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    bowenz123

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    Just got an unsmoked estate pipe with really good condition on the bowl. The only downside is that the stem has some oxidation from storage.

    So I looked into some tips and tricks on how to clean stems, and most people just drop it into bleach or an oxi-clean mix. However, I am concerned that doing so will someone damage the tenon. One person said to suspend it with a pipe cleaner so you leave the tenon out of the solution .... just wondering if anyone has done this before and does submerging the tenon into the solution perfectly fine or is it an oversight?

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    Coat the tenon with Vaseline.

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    Thanks I will give that a shot. Any preference for the solution? aka bleach, bleach & water, oxiclean mix .... ?

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    I personally use 150 proof grain alcohol and I always put the whole thing under, even the tenon. I wasn't aware this could damage it, and in my case, it never has. That doesn't mean it won't, though haha...but I do it on all my pipes to clean and start the removal of oxidation. Then it's just incessant wet sanding starting at 600 (some people start with a coarser grit) and going all the way through a nine-piece set of micro mesh sanding pads. Then to the buffing wheel. This is just my personal preference.

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    I never had any problems with the tenon but if you are concerned then do like @embers said and coat it with Vaseline, I use oxyclean and works wonders, a good rubdown with mineral oil and a cotton rag to restore to a dark black the buff/polish with carnuba wax

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    Secret tip: Oil of oregano instantly removes oxidation. Just a drop, takes a long time to dry and get rid of the intense scent/taste of the pungent oil. For lesser cases, tea tree oil

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    I use oxyclean mixed with some hot water. depending on how bad the stem is I'll leave it there for an hour or longer but it loosens the residue inside the stem as well. Wet sand with 800 or 1000 then polish.

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    Bowenz123:

    I'm a Clorox and water, dump and leave overnight guy. And I was taught to do it that way by a much admired member here who's reclaimed a few thousand old soldiers.

    Afterwards, a lot of hot water and soap and then Micro-mesh to hell and gone. Bob's your uncle.

    I know, kinda' old school. But my Depression era mom tried to treat most childhood ailments with oral doses of kerosene and turpentine while my dad kept saying, "Antibiotics?"

    Go figure.

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    Warm water and baking soda is my way to go ... never failed me. Just dip submerge it in warm water, maybe 300 ml water and one spoon of baking soda. Let it sit for about an hour, then use the coarse side of a dish washing sponge to remove all oxidation that is left over. For shine, I use a cotton swab with extra virgin olive oil . 9 out of 10 times it will make the stem like new.

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    I just use Barkeeper's Friend and elbow grease.

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    I was recently gifted with a freehand pipe with a P-Lip stem that oxidized after polishing and then only one smoke. Rather than contend with that, I sent it off and had an acrylic stem with a fishtail bit made for it. It's much more fun to smoke this way. I've remedied oxidation on several pipes, but this was just too rapid.

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    Barkeepers friend, water, elbow grease. Extreme areas my require sandpaper... I start with 2000 and finish with 6000.

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    Is this Barkeeper friend somekind of liquide solution dedicated for kitchen tools and plate cleaning?

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    It's a powdered mild abrasive.

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    seems like no matter what I try, elbow grease ends up being used the most.

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    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, followed by Flitz polish, and finally, Obsidian oil.

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    Recent accidental discovery:
    Mr Clean Magic Eraser (or generic equivalent) has 2 levels of abrasiveness.

    Dry sanding is more aggressive, especially when the stem has been pretreated in an OxyClean soak (1/2 scoop/pint water). Recommend doing this outside while wearing a dust mask as it creates very fine air-borne dust.

    Wet sanding is finer, less aggressive, & dust-free.

    paulie:
    Barkeepers Friend is also available as a liquid (abrasive suspension) which is better for fine polishing & less effective than the powder at removing oxidation (it works best on ceramics, stainless steel, & glass [glass cooktops, wood fireplace/stove glass doors])

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    Cossack:Spassibo for instruction
    First time used in my life these earsers/Magic sponges(not on pipe stema though)and I was surpriced how effective they are,,

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    I like Magic Erasers. They work great on light oxidation.

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    Stickframer; I did preview this, today had hell of a time sanding the (Sic!) brand new Peterson stem back to it original lustre even the magic earsers did not help, was really pissed with these petersons and new factory warranty does not cover stem replacements even on new ones, but seems its all over now, always learning something,

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