Mark Tombleson wrote:I carefully cleaned it with Acetone & ran a wire wheel around the cap and band, clean up the grime and oxidation. Plating still looks good.
I just used the Acetone on the wood... the grime cleaned up pretty well. I didn't see any signs of any type of finish on the pump handle. The ends just look like they were chucked in a lath and made round.
Anyone have any evidence of some kind of clear finish?
Mark, my .N.O.S. ORD Walkers does not bear any trace whatsoever of any kind of finish. The lathe marks on the tips are " empty", so to say. So nothing was on the wood, apparently.
All of the used Walker pumps I happened to own ( grey or O.D., ORD or QMC marked) had the wooden handles darkened up by use, grime, age. Slightly weathered, on a motorpool jeep , doesn't bother me.
If excessive, however, cleaning them up with some degreasing agent did give a rewarding outcome. Personally I try to avoid any overrestored look for the woooden handle, just as I would for shovels or axes. And if really I had to paint them, for preservation purposes, I would chose a flat kind of clear wood preservative.