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Old 03-18-2019, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning Brushes/Swabs

Has anyone ever done maintenance on their swabs or brushes for cleaning?
Have you ever cleaned them? How?
Mine look pretty aged/crummy.

Or do I just order new ones...
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cleaning Brushes/Swabs

I use shotgun and rifle cleaning rods with pieces of re-purposed old T shirts as swabs,then discard the used rags.

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Old 03-19-2019, 06:30 AM   #3
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Has anyone ever done maintenance on their swabs or brushes for cleaning?
Have you ever cleaned them? How?
Mine look pretty aged/crummy.

Or do I just order new ones...
Warm soapy water....dry well...fluff with a hair dryer if needed.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:37 AM   #4
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Greetings, celtickc86, and to All,

I have several sets of the larger and "fluffy" bagpipe
cleaning brushes... and one brush... specifically... on
which I place The Doctor's Bore Oil... for swabbing
the insides of the bores and stocks.

When ever it... or any of the others... become... or
begin to become... a bit gummed up... I soak them
in OxyClean (generally available in Canada and the
U.S.) overnight... playfully rough them up with my
hands the next day (to dislodge any particles)...
and then very... very... thoroughly... rinse in warm
water... let dry... and then... re-fluff... :)

This has worked quite well... for these several years.

Good Luck with yours!! :)

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Perhaps it should be mentioned... as far-flung as our
Members and readers are... that an ABW chanter is
not... to be oiled... as it changes the sound of it...(as is
the unhappy experience of some...).






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Old 03-28-2019, 03:26 PM   #5
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I've cleaned the soft cotton brushes with dish soap.....air dried. They came out clean and no problems.


For oiling and drying out drones (dry out each time after playing), I use a shot gun cleaning rod with a shotgun swab on the end.



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Old 11-19-2019, 12:10 PM   #6
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When ever it... or any of the others... become... or
begin to become... a bit gummed up... I soak them
in OxyClean (generally available in Canada and the
U.S.) overnight... playfully rough them up with my
hands the next day (to dislodge any particles)...
and then very... very... thoroughly... rinse in warm
water... let dry... and then... re-fluff...
Hi..I got an older MacLeod pipes .. searched every where on info of proper way to oil them.

I get the swabbing and gun rods and and all that stuff.

But

Have not read exactly how to properly oil the drones by putting them in a tub of oil. Have read this quite often being done.

Thing I really want to know is .

Do you dunk the parts of the drones just as they are. One at a time

OR do you have to take off the silver or plastic or ivory parts .. ?How? they might be glued on, pressed on. who knows Or just dunk the whole thing in the oil then clean off after..

thnx

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Old 11-19-2019, 01:16 PM   #7
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Hi..I got an older MacLeod pipes .. searched every where on info of proper way to oil them.

I get the swabbing and gun rods and and all that stuff.

But

Have not read exactly how to properly oil the drones by putting them in a tub of oil. Have read this quite often being done.

Thing I really want to know is .

Do you dunk the parts of the drones just as they are. One at a time

OR do you have to take off the silver or plastic or ivory parts .. ?How? they might be glued on, pressed on. who knows Or just dunk the whole thing in the oil then clean off after..

thnx

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I don’t know of any pipemaker of substance that recommends a submersion oiling. Does anyone here?

Here’s a reputable view... albeit I haven't asked why to add a drop of vitamin E? Anyone?

http://www.highland-pipemaker.com/ba...gpipecare.html

The dictum “..slow and steady” make sense....good low viscosity woodwind bore oil lightly swabbed in will more easily find its way thru the wood density by capillary action...until going fully through the wood thickness. ( think of a dry sponge with only a drop of water added on one side) . A massive overload by dunking will gum up the in the first few microns thickness of the wood. I prefer LeBlanc brand oil...it’s clear and thin-ish.
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Ah, Greetings, WillyWog, and Greetings to All Else,


Well, here's... a resurrection!! :) (And I hope this helps. :)


Firstly... The Doctor's Bore Oil... and nothing else!!


Secondly... untie the drone cords... so as not to make
a mess of them...


I leave the stocks tied in to the (plain old leather) bag. :)
A little of the bore oil running down there... never hurt.


Take the drones apart... and lay them down... and on an
absorbent cloth. (I do not dis-assemble parts of drones.)


Put the cloth swab(s) into the end of the cleaning rod.


Saturate the cloth swab... and then oil the insides of the
drone sections.


I use a fair amount of oil... and then stand them upright
so that they drain off the excess.


And then (and here comes the hard part :)... I wait !!


And I wait until the wood has absorbed... all of the oil
of which it is able.


And then I run a couple (o' three) dry swabs through
them all... to collect any remaining excess.


And then... I put them all back together... and play them!! :)


I am not sure that I would dignify all of this as a "system"...
but it has worked well for me... and my pipes.


The main consideration... at least to me... is to set aside
enough Time... so that you do not have to... rush. :)


Wishing you... the Best of Good Fortune with yours!! :)


Regards,


Pip01




A Quick Post Script:


I do have some fluffy soft bore brushes... and
which I sometimes use when the drone bores
seem more dry than usual... and using them
saves Time... in administering the additionally
needed bore oil... relative to the swabs.


One other quick matter:
When using any sort of rod for the swabs... be
really careful... about not... abrading the inside
of the drones... with the end of the rod!! :)






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Old 11-21-2019, 03:04 PM   #9
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I think most folks have covered it, but I just wash in dish soap and let dry. I do use a separate gun cleaning kit + swabs for oiling though.

Related question - years ago, I bought a set of drone brushes where the brush material went from end to end, the full length of the brush. (Not just the top 4-5") Anyone know of a place that carries these? Would love another set, as you don't end up with the wire portion of the brush potentially scraping bores. (Call me paranoid.)

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I don’t know of any pipemaker of substance that recommends a submersion oiling. Does anyone here?
.
Well Here ya go.. From a pipemaker of substance !!!

take from an article from pipemaker''s site.. note the words 'oil bath' in and out of oil bath.


We then polish all of the bores with very fine steel wool and give the entire set a good oil bath to get some moisture back into them. Once we take it out of the oil bath, we wipe the compete set down and let it sit for a day or so to allow the oil to dry.
While the oil is drying, we cleaned and polished up the ivory mounts and silver ferrules, rings and slides and also made a new mouthpiece as the old one was cracked.


Your turn ---- I can find more if you wish.

Willy

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