MIKE GEORGE says: That’s the problem with lacquered or varnished stocks – they do tend to show the scars of honourable combat worse than do those with oil finishes.

If you oil a lacquered stock, none of the oil is absorbed and it tends to remain on the surface in a sticky form for ages. During that time it can pick up dust, which is not a very attractive proposition.

I suggest you use a little hard-wax furniture polish, followed by buffing with a clean, dry cloth.

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