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Spilled Clean and Cure on pipe stem

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by user2453, Feb 14, 2012.

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  1. user2453

    user2453 Member

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    I did a cleaning on my pipe today and while I was running a bristle pipe cleaner dipped in clean and cure pipe sweetener through the stem, guess what it discolored it in spots. I didn't think clean and cure would do this but it did. Is there any way to fix my stem or find a new one? The pipe is the stanwell royal. It is on the underside of the stem so not too visible but quite a downer, that was a new pipe to me. I don't want this to happen every time I clean my pipes which I have started to do about every 10 or so bowls.

    Here was my method and it has been described here many times so I don't know how this happened. Dipped a bristle pipe cleaner in clean and cure and ran it through the stem. This was a bit tricky because the pipe cleaner was damp on one end and had to get through a bent stem. This is where the mess happened.
    Run a dry bristle PC through stem.
    Fold a bristle pipe cleaner dipped in clean and cure and swab out shank.
    Repeat with dry bristle PC
    Dip shank brush in Clean and Cure and brush out shank
    Repeat the process of wet bristle pipe cleaners followed by dry ones until they came out clean.
    Pipe is nice and clean now but I think I ruined the resale value of an excellent pipe:(
     
  2. dwaugh

    dwaugh Moderator Moderator

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    I'm sure your stem is fine. The cleaning fluid probably just removed some of the wax or oil that was present. Is the stem vulcanite? -David
     
  3. user2453

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    I dont know. But it is now a brown color instead of black
     
  4. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

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    A question - why are you cleaning your pipes so often? I'm not being a wise arse, I just think you may be over doing it. As to your question, I think David is correct (again - what a smarty pants), it's probably nothing that a buff and wax won't restore.
     
  5. user2453

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    I read about 10 bowls and it should be cleaned. Maybe I was misled. What kind of wax?
     
  6. Hawkwood

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    It must be vulcanite as I don't think lucite would discolour. Any of the commercial polishes should take care of it. Even just some spit on a soft cloth may help.
     
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