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owen

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Last night I took an old dirty, and broken vulcanite stem and cut it into four pieces, then put these in jars containing:

Water

25% Bleach

50% Bleach

100% Bleach Soaked for four hours. Brown gunk leaked out into the bleach solutions and not the water. Roughly the same amount in each.



From right to left increasing strength.

They dried overnight and this morning left a white powder coating on the stems but not on the freshly cut edges. I gave them a quick going over with wet and dry then polished with Savinelli stem polish giving each a fairly even attention.

With the exception of the pure water which has polished up still green/brown the others have come up pretty much the same. That is almost black.
I did this to better understand the process ready for trying it on some of my nice pipes.

Owen

 

ejames

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I bleach heavily oxidized stems using a 50-50 ratio. After removing them from the bleach I wash them inside and out with warm water and soap then rinse well. Length of soak varies by the amount of oxidation.

 

fnord

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Owen:
I should probably follow Mister Ed's lead. He is, hand's down, one of the best damned pipe resto guys who actively participates on our little bitty footprint here at http://pipesmagazine.com/forums
I use a 75/25 bleach soak and whale the tar out of my green stems with an assortment of micromesh pads. Just keep washing & rinsing and you'll be fine.
Believe me, pal. If I can do it, anybody can.
Fnord

 

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