I thought I would share my method for stock restoration. Some may find it unusual, I assure you it works.
The proof is in the pudding as they say, so I will demonstrate.
First , what you will need.
Paper towel, assorted grades of steel wool including super fine, some scourer pads , Boiled Linseed Oil, and the most important ingredient, Oven Cleaner.
Specifically this one from Coles or Woolies
It contains sodium hydroxide, a wood cleaner, as well as several ingredients that break down oils and make them water soluble.
It will not dissolve your stock or weaken it, it gently cleanses the surface of the stock.
So we start with this pink horror show. Nice stock, terrible colour.
So we give the can of oven cleaner a shake and we apply.
Then we wait …30mins will remove the majority of surface gunk, oils , grease and wood stain.
The foam will darken as it starts to work.
You can lessen the amount of time if you wish to refresh less. This method is best used on very dark stocks or stocks you wish to refinish.
After the allotted time, take some paper towel and wipe off the excess foam.
Rinse with water, briefly, don’t soak it. At this point, give it a gentle going over with the scourer, it will help loosen stuff up and remove any stray fuzzy fibres. Wipe it down again with paper towel, rinse again, again briefly, wipe down once more. Don’t allow any water to sit in the stock, dry it out, preferably with help from a hair dryer or heat gun. Any residual oil will soak back into the stock at this point. Now we inspect.
After one coat
After two applications.
What I started with.