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Cleaning a GBD Persplex stem

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Midnight Blues

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Has anyone had any experience and success with cleaning a Persplex stem on the inside? I'm considering a GBD Rock Root and the stem may need a going over.

Thanks, Dan
 

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Is Persplex a different material other than vulcanite, acrylic, lucite, etc.?
 

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A transparent, thermoplastic polymer—similar to Plexiglas—used in the production of scanner drums. Also known—primarily in England—as perspex
 

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I've heard that prolonged contact with alchohol will cause the interior surface of the stems airway to develop a crackled look to it. I believe it was Mike Hagley (?) who posted something somewhere about having success cleaning perspex stems.
 

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MB....Get some pure, unflavored Witch Hazel (not the kind with 14% alcohol). Cut it 50% with distilled H2O. Clean the Perspex. Then rinse it with distilled H2O. If you can't find the pure Witch Hazel; just use water on your pipe cleaners. But no alcohol. PD is correct; it'll make your clear stem look "cracked" and yellow after a while. Works for me (after I messed up a Perspex-stemmed GBD about 30 years ago!). FTRPLT
 

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Danny,
As you can see, I love these old GBD w/ perspex stems.I've used alcohol and shank cleaning brushes to clean mine and have had no noticeable problems.No matter what you use I'm pretty sure you'll never get all of the yellow stains out of the stems.I clean them as well as I can and just leave them alone.I've learned that too aggresive a cleaning job on anything usually backfires :lol:

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Dock
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I've gotten them quite clean using a bristle pipe cleaner on a cordless drill, and using rough tripoli. I put the cleaner into the drill chuck, then rotate it on the tripoli to pick some up on the cleaner, and run it through the stem at a fairly low speed. Works like a charm for me.
 

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So the opaque stems like are on the GBD's are perspex?

Learn something new everyday around this bunch!
 
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