Some Great Methods To Restore Vulcanite

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Some Great Methods To Restore Vulcanite

Post by Goose55 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:52 pm

This guy has some great tips for restoring badly oxidized vulcanite stems....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpV2l4FADuM
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Re: Some Great Methods To Restore Vulcanite

Post by Steve S » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:21 pm

Thanks for posting that! I was just given a bunch of old pipes in relatively good condition, and I'm eventually going to restore most of them, but I've been putting off doing the research on this kind of thing.

I do wonder if charcoal mixed with epoxy would work to rebuild stems and/or fill in gaps. Might have to do some experimentation of my own...

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Re: Some Great Methods To Restore Vulcanite

Post by Goose55 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:38 pm

Steve S wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:21 pm
Thanks for posting that! I was just given a bunch of old pipes in relatively good condition, and I'm eventually going to restore most of them, but I've been putting off doing the research on this kind of thing.

I do wonder if charcoal mixed with epoxy would work to rebuild stems and/or fill in gaps. Might have to do some experimentation of my own...
If a stem has that bad of wear I think a replacement at $30 is a better option
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Re: Some Great Methods To Restore Vulcanite

Post by ryland » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:46 pm

I'll watch the video in the bit, but I've had good luck with bar keepers friend. I also remember watching a video about how putting a small layer of carmex or chapstick after a smoke will help keep the stem in good shape. I've been doing this and have found it to be true.
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Re: Some Great Methods To Restore Vulcanite

Post by Goose55 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:40 am

ryland wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:46 pm
I'll watch the video in the bit, but I've had good luck with bar keepers friend. I also remember watching a video about how putting a small layer of carmex or chapstick after a smoke will help keep the stem in good shape. I've been doing this and have found it to be true.
Obsidian Oil works well to maintain gloss on vulcanite. Just a tiny drop on a toothpick does the trick
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Re: Some Great Methods To Restore Vulcanite

Post by Thoth » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:06 am

Interesting but to me a little counter-intuitive considering when dissolved in water Oxi-clean generates hydrogen peroxide (an oxidizing agent). Wonder if warm peroxide would work just as well or the additional detergents in oxi-clean work some mojo.

I've always wanted to experiment with Rit Color Remover (a strong reducing agent) to see if I can reverse the oxidation on the stems. Just never seem to have time to try. I always just used brass polish and a buffing wheel to clean old stems from estate pipes.
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