Age : 57
Location : N.C. USA
Registration date : 2017-10-02
|Subject: Shiny Briar Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:47 am|| |
Hello. Can anyone with knowledge & experience recommend a wax, paste and/ or solution; along with a process for getting my smooth and rusticated pipes as shiny and as polished as possible? Thanks & Best, PiedPiper62
Age : 76
Location : Cape Town
Registration date : 2011-01-28
|Subject: Re: Shiny Briar Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:36 am|| |
Go to Pipe Techniques and you will find the info you need
Location : North Coast NY
Registration date : 2011-04-09
|Subject: Re: Shiny Briar Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:40 am|| |
As polished as possible? You're going to have to get a buffer and wax, learn the technique, and become adept at buffing--not as simple as it looks. Even experts sometimes round off edges, soften nomenclature, maybe even have the pipe snag and go flying across the room. I just use Paragon wax on the rare occasions when I think a pipe ought to look more shiny. It's applied with just a rag, and works quite well. Beware waxing sandblasts and rusticated pipes--the stuff goes down into the crevices and looks horrible.
I don't know what Ron Powell (Cartaphilus on this forum) uses, but his pipes are the most blindingly shiny I've ever seen. I suspect he just knows how to do it; no magic, no secret ingredient.
Age : 74
Location : DFW Metroplex, Texas
Registration date : 2012-01-15
Registration date : 2010-06-26
|Subject: Re: Shiny Briar Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:39 pm|| |
I don't use a buffer, but I could. I use this stuff, an old toothbrush or natural bristled brush in the case of rustication (two: one to get it in the tiny spots and another to get it out of the tiny spots), and a 100% cotton rag. A very little goes a very long way. I think I've done 50 pipes and have only used 1/3 of the tiny 2oz tub? I believe they also sell on eBay, but please don't hold me to that.
and they also sell another type of wax, though I have not used it:
Age : 70
Location : From the prarie of KS. to Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
Registration date : 2017-10-15
|Subject: Re: Shiny Briar Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:07 pm|| |
Well, I'll tell you what NOT to use...
Decatur Pipe Shield No Buff Wax
It doesn't really do anything. As a matter of fact, it has dulled some of my pipes' finishes.