What should you use to give your gun a bit of a polish up?

Can I disguise scratches with stock oil?

Q: I have a Beretta semi-auto with a lacquered stock. It has picked up a few scratches, and I wonder if I can disguise them with stock oil?

A: 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.

Instead try using a little hard-wax furniture polish, followed by buffing with a clean, dry cloth.

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