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Old 04-03-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Bore oil?

I am refreshing a set of Pettigrew pipes and it's been suggested that I treat the bores with bore oil.

Any suggestions on what bore oil to get? Are there significant differences, or should I just go to any instrument store and pick up a bottle or two of what's in stock?

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bore oil?

I would avoid the music store variety of bore oil as it's simply mineral oil and will only sit on the surface of the wood. You want an oil that will actually soak in and nourish the wood and the best oil out there for that is Bore Dr. bore oil. Others have used pure almond oil with a drop of vitamin E added as an antioxidant. I'm sure this would suit as well.

If the pipes are old and very dry please be cautious with how much oil you use. I would recommend a light oiling every week or so for a month and regular (IE. daily) short playing periods to introduce moisture slowly back into the wood. Short periods meaning about 10 minutes at a time every day slowly increasing the amount of playing time over the course of a few weeks.

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PS. Any sudden rapid change in the moisture level of the wood could cause cracks.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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I use almond oil. It works great and its easy to get.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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If you go to the Bore Doctor web page, you can get his bore oil at a reasonable price. I've also used a refined nut oil made for finishing wooden utensils and cutting boards. That comes in bulk at a cheaper rate. I think Ringo's or Chris Hamilton's sites used to talk about a similar product they used. Pretty sure I saw it on one of theirs...

Anyway, you don't need much if you are just going to swab the bores and outside. Buy a good product. There are a milion posts on this around here.

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Almond oil or orange oil works great
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Default Re: Bore oil?

Someone wrote an article in the Piping Times many years ago about the merits of different oils for the pipes. An industrial chemist who was a piper said the best oil to use is paraffin oil as it dissolves and all other oil no matter how thin will leave a residue. I have three old sets and oil them twice a year with paraffin oil and clean the bores with a long tea pot spout brush before the oil dissolves. I also rub some over the outside of the wood. The oil can be purchased in a pharmacy shop.
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Someone wrote an article in the Piping Times many years ago about the merits of different oils for the pipes. An industrial chemist who was a piper said the best oil to use is paraffin oil as it dissolves and all other oil no matter how thin will leave a residue. I have three old sets and oil them twice a year with paraffin oil and clean the bores with a long tea pot spout brush before the oil dissolves. I also rub some over the outside of the wood. The oil can be purchased in a pharmacy shop.
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