I've been trying to clean up a bamboo rod that I've had for a couple of years and make it presentable for use.
It's a Wes Jordan, c1939, South Bend #25.... 7'6", 2/2, "Doublebuilt"
It's in excellent condition excepting the varnish is dirty and discolored.
On the "classic" forum most folks seem to recommend denatured alcohol for cleaning and a citric based stripper for dissolving old varnish. My fishing partner who restores rods professionally uses pure turpentine.
Although I haven't tried the citrus stripper, I've tried both alcohol and turpentine along with mineral spirits and they do nothing.
Fromby's Furniture Refinisher is the only stuff that I have thatseems to work, but even so it's pretty harsh and the bright orange silk wraps aren't cleaning up as well as I'd like.
Plus there's no way that I'm going to use a stripper on the writing and decals.
Anybody got any other suggestions on safe cleaning of 75 year old varnish ?