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A Gifted Scantic - Clean Up [Pic Heavy]

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  1. d4k23

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    I was gifted a pipe from a good forum member Mike Thompson, a Scantic estate made in Denmark. Had some oxidation and a lot of chatter on the stem. I am by no means an expert on refurb, but here is my attempt. Used Oxy-clean on the stem and then 9 rounds of micromesh to brighten it up and take the chatter down. Some vigorous hand polish on the bowl (I bought a drill buffer but haven't tried it on any of my pipes yet).

    Would be up for suggestions on how to make the stem a little less chatter (maybe like new?).

    And for the polish and clean up!

    And if anyone was still curious, there were 227 pipe cleaners

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  2. cortezattic

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    Thanks for all the pix! That was a nice clean- up job.

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    Would be up for suggestions on how to make the stem a little less chatter (maybe like new?).

    A heat gun is your friend there. Looks great!

    https://youtu.be/-82QQeE2rtY

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  4. donjgiles

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    For the stem chatter, I would lightly sand with either a 440 grit sanding pad or medium fine grit sand paper.
    I like sanding pads as they have a little give from the foam interior.
    You will then need to run through the progression of Micromesh pads again.

    Don

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Thumb buffing a little plain white toothpaste on that stem will bring the shine up too.

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    If you just sand, you'll remove a lot of material. The heat gun sounds like a good first step, followed by sanding.

    BTW, the contrast between two of the photos showing the stem, one clearly showing a lot of chatter, the other concealing it. You don't need PS, just clever lighting and shooting angles. (Not suggesting for a second that OP is up to that at all; just a fine illustration of what could be done- and is by a certain pipe shiner known to many)

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  7. scloyd

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    Nice clean up and nice pipe. I'm going to try the heat gun trick myself.

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  8. d4k23

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    BTW, the contrast between two of the photos showing the stem, one clearly showing a lot of chatter, the other concealing it. You don't need PS, just clever lighting and shooting angles

    Caught me jpmcwjr! I was trying to make the polishing look better, and the chatter look less, but here is the up close after the polish. Still much nicer to me than the before!

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    And thanks Embers for the heat gun video. At the end they suggest even a votive candle will work, which I have. I think it is definitely worth a try to get it smoothed out. And also didn't know about toothpaste trick. Will have to order some and try that as well.

    And Don, I thought about coarser sand paper, but don't want to lose too much stem material.

    Give me some time and I'll see if I can get this smoothed out a little more in the days to come. I have a little work to do right now but will be giving this pipe its 'first to me' smoke a little later today. Thanks guys for the input!

    And thanks again Mike!! Very much appreciated!

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    And Don, I thought about coarser sand paper, but don't want to lose too much stem material.

    I agree, sanding is always my last ditch effort. I always try the least aggressive approach possible. Heat works, just make sure you keep the stem moving and have a cool damp paper towel to wipe the stem on after each pass.

    Looking forward to your progress!

    Don

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    I'm glad the pipe finally made its way down to you! It looks great so far. I will have to look into the flame/heat trick for some of my stems as well.

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  11. d4k23

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    Alright gents, I ignored my wife and ignored my kids yesterday, and took a flame to the stem on this Scantic. Wow!! Heat, micro-mesh pads, toothpaste, then pipe cloth. I need new micromesh pads, but made it work.

    Going to post another thread about a different stem I did first, but this is a revelation. A bit labor intensive, but worth the outcome. She looks mostly new and smoked like a charm! Thanks for the input guys!!

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    Great job!
    Beware, restoring estate pipes can become addicting. ☺

    Don

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    I barely recognize it! Nice work.

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    After the time I put into this one and the Mountbatten, I went on Amazon and picked up a heat gun for 30 bucks. May make life a little easier!

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    A heat gun is your friend there. Looks great!

    https://youtu.be/-82QQeE2rtY

    Wow!

    Incidently, that Peterson Sports is gorgeous!

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    Great great job!

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    With the toothpaste I thumb buff until it's gone. After one or two applications like that, you can turn a dull stem into a black mirror. I haven't even used sandpaper, micromesh, or Magic Erasers on my past couple of restorations, but that's another story.

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    A bit labor intensive, but worth the outcome. She looks mostly new and smoked like a charm! Thanks for the input guys!!

    You've done an amazing job there. Like you say, as new!

    May I perform a quick hijack and ask if these chatter-removal methods will work on any stem, regardless of material?

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    According to the video above, this works for all stems. I have a heat gun on the way and will try it out on the ones that need it.

    Duane, how much toothpaste do you use? I used quite a bit and had to run it through the faucet to clean it off. Maybe just a pea size next time?

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    Like this. Only enough to cover the stem in a thin film. I then buff the stem with the side of my thumb until gone with no water required. I have an estate GBD coming in this week. May do a video of the restoration.

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    Please do and post it! I saw another thread where you cleaned a stem with a magic eraser, bar keep cleaner, and toothpaste. If I can clean stems without micromesh, that would be awesome!

    And I used way too much toothpaste, haha.

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  22. chasingembers

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    And I used way too much toothpaste, haha.

    I did the first few times too.

    There's a way to remove oxidation with just a lighter and a wet paper towel too. I've used that one on my past two or three cleanups. May do the GBD that way.

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  23. judcasper

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    I'm dying to pick up a cheap estate pipe somewhere, just so I can try my hand at restoration. I'm not suggesting it's easy, but I must admit I'd envisioned spending as much on specialist cleaning equipment and tools as I would on the pipe itself. I had no idea many of the most effective methods employed everyday household goods.

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