G.e.r.r.y. 2009-01-18 22:01:46
Is there a best way to strip the finish on a rusticated pipe? I want to
refinish some that I have but i don’t know how to remove the old finish
in the crevices or on the ridges without permanent damage.
Robert 2009-01-18 22:06:36
Hmmmmm interesting question, the only thing I could possibly suggest is
to use either a hand wire brush (brass) or a wire drill (brass). I
would think for the best results would be a combination of both using
the wire drill to remove the main portions, and the wire brush for the
finer work and getting into the crevices. I would pay carefull
attention around the bowl rim however so that it doesn’t loose it’s
Brass is softer, but you may want to try using steel wire brushes
depending on how difficult it is to initially remove. Also, also tell
tale scratches left over from the brushes would disappear in a
rusticated finish with a new coat of stain and you can always use
carnuba for any rough areas.
Lastly, I highly recommend using a dremel with wire brush attachment.
In my opinion, It’s alot easier to use than a standard drill or buffing
wheels to maintain your pipes.
Hope this helps.
Mombu 2009-01-18 22:17:18
Just my $.02, I have used the wire brush for a long time to take stain of
pipes when finishing them. The wire brush will only take the varnish/lacquer
of a pipe and leave the color on. The result of that will be a blotchy mess
if you are restaining it a lighter color. If you want a really good way to
restain it then have it blasted. Now I know that you prolly don’t have a
blaster of your own so you will have to find one in your area. A good place
to start is a machine shop or blast cabinet sales store. I have used both
when visiting someone out of town who wanted a certain pipe refinished.
After taping off all the nomenclature that you wish to keep and the shank
end if it is a flush mount stem with a sturdy masking tape, and make sure
to use a CRISP and DEFINED edge, take it to the shop and ask them nicely
to blast with a #8 or so glass bead @ about #75 of PSI..
There are also people here who would do it for you if you ask I am sure.
Hope this helps,
Jack howell 2009-01-18 22:17:27
On 3/22/06 9:54 PM, in article
Sandblasting. You may not be able to do it yourself, but I’ve done this to
a couple of pipes when the color didn’t come out the way I wanted the first
time. Works great. May change the character of the rustication, depending
on how fine or coarse the rustication is, but it will get into crevices that
a wire brush won’t. And it may improve the rustication — I’ve used
blasting after rustication for this purpose, too.
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Larry lamere 2009-01-18 22:19:07
Good question, I’ll be interedted in seeing what answers come up.
I’ve only done two, a Scandia that I used a steel brush on ( small circular motions) which didn’t
work well. It didn’t get the laquer out of the bottom of the depressions.
The other was a Grabow fine line that I just sanded smooth. That worked fine but it’s not a
rusticated any more.
If you try something that works, might be a good idea th post it.
Generic english in a Grabow Free Hand.