I came across a nice partial rusticated bent billiard in an antique shop the other day, and for $5 I couldnt pass it up. I'm still working on cleaning it up, so I havent smoked it yet. I'm curious about one thing though, it has a clear coat on it of some sort, I've never seen a pipe with one before. Its started to flake in a few small spots but it still looks half decent. Would this affect the way the pipe smokes at all? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question, but I thought the briar had to "breathe" to dissipate the heat, wouldnt the clear coat then seal it off and make it smoke hot?