Pipe bowl losing its shine

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ahmadothman

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Apr 26, 2016
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Hi,
So I purchased a new Falcon pipe with a smooth Istanbul bowl, it smokes quite well and have been breaking in nicely, and creating a beautiful even cake.. I mainly use it for aromatics, because it can smoke for around 90 minutes.. However, I have noticed that the bowl exterior is darkening and losing its shine. I am not sure if that's a problem or not. But I'd like some guidelines on that.
Thanks,

 

mikestanley

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May 10, 2009
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It isn't a problem except for the fact that maybe you prefer your pipes shiny. There are various ways to restore that shine. "Nose oil" (yes, its the oil from your nose, and face) works. There are various other pipe polishes available at retail as well. Carnuba wax with a wheel is what I use but the first two options are less expensive.
Mike S.

 

ahmadothman

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Well, Thanks for the answer.. That's a relief :D .. I don't mind much about the shine, and actually prefer matte colours, I just thought I did something wrong while breaking it in. However, if hand oils are doing the trick.. I guess touching the bowl more while smoking can bring it back if I want.
Cheers,

Ahmad

 

bigpond

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Yep, this is totally normal. You can buff it gently with just about anything (paper towel, pipe sock, etc) to restore a little luster after smoking. Occasionally a bit of ash can dull the shine a bit too.

 

jefff

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I just dig in with a finger nail, smear it on the bowl and let it sit for 20 min.
It doesn't take much and it shines right up. After that all I need is a quick buff and the shine returns. It seems to last maybe 6 months?

 

ahmadothman

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Thanks all for the feedback..I will try to find that wax. However, In case I didn't, would Dettol wipes or baby wipes do the trick?

 

jpmcwjr

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Jefff

I just dig in with a finger nail, smear it [carnauba wax] on the bowl and let it sit for 20 min.
It doesn't take much and it shines right up. After that all I need is a quick buff and the shine returns. It seems to last maybe 6 months?
Hmmm. My chunk of wax is much to hard to do that. OTOH, Paragon wax will do just that. Are you sure it's pure carnauba?

 

phil67

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Personally, I wouldn't recommend purchasing a bar of pure carnauba wax as it's extremely hard and only meant to be used if you have a buffing wheel which will properly soften it up when applied to give the proper finish. Also, don't use any paste wax that has carauba wax as it contains solvents which will damage the finish on the pipe. Either use Paragon wax as suggested by jpmcwjr, or just simply don't be bothered by a dull patina finish.
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would Dettol wipes or baby wipes do the trick?
I have no idea what Dettol wipes are, but only use baby wipes if you somehow manage to get crap on the surface of the bowl. :wink:

 

jefff

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It's pure. It's not easy but I don't need much and the heat from my fingers warmed it up enough to spread.

 

mso489

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I'm a proponent of mostly just using a polishing cloth, either a jewelers cloth or a bandana. You can use a little wax, but that gets into residue or attracting dust. I don't want to burnish a pipe up to a new pipe shine every time. Some signs of use are good, to my perspective. It's the exertion of shining them up that keeps them looking good at their age.