Penetrating Oil Finishes?

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alexnc

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EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9) - Bob

Should I be using a penetrating oil finish after applying a color like Fiebings and before Tripoli buffing and waxing? I’ve never done it but had good results...
 
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BROBS

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I don’t.
I feel an oil soaked piece of briar is a wet piece of briar.
Pipes that are oil cured are not just slathered with oil.
 
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sasquatch

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Penetrating oils won't penetrate briar worth beans, mostly. The most ordinary process in staining would be something like stain it, sand it back, possibly stain again, then sand again and/or wipe with alcohol. Then most pipe makers treat the pipe with either a thinned out shellac mixture or a drying oil (tung oil for example) before polishing, so that the stain doesn't come off on the buffing wheels or the user's hands later on.
 
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sasquatch

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"OIl Curing" is a totally different process, and nothing at all to do with staining or polishing, and the stummels are soaked, sometimes heated, and then dried after.
 
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alexnc

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I thought not. I was reading something not entirely pipe focused reposted by rebornpipes
 

elessar

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After going after the stain on a pipe with a variety of solvents and even soaking in everclear, I don't think an oil is going to penetrate much. Even soaking in everclear had almost no effect. It certainly did not seem the briar absorbed any of the solvents. I plan on trying some Danish oil.
 

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