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Pipe cleaning

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by mitch11111, Apr 5, 2011.

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  1. mitch11111

    mitch11111 Member

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    Last weekend I was visiting my favourite antique mall, when I came across a nifty pipe rack with a tobacco jar. For the price of $18, I couldn't resist. The rack even included a Dr. Grabow Grand Duke pipe. The pipe was in somewhat rough shape, so I tried to fix it up a bit. I reamed the bowl and gave it the salt and alchol treatment. This seemed to help a lot. I also cleaned out the stem and applied some olive oil.
    While this has dramatically improved the pipe's condition. I still wouldn't call it "good as new". There is some slight oxidation on the stem. I have heard that soaking the stem in bleach can remove some oxidation, but I am hesitant. I was wondering if there is anything I can do to both the outside of the bowl and the stem to really give it a good shine. I know there are some polishes and waxes out there, but I was wondering if there are any homemade solutions that wouldn't require me to purchase anything. Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Smoker99

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    Don't put it in bleach, unless you have a buffing wheel. The bleach will remove the oxidation, but raise a very rough surface that needs a buffing wheel to get off. I use Bar Keepers Friend. It has a small amount of acid in it, and with a bit of elbow grease, will do the job. You can then hand polish/wax it to look pretty decent.
     
  3. Falconeer

    Falconeer Active Member

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    Hi All,

    Bartenders Friend does indeed work and there are also kits you can get quite cheaply - WalkerBriarworks does one as does Denicote. I got one of these as a Christmas present (the Denicote one) and have had good results with it. I found the stem polish worked best if appplied to a damp cloth and was then rubbed in in small cirles. I got the stem to a high polish by finishing off with Dura Glit metal polish wadding.

    Again the kit came with briar polish - apply leave for 24 hours and then polish up with a soft cloth. A cheap and cheerful solution for briar which has worked for me for over 30 years is to apply shoe polish, leave it to go hard and then buff off with a soft cloth,

    Hope this helps

    Gerry
     
  4. colorduke

    colorduke Active Member

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    Mr clean eraser pad works also.
     
  5. Strongirish

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    A good jewelers polish works good as well. Also there is a product you can buy on ebay called Magic Cloth which works wonders on pipes.
     
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