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Preventing tar buildup on briar rim

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WyoBob

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My new (used) GBD Rockroot has a "lined" rim that is pristine and I'd like to keep it that way. I have a bent Savinelli that was caked with tar (no rim char) when I got it and I cleaned it up as much as I dared. I'd like to prevent tar accumulation on the GBD rim.

I've been moistening (water) the rim and rubbing with a micro fiber towel so far at it seems to be working for the most part. I've also used a tooth brush a couple of times after moistening the rim. I don't want to take a chance on removing the stain (IOW, no wire brushes, no Everclear.)

Any tips on keeping the rim looking as nice as the rest of the pipe?

WyoBob

 

N3M0

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I find saliva to work better than water for cleaning it up. I do the same thing you do, except saliva with a micro fiber towel. As far as actually preventing it in the first place, I haven't got a clue :)
 

t-bear

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To prevent build-up you could coat the rim with grease or motor oil. Of course that might cause just a bit of rim char.......:doh:
I really don't know of any way to prevent a bit of build-up over time, but saliva and a soft cloth works to keep it under control for me.
 

Raffxr7

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Keep it waxed heavily, that's how to keep melted rubber from accumulating behind a tire on a drag car...
You're already doing what I would, though. :)
 

shadow

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Excellent tips from all the folks.
Preventing tar build up: Hmmm..... a bit difficult.... as soon as the bowl leans a bit forward smoke will "touch" the rim and it'll build up gradually if not kept at bay.
Best to just wipe it regularly.:bing:
 

WyoBob

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BTW.... Nice looking pipe.
And a great smoker! It took me 2 2/1 years of watching e-bay for this model pipe to come up for sale. I like it so much, I'm looking for it's twin just so I have a spare.

Using spit is disgusting! I thought water sounded so much better. Actually, I press the rim of the pipe to my tongue (after the bowl's done, of course, well, most of the time anyway:) ) and use a micro fiber towel on it. So far, it seems to be working.

Even if the rim gums up over a long time, it won't affect the great smoking quality of this pipe.

WyoBob
 

Stonewall

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Concentrate on your lighting. Capt. gave some excellent advice, pack your bowls below the level of the rim. Try to center your lighting and keep the flame moving. If you dwell on an area too long you're going to scorch the rim. Keep it cleaned up and polished in between smokes.
 

IrishRover

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Saliva is primarily what I use. Although when deep cleaning I run a damp towel with everclear around the rim.
After reading some of the suggestions, I wonder if chapstick/beeswax would work like a barrier, similar to the wax/drag car solution.
 

Raffxr7

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Beeswax will help, buffing wax thicker on the rim will help more. Chapstick won't last very long, arguably not long enough to prevent a buildup any better than saliva.
 
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