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How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

This is a discussion on How to rewax a meerschaum pipe within the The Pipe Hobby How-To Discussion Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; I recieved a very helpful email from Mrs. Beth Sermet of SMS Pipes regarding how to wax a meerschaum pipe. ...

  
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    Young Puffer Fish


     

    How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    I recieved a very helpful email from Mrs. Beth Sermet of SMS Pipes regarding how to wax a meerschaum pipe.

    Prepararation: 100% beeswax cakes -- confectionery quality
    Old towel or cloth -- to prevent hot wax from
    dripping or spattering onto other surfaces
    Hair dryer -- mutiple temparature and fan settings
    Cotton swabs -- for brushing the melted beeswax
    Polishing cloth -- soft white terry cloth towel or
    white flannel


    STEP 1: Use a hair dryer set to hot temperature setting, but low air speed.
    Heat the beeswax cake to consistancy of lip balm.
    Hold the pipe by the stem. Smear onto the bowl directly from the beeswax
    cake like lipstick. Do not touch the bowl with your fingers during any of
    the steps..

    STEP 2: Continue to heat the a section of the surface of the bowl until the
    wax becomes liquid. Use the cotton swab like a brush to paint the area with
    a coating of wax. Push molten wax into crevices and hard to access areas.
    The swab may unravel as it absorbs excess wax. Coat the entire bowl surface
    evenly. CAUTION: Try to prevent wax from drippng into the tobacco hole since
    it will leave a bitter taste.

    STEP 3: Heat the bowl again to allow complete absorption of the wax. Set
    the pipe down on the towl to cool.

    STEP 4: After the bowl cools to room temperature. Buff the surface to a
    high gloss using a towel first then the flannel cloth for the final buffing.
    If the surface is tacky, too much wax is on the surface. Heat this area
    again and remove excess wax with a cotton swab and buff again.

    STEP 5: Repeat when the surface becomes soiled or dull. Excessive waxing
    may cause too much wax accumulation (tacky surface and dripping).

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    Young Puffer Fish


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    I rewaxed mine with Paragon wax and it worked really well and has a much higher melting point that beeswax. Great info though for doing it the traditional way.

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    Young Puffer Fish


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    thanks for the tip. im sure those steps could be used with any wax.

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    Young Fish jcats's Avatar


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    thank you for sharing

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes IrishCamel81's Avatar


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    And where would one, if one so desired, locate confectionery beeswax?

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader indigosmoke's Avatar


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by IrishCamel81 View Post
    And where would one, if one so desired, locate confectionery beeswax?
    These guys have it. You'd probably have to buy a 50 gallon drum of it though.

    Beeswax - Candelilla Wax - Caranuba - Paraffin - Microcrystalline

    “The value of tobacco is best understood when it is the last you possess and there is no chance of getting more.” - Bismarck

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    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    I only have 1 Meer... when would you need to rewax a Meer? I thought you just pretty much left them alone to color.
    We enjoy our liberty because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. - George Orwell

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes IrishCamel81's Avatar


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    I only have 1 Meer... when would you need to rewax a Meer? I thought you just pretty much left them alone to color.
    I handle mine quite a bit and I read that keeping the wax on helps with the coloring process.

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    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by IrishCamel81 View Post
    I handle mine quite a bit and I read that keeping the wax on helps with the coloring process.
    Ok, good to know, Thanks!
    We enjoy our liberty because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. - George Orwell

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    Newbie in the ocean pdmus's Avatar


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    This
    Last edited by pdmus; 01-16-2011 at 05:54 PM.

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    Newbie in the ocean pdmus's Avatar


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    I know this is a dumb question, but do you put the wax on the outside of the bowl, the inside of the bowl or both?

    THANKS !

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    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by pdmus View Post
    I know this is a dumb question, but do you put the wax on the outside of the bowl, the inside of the bowl or both?

    THANKS !
    No dumb questions. You gotta learn somehow.

    Outside only.
    But real men--real men prefer their women like pipes. They knock them gently and care for them always. No man shares his pipes!!!

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    Newbie in the ocean pdmus's Avatar


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    True, but the main thing is, do I put the beeswax on the outside of the bowl. the inside of the bowl or the entire thing?

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    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by ultramag View Post
    No dumb questions. You gotta learn somehow.

    Outside only.
    Still on the outside only.
    But real men--real men prefer their women like pipes. They knock them gently and care for them always. No man shares his pipes!!!

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    Huge Puffer Fish packed with spikes


     

    Re: How to rewax a meerschaum pipe

    Ultramag that made me laugh out loud literally!

    pdmus, not to be disrespectful because you just didn't see the extra line. But it was very amusing.

    Great thread here!
    It was.....well, let's just say it was.

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