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riff raff

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Location : Western Maryland
Registration date : 2011-05-24

PostSubject: GBD 9438 Prehistoric Restoration   Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:38 pm

I bought this GBD 9438 in Prehistoric last week, via Ebay. I thought this was going to be a simple buff and clean, but the pipe took a little more effort due to a self-inflicted issue.

I cleaned the bowl with my new retort, which worked well and really scoured the bowl. I cleaned the tars off the bowl rim which revealed a nicely polished rim edge that I love on Prehistoric grade GBD's. The rest of the bowl was buffed lightly with tripoli, white diamond and then several coats of carnuba wax.

While I worked in the bowl, the stem was soaked in a mild Oxy-clean solution (the brass GBD rondell was covered with some grease). I removed the outer layer of oxidation with 1500 and then 2000 grit paper. There were several light tooth indentions on the top of the stem and they popped out nicely with some heat. The nicks/cuts on the middle of the stem (handling?)took some effort with 800 grit paper. After the 2000 grit paper, I used 8000 and then 12000 grades of micromesh. The stem was then polished on the buffer with white diamond and then plastic polish.

When I went to photograph what I thought was the finished pipe, I was disappointed to see a crack on the underside of the stem, near and through the button. I'm not sure if the heat for the teeth marks or retort caused this issue but I'm 99% sure it wasn't there when I started. To fix that, I greased a cleaner, inserting into the stem. I then dribbled some superglue down into the crack. When it was dried, I sanded it smooth with 800 then 1500 and 2000 grade paper, then the micromesh and buffing wheel. The crack looks and feels solid now and I don't think it will cause me any issues.

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Crack Repair (with some hair/fuzz...):

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Kyle Weiss

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Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

PostSubject: Re: GBD 9438 Prehistoric Restoration   Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:40 pm

Great shape. I love that one.

Great job! Very Happy

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Age : 56
Location : Benton, Louisiana
Registration date : 2011-11-23

PostSubject: Re: GBD 9438 Prehistoric Restoration   Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:49 pm

Looks like two different pipes.

Great job!
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gravel

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Age : 44
Location : Oregon
Registration date : 2011-12-07

PostSubject: Re: GBD 9438 Prehistoric Restoration   Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:51 pm

Nice restoration as always! How would you compare the retort with the salt and everclear treatment?
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riff raff

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Location : Western Maryland
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PostSubject: Re: GBD 9438 Prehistoric Restoration   Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:20 pm

gravel wrote:
Nice restoration as always! How would you compare the retort with the salt and everclear treatment?
It seemed to scour out the pipe nicely, but now I'm not sure if it didn't cause the crack? I suspect it probably exposed it at the minimum? I'm not sure I'll use it again on older vulcanite stemmed pipes, that crack really bummed me out this morning and I had to just walk away for a few hours. The repair looks pretty good so that was fortunate.
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Location : DFW Metroplex, Texas
Registration date : 2012-01-15

PostSubject: Re: GBD 9438 Prehistoric Restoration   Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:19 pm

riff raff wrote:
gravel wrote:
Nice restoration as always! How would you compare the retort with the salt and everclear treatment?
It seemed to scour out the pipe nicely, but now I'm not sure if it didn't cause the crack? I suspect it probably exposed it at the minimum? I'm not sure I'll use it again on older vulcanite stemmed pipes, that crack really bummed me out this morning and I had to just walk away for a few hours. The repair looks pretty good so that was fortunate.

I would imagine that you will have no problems with that crack as you won'y get the stem as hot while smoking as you did while using the retort. At least for the sake of your tongue and mouth I hope not Razz BTW, NICE,NICE resto job! You do like that model of GBD Rhodesian for sure Razz
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PostSubject: Re: GBD 9438 Prehistoric Restoration   Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:56 pm

Thanks monbla!
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