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Old 09-28-2020, 08:41 AM   #1
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So Ive got an old McPherson Practice chanter that has a Catalin Ferrule as well as a Catalin Sole.
The Parts have that so often seen Orange Color.
I can live with the Orange Color, but that said is there any way of returning the offending Parts to their presumable original Ivory Color?
I do understand that would eventually return again to the Orange Color.
If I had a buffing wheel I would try that
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Old 09-28-2020, 10:06 AM   #2
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It is very easy to skim the orange layer off - it is very, very thin - but it will only last a few months/years before returning to orange.
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Old 09-28-2020, 10:37 AM   #3
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So how do you skim off the Orange Color?
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Old 09-28-2020, 10:39 AM   #4
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Default Re: Catalin Question....

What Calum said... I tend to advice folks to either keep it orange or sell it and get a non-catalin mounted instrument. You either love the orange or you should get something else. No point is fighting a losing battle with the orange mounts when there are so many other quality instruments out there that won't do that.
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Old 09-28-2020, 10:51 AM   #5
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So how do you skim off the Orange Color?

Stick it on a lathe and take wire wool or some other gentle abrasive to it.
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Old 09-28-2020, 02:52 PM   #6
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This time of year I refer to my Catalin- mounted pipes as "Vintage Pumpkin Spice"
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Old 09-28-2020, 03:01 PM   #7
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Take care with dust. Beside a particulate lung irritant...itís a potential carcinogen. Catalan includes hazmat formaldehyde.
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:46 PM   #8
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Take care with dust. Beside a particulate lung irritant...itís a potential carcinogen. Catalan includes hazmat formaldehyde.
That sounds wonderful.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:38 AM   #9
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Default Re: Catalin Question....

Another route is to have the Catalin replaced with a modern imitation ivory. I recently got a quote from Dunbar to replace the catalin on my '60's Gillanders pipes, which have all-catalin projecting mounts, ferrules, rings, bushings, and chanter sole; i.e., no metal. The material, Resin-Ivory+S, is virtually indistinguishable, visually, from ivory, including Shreger lines.

Resin Ivoryô+S Grade

As you might imagine, the material is not cheap, and neither is the labor. The cost to do mine exceeded what I paid for the pipes. But, I'm sure the result would be spectacular.

As quoted it was not reversible, i.e., the catalin parts are machined off, and the wood threaded to accept the newly made resin parts.
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Old 10-01-2020, 12:20 AM   #10
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Default Re: Catalin Question....

You can also get a tube of Autosol metal polish from an auto supplier and polish up the catalin mounts with that. It's a bit of work and doesn't take it back to the original cream colour but it looks OK. I found that I couldn't quite get it into the smaller spaces, such as where the tuned beading so it comes out darker in those places, giving the whole mounting an antique look.

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