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 Post subject: Can this be fixed?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:40 pm 
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I got this pretty little Mansion House pipe in a bunch of estate pipes. I really like the shape and it is in good condition overall, but the stem is a mess at the button.

The pipe...

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The stem from the bottom... not so bad.

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But from the top, it isn't pretty. Can this be repaired? The stem has such a nice shape and marking, I want to save it if possible.

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 Post subject: Re: Can this be fixed?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:36 pm 
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G-Flex epoxy colored black with epoxy pigment. Clean & roughen the edges of the break, seal/protect the airway with a shaped sliver of Delrin, blob the epoxy on and let it cure 100%. Then shape and finish as if it's vulcanite.

https://www.amazon.com/655-8-Pre-Thicke ... rds=g-flex

https://www.amazon.com/System-Three-320 ... black&th=1

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 Post subject: Re: Can this be fixed?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:22 pm 
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Thank You! I will give this a go. I was pleasantly surprised by the look and feel of this pipe. I hope it smokes well when I get it finished.

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 Post subject: Re: Can this be fixed?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:32 pm 
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Thanks for the tips. I have made progress on this one.

I was doing fairly well with the shaping after the epoxy cured. The lips were roughly shaped and I was working on the stem. I even taped it to avoid scratching the part that I didn't work on. OOPS, I cut a groove next to the tape, with the jewelers' file. No more tape during that phase. I couldn't see what I was up to.
So, another layer of epoxy was added. Here, it is curing.

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That was yesterday. This morning the filler had cured enough to start filing again. I have it roughly shaped now and this is how it looks after a sanding with 400 grit to see the shape. The lips still need to be worked down to size and the airway polished. Then, on to reaming and cleaning the pipe.

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 Post subject: Re: Can this be fixed?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:43 pm 
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Outstanding! :D

To accelerate cure time, set the stem on one of those "back pain style" soft plug-in heating pads, and cover with a little box of aluminum foil to keep the heat in. The temp will stay good and warm (around 100 F) without cooking anything, and reduce G-Flex's cure time from several days to a few hours. Especially handy in the winter if you keep a cold house.

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 Post subject: Re: Can this be fixed?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:00 pm 
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Thanks again for the encouragement and advice.

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