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mikethompson

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Well my other project ended well, so why not keep a good thing going? Here is the next one, an Irwin's 357 Prince shape.
The bowl seems to be in good shape, but the stem will need some new to me tricks.






 

alaskanpiper

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My Dad's old Grabow had the worst oxidation I've ever seen. A magic eraser with plain water worked wonders on it, but it took a while. Then used Decatur's "shine brite" on it, and it polished right up.
Outside of the rim soot that bowl looks great, a quick hand buff with carnauba wax may be all she needs. I did just that on a Barling I got recently and it went from looking slightly matte to brand new shiny with just a ten minute wax rest and cloth hand buffing.

 

mso489

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danimalia, I second the motion. That is an especially good prince shape, with the good big bowl but also a nice thin stem without it being stalky. No wonder it got such tough wear. I'd tend to grab that one off the rack.

 

alaskanpiper

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I love the prince shape. My sav spigot sterling 315KS pipes are probably my favorite in the rotation right now. This is an excellent shape as well, I love prince's that have that slight bend in the stem.

 

mikethompson

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There is a certain elegance to the shape, this is my first and only Prince. Its the perfect size as well. The walls aren't too thick, but not so thin as to punish my poor cadence either. If I don't manage to ruin it it will be a keeper for sure.

 

mikethompson

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Much of the rim carbon has come off, but it looks like a lot of the finish has come off in the initial clean. Its nothing a few coats of mineral oil can't cure I'm sure, but I'm still surprised. It almost looks stripped. Maybe I was too heavy with the toothbrush?

 

mikethompson

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When cleaning the carbon off the rim, its almost like you have to barely touch the micromesh to briar. A light touch is certainly key as I'm finding out.

 

mikethompson

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Don, right you are - let the tools do the work.
Here is how she sits right now. The carbon is coming off nicely. I don't know why these pictures are coming out upside down.



 

mikethompson

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There was a big hole in the bottom of the stem from a tooth, but I'm trying to fill it with POR-50 and then file it down. The top had teeth dents but much of them came out with a lighter and a push pin.

 

burleyboy

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Thank you for sharing!

I’ve already heard of using a lighter to get out dents from a mouthpiece. But how do you use the push pin in that process?

 

mau1

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Mike, I too always seem to have problems with the stain coming off, especially if the carbon is really baked on there. I uses a paper towel and saliva. It sure does take a long time.

 

mikethompson

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Don good advice as always! Yes very slow and careful seems to be the mantra of restoring estates.
I took a lighter and warmed the stem slightly (not in direct heat of course), and then put the pin in through the mouth opening. Then it's a matter of poking the dent up through the inside.

 

bnichols23

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very slow and careful seems to be the mantra
I just got this mental image of Mike sitting in his kayak on a pair of sawhorses & a magic eraser going rrround & rrrrrroundd & rrrrrrrrrrround slow as molasses in Duluth in Feb for 5-6 hours & then looking at it & saying, "That's good, got that spot. Now....."
:twisted:
Hey, it's me, Bill, y'know....

 

mikethompson

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Haha Bill! I'm also doing yoga and standing on one toe as well huh?
I started sanding down the POR 50 filling. I think its shaping up. I didn't take a before picture of the hole so you'll just have to trust me that something was there.