You Complete Me- Finishing Touch on the Medico VFQ


Blog by Greg Wolford

Last week I wrote about restoring an old Medico VFQ (if you missed it the article is here. I mentioned that Steve was sending me a better stem – and boy did he!

It arrived Saturday and I spent a little time polishing it with micromesh 1500-12000 over the weekend. As you can see, it was almost pristine when it arrived.
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Today I touched up the stem’s stamping with white paint to make it pop and then, after the paint cured, I gave it a light buff with white diamond and then a few coats of wax to finish it off. And I must say it really does complete the project.

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As you can see, there’s a big difference in the stems. I also found they seem to be made of some different material; the original left a black looking sanding dust and the new one a white-looking dust, more like acrylic. Anyway, here’s the real completed project.

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Again, thanks, Steve, for providing me with such a nice stem to top off saving this old pipe with. And, in case you’re wondering, I’ve had the chance to run a few bowls through her and she smokes great for me!

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About Greg

I am medically retired from my 'career', have been since 1999. For quite some time I missed my old job a lot. I enjoyed it, I was good at it and didn't have any desire to do anything else. But the Lord had other plans for me. Now He has called me to work for Him. He has graciously given me some talent to work with words. He has also seen fit to guide me with the Holy Spirit to study and comprehend His Word. Don't misunderstand; I am no scholar nor a pastor. I'm just trying to be obedient to my Lord and Savior and do what He asks me, in a way that would please and bring glory to His holy Name.

5 thoughts on “You Complete Me- Finishing Touch on the Medico VFQ

  1. Dave

    Greg, thanks for the good text, and pictures. The project came out near perfection. What a blessing to have friends like Steve. What are the odds that a friend would have the exact stem needed to finish your project? Well done Greg, and Steve

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  2. rebornpipes

    Glad it fit well Greg. Looks really good – like it was made for it. Odd about the sanding dust. I know that one is indeed nylon from my research and from doing minor work on it. But odd that yours is a different colour dust…. ah well. The mysteries of the refurbishing work.

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    1. Greg Post author

      Yes, it seems like it came right off this stummel from the factory. In researching the VFQ line a bit I too have seen them listed as nylon: it is indeed a mystery why they seem different.

      Reply

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