If I’m understanding correctly what is going on in the photo, the lighter lines are wax stuck in the cut crevices, not missing stain/finish; no dye needs to be introduced, just wax to be removed.I would re-stain it with a dark aniline dye. I'm not an expert though. Any reason that's a bad idea?
Actually...I had the same problem with a cheap rusticated no-name a while back. Whoever applied the finish went a little overboard with the carnauba wax, or whatever it was. The first time I smoked the pipe it got all sticky around the rim from the heat. I decided to remove the finish with sandpaper and smooth out the rustication. After sanding the rustication most of the way down, I gave up on trying to remove the wax from the pits because, A. it wasn't immediately obvious how to go about it; and B. I didn't care that much. I did re-stain it with a chestnut aniline and it looked fine. I mean the stain soaks into the briar and probably gets underneath the wax. The pits were shiny and a little darker than the surface.If I’m understanding correctly what is going on in the photo, the lighter lines are wax stuck in the cut crevices, not missing stain/finish; no dye needs to be introduced, just wax to be removed.
Always worked for me. Think I used a Zippo. Heat and wipe. Or brush. It's just f***ing wax.It seems to me there is too much overkill here. The problem is wax in the grooves ... just remove it with hot water and a toothbrush before trying harsh chemicals, sanding or re-dye. Start simple and work your way up the chain. It you don't want to use hot water try some steam from a tea pot to soften the wax and just wipe off. Or use a shoe brush and brush it off. Like a hedgehog for cleaning the bottom of boots.
A brush will only take a few seconds. I've done it before. Live and learn.
I've got that exact same pipe. It was left to me by my Uncle who used to sleep on the porch with his pipe in his clench. He would wear a hole in all of his stems with his eye teeth, so that he could better grip the pipe while sleeping. He would smoke a pipe till it was caked up and then throw it away, and the Starfire that I have was his last one before he passed. I keep it in a drawer along with some of my other treasured pipes.Thanks so much for all the advice! I decided to start with the easiest recommendations and move up the line in difficulty. The first thing I tried was simply brushing it with the soft toothbrush .. and it worked! Didn't require much elbow grease either! Have a look at the new, and shiny, Dr. Grabow:
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Leave what alone? The pipe with the stain-colored wax stuck in it or the cleaned up version? I much prefer the cleaned up one. The wax-encumbered one made me cringe. It was just not made to look like that. It just screamed MISTAKE to me!Are you crazy? That pipe looks amazing! Leave it alone.
If my wife saw me rubbing Renaissance into my palms she would immediately assume I am surfing porn.Congrats on the quick and easy fix! Here's a tip on how to avoid this in future when you want to renew the shine:
Do not use a cloth. Put a TINY amount of Renaissance (I use Halcyon) on the palm of your hand and spread it on both palms. Let it set up for 30 seconds to a minute then take the pipe and rub it in the palms of your hands. You won't get any residue in the recesses and you will get a much higher gloss than you get with a cloth. Works like a charm.
Leave what alone? The pipe with the stain-colored wax stuck in it or the cleaned up version? I much prefer the cleaned up one. The wax-encumbered one made me cringe. It was just not made to look like that. It just screamed MISTAKE to me!
Again, thanks for all the help you guys and gals!