Happiness is a Clean Bayonet
I found a beautiful bayonet for my Arisaka 99. Of course, it was covered in 65 year old cosmoline, which resisted everything I tried short of a belt sander. Not one to give up, I submerged the bayonet and scabbard in a strong solution of Simple Green and water for a couple of days. Success! The cosmoline is gone, the blade looks freshly milled, and I brushed a few pounds of Cosmoline out of the grips. Here's my dilema: the grips now look bleached, and are obviously old bare wood that's been stripped. Do I coat them with "something"? If so, what should I use? I want this to be a restoration, not a modification. I would apreciate any knowledgable advice. I don't want to screw this up.
Last edited by AlwaysAardvarks; 05-18-2011 at 11:41 PM..
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