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Removing Vic wood scales 2160

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Removing Vic wood scales
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:33:25 AM »
I just bought a Vic champ with wood scales and a gold medallion in it. I want to remove the gold medallion and have it remade to my style.
Anyway was wondering if anyone has removed the wood scales from a factory job.
Are they glued on? Any easy way to remove? Anyone happen to have an idea how to remove the gold piece?



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Re: Removing Vic wood scales
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014, 02:51:47 AM »
Im pretty sure they are glued on.  I think that might be a tough job to get them off cleanly.

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Re: Removing Vic wood scales
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2014, 02:51:55 AM »
I was wondering this my self.
My buddy really wants wood scales but doesn't like the models that originally come with them. Or at least none we can find used, normally Spartan or Huntsman.
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Re: Removing Vic wood scales
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014, 03:09:42 PM »
Not sure about Vic

But apparently Wenger Evowoods are stuck on with double sided tape.
Glue is not so manageable....

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Re: Removing Vic wood scales
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2014, 03:21:29 PM »
Those scales in the original post are most likely glued all around over their entire inner surface and it would be a great chance to break them or damage the liners if attempting to remove.

Personally I'd keep this SAK as-is.

Instead I'd get a regular SwissChamp in Cellidor and have custom scales made for it. Or find a Rosewood or Hardwood one and have a custom metal medallion put on if that's desired.
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Re: Removing Vic wood scales
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2014, 04:03:48 AM »
The Vic shown is almost certainly glued.  I recently removed the wood scales from a 111mm.  I was not the most careful, once side removed very clean, the other I was less patient and it had some damage (mostly underside).  They could actually be remounted, but a little plastic wood filler would probably be in order. 

I suspect a 91mm might be a bit harder to remove actually than the 111mm, but it all depends on the glue job which can vary alot. 
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Re: Removing Vic wood scales
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2014, 08:28:02 AM »
depending on the glue used, heating (try SAK in a plastic bag, in sink of hot water) or cooling (Bagged SAK in freezer, or outside in snow drift :facepalm: for a couple of hours.)

most glues will weaken one way or the other in temperature.  and work at it slowly and gently increase the force. Try a thin blade between liner and scale. But be prepared to give up or risk breakage.
In fact I wouldn't try removing them unless you were prepared for them to suffer some damage in the process.

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Re: Removing Vic wood scales
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2014, 12:57:54 PM »
Hey - If it is only the ingot you do not like - Why are you trying to remove the scales?? :think:

Get a really sharp, thin (modelling) knife - Cut around the ingot, then under it a bit and slice it/work it off.

Remake the ingot as you desire - Making sure its a wee bit bigger than original and stick it on again..
Hey presto....

Maybe a little filler/epoxy will be required when sticking it on again.

Just a thoiught...... 8)

 

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