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Cleaned my Pipes Last Night (Olive Oil)

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  • Started 1 year ago by smokeybear
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  1. smokeybear

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    Coated with Olive Oil





    Dry Time


    Micro Cloth Rub After 3hrs


    Still waiting on this guy in the mail


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    But The Clam After, Is What You Must Master, In Order For Life To Last.
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    these pipes will be sitting for a couple days cause all i can find to clean them with is rubbing alcohol, but dam did it clean good better then the gin i was using. my estates that i thought were clean, i can gag just thinking about it.

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    Interesting, I didn't know Life brand had an Olive Oil. When I've used olive oil I've used the Extra Virgin kind, but have since moved on to a buffer and carnauba. I may look for that olive oil today to keep on my bench. I use the 99% Ispropyl all the time...

    Matt.
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    I clean with rubbing alcohol all the time. I don't use olive oil, but I have heard that it's among the best for treating wood; and it resists becoming rancid because it has a lot of anti-oxidants.

    Here's a tip I learned when I was re-conditioning wood clarinets: vitamin-E gel caps are a powerful anti-oxidant, the oily contents of which you can mix with olive oil to extend it's resistance to going rancid. Mix it at the 2% level.

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    Good to know others use the Ispropyl, Ya i was using the extra virgin until my wife stated yelling at me saying back off get your own olive oil lol so i found this while i was buying the rubbing alcohol, cute little bottle to so i said sweet and got it. i want to get the carnuba wax too. also a little stem cleaner cause my Peterson has a little oxidation on it.

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    Wouldn't you smell the olive oil as the briar warmed up.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    @Philobeddoe

    I never have. The smoke Supercedes it.

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    You are talking about using rubbing alcohol inside the pipe to clean it, right? I got some on the stem once and it took the finish and polish right off. What would you recommend to get it back?

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    I stopped using olive oil years ago.

    I found that it can spoil (go bad). I happened to be in a very warm, humid climate at the time. It took me a while to get completely rid of that acrid, spoiled odor and I wasn't pleased nor was I willing to see if this would get worse and/or affect the taste of my pipes. I used high proof 91% isopropyl alcohol, a brush and old clean towels to do it.

    I went to butcher block oil for a while then went to mineral oil (still food grade, but cheaper). I don't use much (a drop on a pipe) and not very often, and never on my relatively small number of sealed finish pipes.

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    I have always used Everclear to clean my pipes and then a briar polish. I have found the Denicare briar polish works great on my sandblasted pipes and Paragon for my smooths. I honestly would never use any kind of oil for fear of it turning rancid. I know people use it with good results but I like the idea of using a product designed for briar pipes. A lot of research goes into these briar polishes so that is good enough for me.

    I would be interested to hear from a professional restorer what they use to shine up a pipe.

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    I'm still waiting to experience this "spoiled" ordor everyone keeps saying when using olive oil on pipes and stems. Havn't had it happen yet in my little 1 1/2 years of using it sparingly.

    How long after applying did you notice it spoiling?

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    I've never had a problem with using olive oil as a light polish. I often use a bit in the bowl and rim of new pipes as it helps prevent charring.

    Beware, though, it will usually darken very lightly stained pipes.

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    I wouldn't worry about it spoiling this stuff in particular was made to rub on sore skin so if its good enough for a babies arse it's good enough for my pipes. I don't use it on the inside of the bowl or the pipe for that matter I just put my finger atop the bottle flick it upside down quick and rub whatever is on my finger all over the outside of the pipe and stem. Then I let it set for a few hours and rub it off thoroughly with a micro fiber cloth.

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    @Chops - I heard leather dye works well to re-stain a pipe

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    I found that it can spoil (go bad).

    I honestly would never use any kind of oil for fear of it turning rancid. I know people use it with good results but I like the idea of using a product designed for briar pipes. A lot of research goes into these briar polishes so that is good enough for me. I would be interested to hear from a professional restorer what they use to shine up a pipe.

    This is why I never tried olive oil but I've heard that it is popular with a lot of people. I have to say that I've had excellent results with Halcyon II wax and Obsidian oil for the stems. More than impressed with those two products.

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    Yes, olive oil can spoil. All food (except honey) will spoil. I've never used it on my pipes, but a friend told me that his pipes rubbed with oil developed a nasty smell after about a month. These were pipes that were not handled after being wiped down and put up on a rack. Handling, I'm sure, will rub off the majority of the oil.

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    I use a dab of olive oil once in a while and then rub it in really well and then buff it off. You can't just plop it on there and leave it on! No wonder your pal's pipes got nasty.

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    I ONLY use rubbing alochol to clean my pipes, nothing else, except once in awhile I may run a cleaner dipped in Brandy tru a stem. On my pipes, that come as Natural, or ones' I have removed the finish on to make them have the Natural look, I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil in place of Wax. It is great stuff on an old and neglected Estate pipe, after cleaning. I put a coat on, let it sit for a few hours, rub it in well and apply another coat and let it sit for overnight. Then I rub it with a clean dry flannel and it is good to either smoke or sit in the rack. In 18 yrs, I have never had anything go Rancid. Just my experience I guess

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