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Old 05-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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Default Drone refinishing

I have 12 year old McCallum's that are still interrific condition but I was considering giving the exterior of the drones a little treatment. Has anyone any thoughts on what type of oil etc. I might try?
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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I have 12 year old McCallum's that are still interrific condition but I was considering giving the exterior of the drones a little treatment. Has anyone any thoughts on what type of oil etc. I might try?
It doesn't seem you intend to completely strip the
old finish -- so a good starting point would be to
contact the maker, get a recommendation from
the source -- at least find out what kind of finish
you are working with.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:29 AM   #3
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My 8 year old McCallum were originally finished with oil, not varnish, so when I oil them every year, I rub them with a cloth after oiling them and that gives them a bit of a shine again.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:04 AM   #4
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thanks for the help. Is there a particular oil that you use?
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #5
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I use Bore Dr. bore oil on the inside and outside of my drones. It produces a lovely sheen to the outside of my pipes and darkens the wood up a bit. I do this every 6 months and it keeps things looking and sounding great.

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Old 05-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #6
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I use M. Graham walnut oil. Like Shawn about every six months or so.
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I'm in the process of stripping the chipped varnish off of a 70's set of Grainger's, I'm using a wax called "conservator's wax" that I got from Lee Valley in ontario, but the same stuff goes by another name too in the US, called "Renaissance Wax", basically the same stuff, was created to polish and protect antique furniture.

I read about it in another thread : http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...highlight=wood

Gives a noce smooth deep finish, I'll probably try to take it to a lathe to see how much of a shine I can get out of it.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:39 AM   #8
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At the risk of giving up trade secrets
Once Shellac finishing
(french polishing) fell out of general use Bob Hardie either varnished his pipes or polished them on a lathe with Mansion polish. It was a wax based polish for wood and I swear I have never seen a bigger tin of it in my life !!!
Dazlo is similar stuff I believe.
It is difficult to come by in the UK now but not impossible.
Renaissance wax is great stuff as well but IMHO it is expensive for what it is.
If your pipes are oiled or waxed I would thoroughly recommend any of the three products named.


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Old 05-15-2012, 05:03 AM   #9
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I use almond oil on the drones and polish them up with the Lee Valley beeswax polish. Produces a beautiful glow on the wood. I oil every six months both inside and out on each drone.

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I just waxed my pipes yesterday with renaissance wax, and they look nice. It won't replace any lost oil (if there is any oil at all lost), but they're looking great. Tempted to go over with almond oil on the inside now.
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