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Super glue for stem

Discussion in 'Repair, Maintenance & Restoration' started by LBauer12, Jan 9, 2014.

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  1. LBauer12

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    I bought a pipe on ebay that has some chips/bites out of the stem that will need some some work. I read somewhere about using black super glue to do this. There are several online that I have found, and from Hobbylobby called e6000. If it works ok, it would be a lot cheaper. The only thing I was concerned about was the warning about toxicity, with the stem touching my mouth, breathing it....Does anyone have any experience with e6000?
     


  2. User3940

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    Holymolar should chime in here soon. He has successfully used SG for stem repair.
     
  3. holymolar

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    I've only used StewMac black superglue. It sells for $7.84 for 1 oz vs $3.99 for 2 oz of the Hobbylobby brand. But 1 oz is enough for dozens of repairs. Don't know about potential toxicity on stems but I certainly wouldn't put it inside a bowl to repair a crack or something, where it will get heated up and vaporize.
     
  4. LBauer12

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    I didn't pay much for the pipe I think I'll try this e6000 stuff and see how it works before I spend 10 or more to get it shipped. It's just going on the stem not the bowl at all. Btw the pipe I got I'd a "statesman" is that like a GBD second?
     
  5. LBauer12

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    Tried the e6000 on a marker cap, not gonna work. It sticks to it fine it's just that it's not hard; it dries rubbery and soft.
     
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    If they are really big holes or dings I use two part epoxy with ground up vulcanite in it. For smaller dings I use super glue with vulcanite. With the vulcanite shavings the repairs are almost unnoticeable.
     
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  7. LBauer12

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    The problem for me would be getting vulcanite dust since I don't have any throwaway stems. I'll just order that black superglue Holymar uses.
     
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    I want to learn how to do all this because I like the idea of buying pipes on eBay no one else wants, and making them like new.
     
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  9. KingsTarantula

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    I have repaired one stem with superglue on a grabow. It was a pin hole so small that I actually had to make the hole bigger to get the superglue in and not just on the surface. I got the super glue in, sanded the stem down through the different grades to micromesh, polished it and the pipe works and smokes like nothing was ever wrong. I do not taste anything differently from any other pipe I have smoked. But, this hole I repaired was not on the end where it could be chewed. The hole was in the middle of the stem on the under side. If you would like I can post some pictures of the final repair. Just let me know.
     
  10. LBauer12

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    That's ok you don't have to post pics I've seen some from other threads, thanks though.
     
  11. Riff Raff

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    I've used the Stew-Mac product on several stems, very successfully. I sometimes mix it with regular clear Super-Glue as the regular stuff seems to have a harder, more acrylic like finish. Older Comoys stems seem to restore shinier than other brands (this one dates from the post WWII to the early 50's)

    Here's one write up on a Comoys 498 Extrordinaire
    http://rebornpipes.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/comoys-498-extraordinaire-restoration/

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  12. LBauer12

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    It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't an extra $6 or $7 for shipping a 1 oz package. Someone was saying they dry out in the bottle, has anyone had that problem.
     
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    Yep, a bottle from Stew-Mac is around $15 shipped. But, it has an excellent lid and is a lot more viscous than regular Super-Glue so it looks like it will hold up for a long time.
     
  14. DogTalker

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    I have a bottle of stew Mac glue that's at least a year old. Ever now and then I have to poke the tip to clear itbut then works fine.
    I just fixed a bite through with tthis glue, no vulcanite dust used. Looks perfect. Just make sure you get the oxidation off first or it will leave a white ring around the repair. It seems the glue melts the area around the repair.
     
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  15. LBauer12

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    What's the best way to remove oxidation. I've heard good and bad about oxyclean. Is sanding with micromesh sufficient?
     
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    If you want some Vulcanite dust there is a way of sorts to get it, do you have any vulcanite stems were the airway (tenon) is simply drilled and left flat? I just yesterday grabbed a sharp little knife and chamfered/tapered 2 stems I had that were like this, burble issue is gone but I stupidly threw the shavings into the bin.....if only I'd thought to save them.

    I can't yet comment on the micromesh but with all the good reports on here I'm getting some before too long.
     
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  17. SidStavros

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    That's a serious point,who knows when it's mixed with our saliva?
     
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