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Discussion in 'Repair, Maintenance & Restoration' started by BullsheadSmoke, Dec 11, 2013.

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  1. BullsheadSmoke

    BullsheadSmoke Member

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    This may be a stupid question, but is there a special wax that is used on pipes or is it just the normal wax you would get at a DIY store?
     


  2. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    Not a stupid question. We have all asked it at one point or another.

    Carnuba Wax in solid bar or puck form, applied with a sewn muslin buff, either mounted on a variable speed motor or a drill.

    Get the buff up to speed (medium-high), gently apply the bar/puck to the wheel, and the friction of the buff will pick up the wax. A little goes a long way. You won't really see it on the buff but you'll smell it. Then holding the pipe in your hands, pass it along the wheel lightly and slowly. Hold firmly! It goes on readily but you can build up too much. Then use a flannel buff to remove excess and smooth it all out.
     
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  3. User3940

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    In keeping with ArmedOctopus and his observation on how threads go........................Damn it, I though this was going to be about bikini waxes. :moon:
     
  4. ArmedOctopus

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    Sadly, you beat me to it.
     
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  5. SmokeyJoe

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    I really want to stay on topic because I have info to impart but, aaagghhh…..
     
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  6. mitchell

    mitchell Active Member

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    What would you all suggest for hand applied wax?
     
  7. User3940

    User3940 Active Member

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    Here goes this thread.........................................................................Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
     
  8. User3940

    User3940 Active Member

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    Halcyon II works good for me.
     
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  9. mitchell

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    Thanks coastie.
     
  10. Bobby Stubbs

    Bobby Stubbs Member

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    I get good results with Neutral shoe polish and an old T shirt
     
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  11. Benton629

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    Bobby,
    By Neutral shoe polish do you mean color or is that a brand?
    I don't have a buffing wheel and need good wax that can be hand buffed.
     
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  12. SidStavros

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    I have done it in the past as an experiment. Shoe polish smells different than a Wax,i don't think that it' s good for the Briar to absorb the first.
     
  13. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    Paragon is also good for sm00th pipes.
     
  14. rigormootis

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    I've used "Real Milk Paint" Clear Caranuba (floor) wax for hand buffing & for my rusticated pipes.
    http://www.realmilkpaint.com/carnauba.html

    For my smooth pipes and stems, I use hard caranuba on a buffing wheel, followed by a wipe down with the mostly dry cloth I use for "floor waxing" my briars. I've used a spray "Briar pipe wipe" in the past, but I seemed to be repackaged Pledge-type furniture spray. The shine burned off with a little heat and it smelled strong.
     
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  15. SidStavros

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    Surface should be sealed with Pure Tung Oil or other suitable finish

    Do we want our Briar "pores" sealed?
     
  16. rigormootis

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    No -- not for briar pipes. That's more for floors, furniture pieces, gunstocks, etc....at least I sure don't add anything on the top when I use it on my pipes.
     
  17. Riff Raff

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    I agree.
     
  18. gd9704

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    I've used plain old Johnson's paste wax with decent results.
     
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  19. Bobby Stubbs

    Bobby Stubbs Member

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    Color..The can says Carnuba wax
    I use it on my smooth pipes
     
  20. SidStavros

    SidStavros Member

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    Let's don't forget it.
     
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