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Do you worry about marks on your vulcanite stem ?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by WrightwoodJohn, May 10, 2012.

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  1. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    that's the mindset I need. The pipe is to be smoked/enjoyed regardless..
     
  2. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

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    I actually do concern myself with this problem with my nicer, more expensive pipes. I use softey tips on them to avoid tooth marks and pitting. On my other pipes, especially cobs, I don't worry as much because the stems are inexpensive and easily replaced. If I find my standard skoking briars are getting or have been maked up, I'll buff or sand them to remove the damage.
     
  3. Monkeyshine

    Monkeyshine Active Member

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    I don't worry too much about regular use on my pipes. I also don't chew on my stems. Any scratching or minor marks on my stems come out in about 5 minutes with micromesh pads.
     
  4. Johnny Dingo

    Johnny Dingo Writer of wrongs

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    I don't get overly obsessed about it, but I've always found it's better to take good care of one's toys.
     
  5. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    What are said micromesh pads?
     
  6. dwaugh

    dwaugh Moderator Moderator

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    Basically very expensive fine grit sandpapers with a foam or cloth backing. They are very good for restoring pipe stems.
     
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  7. Monkeyshine

    Monkeyshine Active Member

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    Well not too expensive really, a little more than $20 after shipping from Amazon. For the few restorations on estates and the touch ups I've used them for, I consider them well worth the investment. With care, they should last you for a good long while.
     
  8. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    thanks, I've got some ultra/ultra (stage 4 in a 1-4 process) grit sandpaper to experiment on a less valuable stem...
     
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