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post #1 of 10 Old 07-25-2017, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the estate pipe's meerschaum lined bowl

I'm wondering if I should scrape off the thin black cake exposing the meerschaum underneath and sort of, re-season it? Or do I even need to mess with it? Thanks gents!
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Don't mess with it.. If it is less than a dime's thickness leave it..

Trust me..they break REALLY EASY

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Don't mess with it.. If it is less than a dime's thickness leave it..

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Thanks for the info. I'm gonna leave it. It does smell like it was used to smoke aromatics so I'll have to see what's good in that particular tobacco department.
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My experience with Meers is minimal, for what it's worth what I have done is to heat it up then wad up a piece of paper and corkscrew it into the chamber, go around a couple time and repeat till I get it where I want it, I don't like any cake in my meers.

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Hmmm, it couldn't hurt. Heat it up and give it a light scrubbing. Maybe use some everclear on a pipe cleaner. It's not an expensive pipe so I could play around......
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Hmmm, it couldn't hurt. Heat it up and give it a light scrubbing. Maybe use some everclear on a pipe cleaner. It's not an expensive pipe so I could play around......
No, you DON'T want to use alcohol in a meer! I have used hot water with no ill effects. I don't really recommend this but I have heard that If the cake is really hard sometimes a drop or two of mineral oil or olive oil will help soften it up, or maybe try to lightly sand it.

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If you want to remove cake, as said before, light sanding is the way to go. Get a wooden dowel, some med grit sand paper and go to town.

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I'll mess with it tonight and see what happens. The cake is really thin so I can try water first, and then try sanding, just to get some of the cake off......
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Before I had asked you guys, I took a pipe reamer to it and you can see the results.....

I cleaned it up, took most of the finish off, then used some Feibings tan mixed with a little red. When I gave the stem an oxy bath I didn't apply the Vaseline correctly and ended up washing off the stamp on the stem.

I sanded the inside of the bowl lightly and then used some hot water and a cloth.

Overall, it is what it is. I really like the shape. I like the color of the new finish. I can see more of the grain. But when I removed a lot of the old finish I exposed a lot of pits.

Plus the reaming of the bowl looks unsightly.....

Still learning! It's an estate Duke of Kent Algerian Briar that I think I paid......maybe under 30 bucks....


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That's how ya learn..it took me alot of pipes to figure it out. Hence the replacement parts and a part supplier in speed dial.

I've had really nice pipes in their last finish buff shoot outta my hands and into the concrete.. Now I have a layer of foam on the floor and wall behind it.

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