- May 9, 2016
I'm attempting to clean up an oxidized stem on an estate pipe without tools. I've read through many opinions here and I'm trying to figure out where to go next. I find it interesting to do this manually and document the progress. The first thing I tried was placing the stem in water that had just come off the boil and then scrubbing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. After that I placed EVOO on the stem since that's what I have around the house. The stem looks MUCH improved however, it's not finished yet. What would you suggest as a next step? Mineral Oil? Obsidian? Brebbia Stem Polish? I did have some Oxi-Clean around the house but can't find it now.. I could purchase the micro mesh pads but I'm afraid of buffing it down too much on my first try and ruining the stem.