After about 45 minutes of pipe cleaners, Magic eraser the stem looks a little better, but I was expecting black. The smell seems to be gone, but it’s a little like the alcohol now. I think there’s still cleaning to do as I hope to have a pipe cleaner come out clean like cleaning a gun. Too much to expect?
As Parsimonious said, now comes the hand work. The bath brings the oxidation to the surface you have to polish the brown stuff off with micro mesh or magic erasers or toothpaste etc... then it shines and you can lightly apply mineral oil then rub/ buff in after 15 min or so.
I do nd some micro mesh from other projects and used it today. 3200-3600-4000-6000-80000. The stem is starting to look better. Not sure what to do about that little spot.
The stummel still smelled bad and I am afraid it will ghost when I smoke it. So another salt bath shouldn’t hurt.
In addition to the salt/alcohol bath, I strongly suggest filling the bowl and shank with damp coffee grounds and letting it sit for a day or so, until the grounds are dry. I've used this method a few times and it really sucks any lingering smells from inside the pipe. Assuming of course you've given the inside of the shank a good cleaning.
Well my restoration has turned out to be more of a deep cleaning so far. I guess to restore it I would need fix the nicks on the rim and repair that spot on the stem. It also still has a nasty smell after two cleanings. I’m not a coffee drinker so getting grounds will have to wait until I source some.
I the shine so far is just rubbing it with my hands. I guess it’s my natural oils.