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refurbishing estate merschaum

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by haikucub, Mar 25, 2013.

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  1. haikucub

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    i'm looking for some help refurbishing an estate barling bulldog meerschaum that i recently acquired. the pipe is in outstanding condition except that it smells like it's been stored in a dungeon for the past forty years. it literally has that dank basement/musty antique shop smell. it's not faint, though. in fact, it's begun to make my entire study smell like a basement.

    i've been smoking it as regularly as possible, with latakia as much as possible, and that has managed to take the edge off the smell it initially had (the first few bowls full were nasty, to say the least). i've managed to get it to the point where there's no mustiness while it's being smoked, but i feel like its non-smoking scent hasn't improved in a few weeks.

    i'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, or has some advice on how to get rid of the smell, apart from just continuing to smoke it.

    thanks in advance.
     


  2. Thuber88

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    Off the top, dmkerr would be who I would ask first. but just a thought
     
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  3. haikucub

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    thanks for the tip - just sent the query that way.
     
  4. afiaowo

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    holy what! aflaowo, do you know if this is legit? sounds promising.
     
  6. Thuber88

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    Walker has been around a long time, and they do good work from what I have read and been told
     
  7. derrickyoung

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    That Ozone process works. We have used it on Hockey Equipment for years now and I have heard many positive reviews regarding pipes as well
     
  8. afiaowo

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    Walker Pipe Repair has been used by several people on the forum. He is most certainly legitimate.
     
  9. haikucub

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    awesome! thanks for the help. i got a good deal on this pipe and have been very happy with it, apart from the funk. without that drawback, it could move into the top spot in my collection.
     
  10. afiaowo

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    You're welcome.

    Welcome to the forum by the way! :)
     
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  11. haikucub

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    thanks! it's been a pleasure being on - lots of helpful advice, and fun to see what others are smoking or tracking down.
     
  12. haikucub

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    here's a look at the bully in question. really love this pipe.[​IMG]
     
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  13. 1858remington

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    How do you clean dirt off a meer? I have one that is just dirty, old dust and grime. I want to remove the dirt but keep the coloring and shine.

    I know your supposed to wax meer's, is there a proper way to apply the wax? and what type of wax should I use? I'm just guessing that Turtle Wax is not the way to go.
     
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  14. t-bear

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    You can clean the dirt and grime by mixing up a few drops of dish detergent in a bowl, and use a SOFT toothbrush to gently scrub the exterior. Let it dry for a good 24 hrs somewhere warm....not direct heat. After that, do a search for meer waxing on here...there have been a few threads over the last year or so.....
    Good luck!
     
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