Rez'ing your thread, Kyle. I know its not about briars, but...
I bought a couple of Falcons on eBay for cheap to play with and make shiny.
Both bowls look like they could use a little reaming and some cleaning, but not in bad shape. The metal on one is yellowed, the other is just dull.
I was planning on doing a cottonball/Everclear treatment on them, then separating the bowls to clean further, using pipe cleaners and Everclear down the stem, and then polishing/buffing the outside of the metal stem. Toothpaste and then carnuba on the mouthpieces, and a buff on the outside of the bowls too.
Oh yes, I know the mouthpieces do not come off, and I will reattach the bowls carefully so not to cross the threads.
Having no experience with Falcons or any other metal pipes, I thought I'd ask here first, and make sure that all this checks out for Falcons. I did some searches, but I didn't find too much info on restoring them, more about maintaining them.
My two lingering questions are:
1. I read on one thread here about using a metal safe cleaner, chemprol. Does this mean a cottonball/Everclear treatment is not metal safe?
2. Is there something special I should use to buff/clean the outside of metal stem?
And anything else I don't know?