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Bending and Teeth Mark Removal Of Lucite Stems

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  • Started 6 years ago by photoman13
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  1. photoman13

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    I just got an estate pipe with a lucite stem. I've restored a few pipes but never actually restored any lucite stems yet. The first problem with the stem is when you look straight down the stem it bends slightly to the left. It's something I could live with but would be nice to fix. The second problem is that there are light teeth marks on it as well. I'm not sure if you can fix this the same way you fix vulcanite with a little flame and rubbing it out. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

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    I kinda doubt that the tooth marks will lift by heating them,but it won't hurt to try. I work lucite just like I do vulcanite. Wet sand starting with 360-400 grit,work up to 800--1000 and then buff.

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    Yeah I was thinking micro mesh but was unsure if it would screw up the swirl colors in the stem.

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    Won't hurt it. The swirls go all the way through.

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    Thanks for the info ejames. That solves one of my problems.

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    I got the teeth marks out but still haven't figured out how to fix the slight bend to the left.

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    You'll have to heat the stem and bend it to where you want it. Heat gun works best but a good hot hair dryer will work also,just takes longer.Once you get it where you want it,dip it in some cold water to set it.

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    If lucite gets too hot it will bubble right?

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    Yes it will. You shouldn't have a problem with that unless you use a flame to heat the stem--some guys use a candle etc. You just need to heat it until it will flex.

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    Glad I saw this thread. Thanks for the advice ejames. Thank you too for asking photoman13.

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    Yeah thanks ejames. When I get back to town and have access to a hair dryer I will post how it goes.

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    I just bought a heat gun at home depot for 25 bucks

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    Be careful as lucite can go very droopy very quickly if you're gung ho with the heat.

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