Comoy’s Sandblast Billiard Restoration


By Al Jones

This is the second Comoy’s Sandblast shape 28 that has found its way onto my workbench in 2017. This one looked like such a simple restoration, I couldn’t resist. The seller didn’t include a lot of pictures, but on arrival, I found the pipe to be in fantastic condition. The stem was only oxidized with a hint of teeth abrasions. The polished, beveled bowl top had just a bit of build-up. I was excited to get started on this one, so the “before pictures” below were taken after that build-up was removed. The drilled, 3-piece “C” stem logo was in perfect condition, as was the button. I love working on Comoy’s stems, particularly tapered stems, which are a breeze.

The nomenclature and stem logo show  that this pipe was made from the late 1940’s to 1981. (pre-Cadogan)

The bowl had very little cake and was easily reamed. The interior was in terrific condition. I used a little Fieblings Medium Brown stain to fresh up the bowl top, which was lightened just a tad during the cleaning process. The build-up was removed with a piece of worn scotch-brite pad. I soaked the bowl with alcohol and sea salt. After the soak, the shank was cleaned with paper towels and a soft bristle brush. The briar only required a hand wax with Halycon wax and a cloth.

The stem was soaked in a mild solution of Oxy-Clean for several hours, than mounted on the briar. The oxidation was removed with 800, 1,500 and 2,000 grade wet paper, followed by 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh sheets. The stem was polished with White Diamond and then Meguiars Plastic polish. The stem is literally like new.

Below is the finished pipe.

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