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PostSubject: Water Streaks on 1860 Army wood grips   April 12th 2015, 11:32 am

After shooting a few cylinders of Goex, tiny patches and ball from my 1860 Army, I did what I usually do - run some soapy water through the gun to remove powder and other fouling. When I get home, I do a thorough cleaning.
Some of the water from the quick rinse splashed on the grips and made streaks. I rubbed the grips with a soft cloth and an orange stain came off on the cloth. Also, the finish on the grips were dulled dramatically.

I tried some true oil on the grips to see if I could bring up a bit of a luster, but the wood remains dull. And, every time I rub the grips, the orange finish comes off on the cloth.

Any recommendations?

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PostSubject: Re: Water Streaks on 1860 Army wood grips   April 12th 2015, 12:08 pm

Why are you using patches with the ball?

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PostSubject: Re: Water Streaks on 1860 Army wood grips   April 12th 2015, 1:39 pm

Whoops!
Not patches but lubed 1/8" felt wads.
Less messy than spreading the grease on the outside.
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PostSubject: Re: Water Streaks on 1860 Army wood grips   April 12th 2015, 3:54 pm

Probably a water based stain that wasn't sealed. Strip or sand and re-stain with an oil-based stain if you can find one or stain with a water-based stain and seal with TruOil or varnish.

I've had several sixguns get wet and never had that problem.

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PostSubject: Re: Water Streaks on 1860 Army wood grips   April 12th 2015, 4:10 pm

Thank you, Gentlemen!
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PostSubject: Re: Water Streaks on 1860 Army wood grips   April 14th 2015, 11:30 am

I lightly sanded the grips, then applied TruOil. After drying for about a day, I put on another serving of TruOil.
The grips will never be beautiful, but they sure look better than new and the color doesn't rub off.
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