I have a no name briar pipe that I bought to be my first pipe. It was pretty cheap, it has a small bowl. I have smoked this pipe quite a few times, I noticed that the rim is starting to blister. I have read about finishes not allowing to breathe, also read that I can remove such a finish by using finger nail polish remover since it has acetone in it. I removed the finish, allowed it to dry. I sanded the pipe with 0000 steel wool till it was smooth as glass, I wiped the pipe down with a clean cloth to remove any dust and then applied a couple coats of mineral oil that I use on my cutting boards and wooden spoons. The no name pipe looks so much better now without the fake coloring of the old finish. I forgot to take some pictures before heading into work today. So once I get home up try to get some good pictures made and will post them. Gunslinger, By the way if up did something wrong as in if I now destroyed my pipe please tell me. I have done woodworking all my life but this is the first time I refinished a pipe.