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PostSubject: Re: Stem Polish   Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:57 am

Interesting dichotomy.

We poo-poo the shiny finish on a basket pipe and laud the satin glow of fine finishes. Then we get to the mortice/tenon break and all hell breaks loose.

I don't go for oxidation or mouth grunge but the rest I'm willing to call patina and part of the process. I had a buffer for other things and did it a few times but they aren't really new pipes. These days a micro-weave cleaning cloth handles all but getting a ebay pipe ready to smoke. For years, I've used Zwipes that I buy on Amazon for just about every cleaning job and that includes my pipes.
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PostSubject: Re: Stem Polish   Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:06 am

JKenP wrote:
Interesting dichotomy.

We poo-poo the shiny finish on a basket pipe and laud the satin glow of fine finishes. Then we get to the mortice/tenon break and all hell breaks loose.

I don't go for oxidation or mouth grunge but the rest I'm willing to call patina and part of the process. I had a buffer for other things and did it a few times but they aren't really new pipes. These days a micro-weave cleaning cloth handles all but getting a ebay pipe ready to smoke. For years, I've used Zwipes that I buy on Amazon for just about every cleaning job and that includes my pipes.
I'm just not happy if I can't count my nose hairs in the reflection of my stem sir.lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Stem Polish   Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:46 am

Cartaphilus wrote:
I'm just not happy if I can't count my nose hairs in the reflection of my stem sir.lol!
I have your perfect solution:

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PostSubject: Re: Stem Polish   Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:34 am

I use Soft Scrub with bleach and rub rub rubba dub dub by hand, then apply Olive Oil and let dry.
After smoking I use a microfiber cloth to clean the stem. 1 side is impregnated with Carnuaba wax, 1 side is not. Clean with the cloth first and then polish it up with the waxy side.
Stems stay pretty nice for a long time.

.................Never have used ChapStick or Bar Keepers Friend but I will now.cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Stem Polish   Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:00 am

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For me it's 600 wet sand a buffer and BLUE rogue. Won't get a better shine using anything else. One can make a bench buffer out of an old appliance motor, single or dual shaft. I have two in my shop and I don't know what I'd do without them........yeah I do, bust a hump to polish a dadburn stem and or stummel.
I get a lot of questions about my setup, so I did this write-up:
http://rebornpipes.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/my-buffing-motor-setup/

Before the wheel, I use 1500 & 2000 grade 3M auto paper, than the 8000 & 12000 grades of micromesh. I buy the 3" x 6" sheets (Rockler, $4/sheet). The micromesh sheets last forever.
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PostSubject: Re: Stem Polish   Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:18 am

That buffer is certainly serviceable. Well, a bit Rube Goldberg with the vice. Razz

If you can pick up a couple of bearing blocks and a piece of threaded rod and a pair of 3 step pulleys, that mounts nicely on heavy board and can be stood up in a corner or under a bench.

On one side I mounted a big, old Jacobs chuck and used it to quick change buffers. I got all of the above from a used equipment shop for a song. Keep an eye pealed and stop if you pass one. Lots of stuff in them you can use to cobble together goodies.

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PostSubject: Re: Stem Polish   Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:40 pm

I like to use 0000 steel wool , then breeba stem polish.
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