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Removing old finish from pipe

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by fallsguy, Feb 4, 2012.

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  1. fallsguy

    fallsguy Member

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    Some of my older pipes are starting to lose the finish on them. I'd like to just strip off the remaining finish, leaving the natural wood, and then polish them with wax. My question is what type of stripper should I use? I don't want to use just anything that might be too harsh on the pipe.
     
  2. ChrisAtRGI

    ChrisAtRGI Member

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    Although I have never stripped the stain off, I have used nail polish remover to get polyeurathane off that somebody put on a nording I got off ebay. It softened it up and I got the remainder off with steel wool. I imagine if I had been more aggressive the stain would have also come off.
     
  3. ChrisAtRGI

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    btw Nail polish remover = acetone
     
  4. IrishRover

    IrishRover Active Member

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    I know alcohol will remove some of the finish if you drip it on the pipe while cleaning. However; I don't know if it would be considered enough for a total pipe refurb.... one of the more experienced members might know...
     
  5. user2428

    user2428 Active Member

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    If its just carnauba, rubbing alcohol several times over should take it down.
     
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  6. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    Or elbow grease and fine 600 - 800 grit sandpaper
     
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