Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

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Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by Goose55 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:55 am

I recently won a Bonfiglioli Pipe on eBay and the seller did not disclose what I am hearing might be hot bubble marks in the Lucite stem. I've been thinking I should just return the pipe. Is there an easy fix for this, say like with a soft flame pipe lighter? Sanding, buffing, and polishing might not help because the bubbles may be deep.

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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by Goose55 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:53 pm

Would appreciate some help with this.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by hugodrax » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:56 pm

Goose55 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:53 pm
Would appreciate some help with this.
I'm not withholding information. I genuinely dont know, sir.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by Goose55 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:24 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:56 pm
Goose55 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:53 pm
Would appreciate some help with this.
I'm not withholding information. I genuinely dont know, sir.
Thanks. Waiting for someone who might know, before I return the pipe.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by Goose55 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:22 am

Would appreciate some insights. Any here experienced with Lucite stems?
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by sweetandsour » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:06 am

You sure they're not there on purpose? It looks pretty cool, actually. Unique. Probably not another pipe stem out there anywhere just like that one. You're a very lucky guy.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by Goose55 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:22 am

sweetandsour wrote:
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You sure they're not there on purpose? It looks pretty cool, actually. Unique. Probably not another pipe stem out there anywhere just like that one. You're a very lucky guy.
I don't think the bubbles are intentional.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by sweetandsour » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:24 am

Goose55 wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:22 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:06 am
You sure they're not there on purpose? It looks pretty cool, actually. Unique. Probably not another pipe stem out there anywhere just like that one. You're a very lucky guy.
I don't think the bubbles are intentional.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by durangopipe » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:55 am

That button looks like it has already been sanded down and buffed to deal with damage that’s not entirely eliminated. If you plan to work on that stem, I doubt you’ll be able to bring it back to the point where stem damage will not significantly decrease what you might get for it

Between the bubbles and the button, if you bought it to clean it up and sell it, and if you can return it, I’d return it.

I say “if you can return it,” because sellers often state something like, “the photos are part of the description, please look at them carefully before bidding,” and both issues are pretty clear in the photo.

Good luck, Goose.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by durangopipe » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:25 pm

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Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:55 am
That button looks like it has already been sanded down and buffed to deal with damage that’s not entirely eliminated. If you plan to work on that stem, I doubt you’ll be able to bring it back to the point where stem damage will not significantly decrease what you might get for it

Between the bubbles and the button, if you bought it to clean it up and sell it, and if you can return it, I’d return it.

I say “if you can return it,” because sellers often state something like, “the photos are part of the description, please look at them carefully before bidding,” and both issues are pretty clear in this photo.

Good luck, Goose.
Edit: I just found the listing and know of the guy who sold it to you. I have one of his pipes (made by him), but I’ve never bought a pipe from him. I read the description and saw the photos used. If you look very carefully, one photo reveals the stem problems. The others mostly show the stummel, not the stem.

If you look at photos of other Bongiglioli pipes, the buttons tend to be pretty thick.
The listing says, “Check out the photos for details that Accent the description.”

I think we’d all like an update when you hear back about whether he’ll allow you to return it.
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by GaryInVA » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:28 pm

I know some pipe repair guys will use super glue to fill imperfections like those, sand, then buff.

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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by durangopipe » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:59 pm

GaryInVA wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:28 pm
I know some pipe repair guys will use super glue to fill imperfections like those, sand, then buff.

https://rebornpipes.com
Those old 3-part “C” Comoy’s are worth whatever it takes to bring them back.
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Here’s another one, restored, with a BIG pipe by the guy Goose bought the Bonfiglioli from:

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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by Goose55 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:09 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:25 pm
I think we’d all like an update when you hear back about whether he’ll allow you to return it.
I packed the pipe and labeled the box. He offers postage paid returns, as do I.

Too bad. It was a very nice pipe
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Re: Can Hot Bubble Marks On a Lucite Stem Be Fixed?

Post by FredS » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:02 pm

Goose55 wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:09 pm
Too bad. It was a very nice pipe
If it were a very nice pipe you'd keep it.

I agree that you're not likely to get the bubbles/pits/whatever out. Someone has already tried. So returning it seems to be the wise thing to do.
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