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ftrplt

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PostSubject: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:28 pm

Need a little help/advice from my friends on cleaning these things. I have two that I'm having a "fit" trying to clean out all the nic stain. I've tried thick bristle pipe cleaners, baking soda, Evercleer, dish washing soap, etc. Vinegar is next on the list. Is there something I dare soak them in that will loosen the stain? Any thoughts greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you in advance for your responses/s. cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:55 pm

I had issues cleaning white bits/stems in the past and came across the best to date.


Efferdent. Or any whitening false teeth bubble tablets. Doesn't hurt any polymer, ivory, etc. Toss in a tablet in a glass of warm water, set the stem in and walk away. About an hour or so later the job should be done!
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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:36 pm

I've used bleach with good results. I just dip a cleaner in bleach and shove it down the shoot and let it set for a day.
Gets a lot if not all it out. YMMV Wink
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ftrplt

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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:29 pm

You two are geniuses Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Efferdent or bleach!!! Brilliant Smile cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:45 pm

Acetone is also an option, but you have to be careful. Acetone will actually soften and "melt" the plastic on the inside of the draft hole taking all the old crud with it. It should be used sparingly as it can cause damage. Try not to get it on the outside of the stem. I use it for really bad perspex stems.
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ftrplt

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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:18 pm

Acetone!!!! Whew, if it'll take of nail polish, it should clean a stem!!! Your words of caution will be taken to heart!! Thank you Smile cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:34 pm

I've had excellent results in the past using just bleach, never failed for me!! Let's us know what you decided to use and the results.
GOOD LUCK.



KEEP ON PUFFING!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:55 pm

I've a couple pipes with Perspex stems, and this info is well appreciated. Thanks all, and I'll try the least invasive method first using the efferdent.

What a great resource BoB is!

Cool


Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:52 pm

Old saying..."you're supposed to learn something new every day." I most certainly have!!!!! Very Happy Very Happy

cheers FTRPLT

I'll report on my experience/s!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Yesterday at 12:38 am

I've had success with sticking an ISO alcohol soaked cleaner in the stem and leaving it there.

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PostSubject: Re: Perspex stems   Yesterday at 3:05 pm

More options!!! Thank you cheers FTRPLT
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