I received this pipe in a large lot that I purchased online. It turned out really beautiful and I hope that it finds a loving home. Check out the before pictures!
So here is what I did to make it all pretty again!
I wet-sanded the stem with 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit. This process removes any grime and the oxidation off of the stem. Use an LED light and/or a magnifying glass to make sure you get rid of all of the brown (which is oxidation) on the stem. I then used steel wool to clean the metal tenon. The inside of the stem is cleaned with pipe cleaners and a high proof vodka.
Oh man! This bowl had some major cake. I started cleaning the cake off by scraping it with a specially designed knife I have. After that I used a pipe reamer to remove the rest of the cake and carbon build up. The bowl was then sanitized with q-tips and vodka. The shank was cleaned with q-tips and vodka. The metal fitting in the shank was cleaned with steel wool.
Here is the finished product!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the finish product!