Hey it's Dave over at Adapterrlman and in this weeks blog post I was going to cover a topic that many of you have been asking about. How to keep your quartz nail looking brand new. So today i'm going to go over some good practice tips to help improve your next session with some of these care tips.
1) It's always good to clean your dab nail in-between each use, I know this sounds time consuming and a bit painful but it's the best way to keep your dab nail always looking brand new. A few things you can do to help automate the process, after you are done with your dab grab yourself a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol. Dip the q-tip in the alcohol and while the dab nail head is still warm you can wipe out any build-up and residues. If the dab nail has already cooled off too much you can apply some heat with your torch but do not apply the full amount of heat required to take a dab just warm it up.
2) If your nail head is already extremely dirty you can use a rubbing alcohol and sea salt solution to clean it up. The best way to do this is grab yourself a ziplock baggie and fill it with some alcohol salt. You only need to fill the baggie up with maybe 3-4 tablespoons of alcohol or more depending on the size of the piece (you can also do this for spoon pipes and other hand pipes) Add about 1 tablespoon of sea salt to the baggie, throw in your glass part. Seal the baggies and shake it around vigorously for about 2-5 mins depending on how much build up you may have. You can also let your parts soak over night to help get out any deep stains.
3) Heavy build up where nothing else has worked you will want to grab a dab tool and scrape out any build up you can, than you will want to grab yourself a really powerful torch probably much larger then the one you do dabs with. We recommend the Bernz-o-Matic at any hardware department. Grab the BernzOmatic TS4000 handle it's our preferred torch head. Next you will want to heat the entire nail head bright Orange/Red Hot and scrape any white grayish ash that begins to burn off the quartz, you will want to continually heat the quartz extremely hot to this bright orange/red color and eventually you will see everything reduced to flakes of ash that scrape off easily, than you can use the rubbing alcohol method mentioned above.