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Estate Pipe Question

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by HolySmoke, Feb 28, 2011.

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  1. HolySmoke

    HolySmoke Member

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    Hello everyone. I am a new(ish) pipe smoker who just got my first estate pipe. To clean it I used pipe cleaners dipped in rubbing alcohol and then alternated with a clean one. Repeated many times. To clean the bowl I put rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wiped it out a few times alternating with a dry and wet clean cloth. Where the alcohol got on the outside of the bowl it dried the wood out so I put some wood polish on the outside and it seems ok. I really like this pipe and will be totally bummed if what I did messed it up, what do you think?
     
  2. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Sales Account

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    Alcohol takes the finish (wax) off most pipes in a big hurry. You didn't hurt the pipe any.
     
  3. jhe888

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    You could re-wax it, but you'll have to get a block of real, pure carnauba and a buffing wheel. You didn't do any harm except to the finish.
     
  4. beeftip

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    Fill it up and light it on fire. You'll be fine.
     
  5. Strongirish

    Strongirish Member

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    I really don't recommend rubbing alcohol. Better to use drinking alcohol for the pipe. Everclear is the best.
     
  6. HolySmoke

    HolySmoke Member

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    Thanks everyone.
     
  7. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Yep! Something not poisonous to the human system is best! :eek:hyeah:

    On the flip side, isopropyl dries pretty fast.
     
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