View Full Version : Removing Cosmoline ?

July 16, 1999, 11:39 PM
I just bought an old SKS that had been liberely coated with cosmoline.
The guy I bought it from removed a good deal of it, but I want to paint it camo, and I need to get the rest of the cosmoline off the stock. What works best to remove cosmoline?
Paint thinner? Acetone? What?????

George Stringer
July 17, 1999, 07:45 AM
Mhannah1, acetone, denatured alcohol, just about any degreaser will work. George

Fred S
July 17, 1999, 08:12 AM
Hot soapy water works well. When all the cosmoline is off, clean and oil like mnormal but ensure all water is gone.

To get the cosmoline out of the stock, stick it in your oven for 20 minutes at 250 degrees. Clean it and repeat.

James K
July 17, 1999, 01:58 PM
Gasoline will also work.

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4V50 Gary
July 17, 1999, 08:45 PM
US Army trick. Remove all wood. Go to chow hall where your buddies are doing KP. Steamclean. Oil. Reassemble.

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