity is to forgo the BLO in favor of 100% tung oil.

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Old December 5, 2011, 08:14 AM   #8
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If there is mold on the stocks what does the rest of the gun look like? Rust? Pitting?
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Old December 5, 2011, 05:49 PM   #9
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actually the rest of the guns looked fine, no rust or pitting. It was just a few small spots of mold. He got a few big boxes of silica desiccant, which claim to take care of 67 cubic feet. We figured his closet is 84 cubic feet so he got three boxes I believe. The guns were all taken out, wiped down with oil, barrels patched.
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