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idbowman

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PostSubject: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:02 pm

Looking through some old threads and some other online resources, it seems that using Magic Eraser on stems is a quick and easy way to get rid of unsightly oxidation. Conveniently enough, we also happened to have some on hand. So I used ME to clean up my pipe stems, then dried/buffed with a soft cloth.

Success! Oxi is gone, stems are all still in one piece, etc.


So, my question is, is it safe to smoke right away? Obviously we're dealing with a chemical cleaner. Is there another step I need to remove any chemical residue, or am I good to go after a good drying/buffing/air drying?
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:18 pm

I believe Magic Eraser is a foam variant of the esteemed "Oxy" type cleaners, sodium percarbonate/hydrogen peroxide.

Sodium bicarbonate is very similar, and is baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used as mouthwash in small amounts.

Both are not toxic in residue, but a water-dampened towel should remove any traces of the Magic Eraser if you're concerned.

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:22 pm

Kyle, you're brilliant. I thought that magic eraser was just a grippy kind of foam. I learn something new every day!
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:30 pm

Or I just make stuff up that sounds really, really good. Laughing

Doing some research I was partially correct. While some of these magic foamy doodads employ the mighty stain-fighting power of "Oxy-whatever," the actual material is melamine foam.

Melamine is also the awesome coating on cheap particle board bookshelves. It has water resistance, stain resistance, and allows you to have chic black or white furniture at a low, low price. Thanks melamine! Your plastic goodness knows no bounds.

Little did folks know its superpowers could be foamitized and used as a light abrasive, too.

Rumors apparently surfaced about it having formaldehyde ingredients, but these were debunked some time ago.

Needless to say, as far as I'm concerned, still safe, still effective. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:15 pm

Simple Man wrote:
If you ever need to know information on a chemical, google the name and msds sheet (material safety data sheet)... here is the msds for Magic Eraser. http://www.pgpro.com/Portals/0/images/msds/Mr_Clean_Magic_Eraser_Orig_0707_MSDS_eng.pdf

Good ole MSDS! cheers

PS, I should have read those sheets before I ate my magic eraser. Dang.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:19 pm

Thanks for the info, all....consider my mind at ease!
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:22 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:31 pm

Well I still learned something!
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:50 pm

Yes, Magic Erasers work great on pipe stems. I read this a couple of years ago and had to try it. Turns out they work great! I cut mine in half and can clean several stems with each half so the 2-pack actually goes pretty far.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:15 pm

Tried the Magic eraser out and it does a pretty good job, yet the oxidation came back on a couple stems. Perhaps I didn't scrub long enough, maybe the oxidation went deeper than was evident, or something.

A little while ago I got in some Brebbia pipe and mouthpiece polish, but have yet to use it. And just after that I read the thread about the walkerbriarworks stem cleaning product that sounds like it has the potential to be the final word.

Need to do that next. I've got some Petes with heavily oxidized stems.


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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:28 pm

Simple Man wrote:
I can attest to the fact that the Walker's stem polish system works great... I was amazed at results.

Ya, just gotta get offen my arse and get some in. Sometimes I'm a La-Z bugger.....


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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:57 pm

idbowman wrote:
Thanks for the info, all....consider my mind at ease!

ME tastes a lot better with syrup on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:24 pm

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I can attest to the fact that the Walker's stem polish system works great... I was amazed at results.

I bought some a while back ago and was very disappointed and told them so, he got a bit agitated and refunded my money. It seems to be mainly just plain ole rubbing compound. I can sand and polish on my buffer a totally oxidized stem in half the time it takes to use there so called stem polish. It may be just fine for minor oxidation but when you can polish it quicker why even bother with it?
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:58 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:09 pm

Yes, not everyone has or has a place for a buffer and I reckon that's whom they took into consideration when they developed the stuff.
I just wet sand them with 400-600 grit and then finsih off with 1000 and then put them on the buffer and bingo, new and sparkling again.
Just too much elbow grease involved in the other method and about five minutes of that and, I'm needing a complete lube job.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:23 pm

Simple Man wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
Yes, not everyone has or has a place for a buffer and I reckon that's whom they took into consideration when they developed the stuff.
I just wet sand them with 400-600 grit and then finsih off with 1000 and then put them on the buffer and bingo, new and sparkling again.
Just too much elbow grease involved in the other method and about five minutes of that and, I'm needing a complete lube job.

Do you seal them with wax after you finish buffing them?

Once I've treated an oxidized stem, I carnauba wax them, and depending if I'm headed out in the sun, give them some SPF 15 lip balm, a light coating. Use an unscented variant. Keeps the green meanies from comin' back so quickly, as the direct sunlight seems to speed up the process. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:55 am

Simple Man wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
Yes, not everyone has or has a place for a buffer and I reckon that's whom they took into consideration when they developed the stuff.
I just wet sand them with 400-600 grit and then finsih off with 1000 and then put them on the buffer and bingo, new and sparkling again.
Just too much elbow grease involved in the other method and about five minutes of that and, I'm needing a complete lube job.

Do you seal them with wax after you finish buffing them?
Yes, I have another buffer just for Carnauba wax and then I put a coat of Paragon wax on them just because I'm anal that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:11 am

Wow. Those things really are magic. They made my smooth satin finish disappear on my favorite stanwell. scratch Don't ask. Lets just say the stem cleaned up so good that I took it to the bowl and *voila* no more finish. Any you magicians out there wanna share some tips on making the finish reappear? It's pretty much down to bare dry briar with the exception of a few shank spots.

Thanks in advance!
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:56 am

RPMs. Too many.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:20 pm

edwardbopp wrote:
Wow. Those things really are magic. They made my smooth satin finish disappear on my favorite stanwell. scratch Don't ask. Lets just say the stem cleaned up so good that I took it to the bowl and *voila* no more finish. Any you magicians out there wanna share some tips on making the finish reappear? It's pretty much down to bare dry briar with the exception of a few shank spots.

Thanks in advance!
Take the rest of the finish off, then get something like "Halcyon" or "Paragon" (do a search on this site) and shine it back up. Halcyon or its brother product requires no machinery to get a good shine..
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:58 pm

KevinM wrote:
RPMs. Too many.

None involved. RPMs.

I was just using the magic eraser with a little water and a light touch.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Eraser   Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:07 pm

bosun1 wrote:
edwardbopp wrote:
Wow. Those things really are magic. They made my smooth satin finish disappear on my favorite stanwell. scratch Don't ask. Lets just say the stem cleaned up so good that I took it to the bowl and *voila* no more finish. Any you magicians out there wanna share some tips on making the finish reappear? It's pretty much down to bare dry briar with the exception of a few shank spots.

Thanks in advance!
Take the rest of the finish off, then get something like "Halcyon" or "Paragon" (do a search on this site) and shine it back up. Halcyon or its brother product requires no machinery to get a good shine..

Many thanks Bosun1!
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