I found this Kaywoodie on eBay a couple of months ago and have been trying to decide what to do with it. It showed OK in the pictures and when I received it it had showed promise.
You can see by the shape of it, the thread style, that it had several different layers of finish on it. The cake in the bowl was irregular but not too bad. The rim is tarred and looked like it had been scraped.
The first thing I did was to remove the cake and use salt and alcohol to clean it. The rim needed a lot of attention so I sanded it on a table top with 320 grit sand paper.
Next, I took the bowl and soaked it in an alcohol bath to loosen the finish.
Once it came out of the bath I had to use various means to get the three finishes off. I used a wire brush on a Dremel; a wire brush, and I found that a grinding-bit that is for the Dremel did the best job.
By using the small grinder-bit by hand I was able to get the remaining finish off and keep the form of the lines.
The stem had light chatter on it and I used 1200 to 4000 grit sanding sponges and wet sanded the chatter out. I then went through 12000 grit sponges to get the sanding marks off. The stem dulled as it was plastic and I am not familiar working the plastic stems. I used Brebbia pipe and stem polish to bring it up some more. It still had a slight dullness to it so I put out a call for help on the PSU pipe forum to a friend Coastie. He suggested I use tripoli and white diamond as well as olive oil. This advise worked like a charm! The stem came up just fine.
I next restrained it with Oxblood stain using several coats and set it with a flame.
When the color looked OK I then worked on getting the finish and shine back onto the bowl. I used tripoli and white diamond and gave it a coat of wax and buffed it with a terrycloth rag.
It should give many good smokes to come!