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Cleaning Your Titanium Nail2018-08-27T03:19:28+00:00
How to Clean a Titanium Nail

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You just spent a good amount of money on a really high-quality titanium nail, and you want to take care of it, right? Unlike that crazy significant other of yours, they’re honestly pretty low-maintenance.

Before you use your toy for the first time, it is very important that you season your titanium nail correctly. After this is done, you can use your nail regularly, whether that be once or multiple times a day.

But how to clean a titanium nail, you ask. We have outlined some of the most popular methods below.

THE TORCHING METHOD

This is the easiest and cheapest way to care for your nail. After some use, you might notice that there is some sticky concentrate residue stuck to your nail. Don’t worry – this is an easy fix. Just take your torch and heat your nail as you normally would. The excess residue should burn off easily. On occasion, you might notice that there is some residue left on the nail after each dab, and many “dab snobs” are pretty anal about this. You might have to use the torching method to clean your nail between dabs.

THE WATER-DIPPIN’ METHOD

Very similar to seasoning your nail, the water-dippin’ method (as we like to call it) is just what it sounds like. Heat your nail as you normally would for a dab, and, with a pair of tongs, place your titanium nail in a bowl of room-temperature water. This method is effective in removing the white oxidation residue that may build up on your nail over time or from heavy use.

THE ISO RUB METHOD

Cleaning a Titanium Nail

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You’re likely thinking, WTF is ISO?, and if you are, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. If you let your nail get really sticky after a while, you might find yourself in a position where heating your nail five times over just to clean it doesn’t sound like the best idea. You’re in luck. Commonly known as rubbing alcohol, ISO is very effective in removing the sticky residue left over from concentrates.

There are two ways to do this. Some people prefer to just throw their Ti nail in some rubbing alcohol (occasionally with a little bit of added salt) and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Other people like to use rubbing alcohol and wipe the sticky residue off their nail with a rag or paper towel. Both methods work well, however be sure that you season your nail after cleaning with ISO. If you don’t, you risk ingesting fumes from the rubbing alcohol, and that’s never good.

 

You may come across some dabbing connoisseurs that claim they never clean their nail, and you might think that’s a bunch of BS. However, they probably really don’t. Many dabbers see their titanium nail the way a cook sees their cast iron skillet. They believe that after many uses, the titanium will acquire a tasteful seasoning, and with every dab, it gets better. This isn’t un-true, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with this, but it tends to freak some people out. If you’re planning on being the go-to friend for dabs, you might want to keep things clean.

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17 Comments

  1. Chad January 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    DO NOT CLEAN YOUR TITANIUM NAIL WITH ISO!! it works for glass fine, but when you clean your titanium nail with iso it will expedite the corrosion. Stick to heat from your torch.

    • Yo Dabba Dabba January 21, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Chad,

      Thanks for your input! However though the research we have conducted on the “proper way to clean a titanium nail”, we have not found any evidence that ISO alcohol will oxidize your TI nail.

      – Yo Dabba

    • math November 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      actually , iso doesnt oxide , torching too red does , too long and too often will oxide your nail and make it turn whiteish.. not ISO

      • Alisha January 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Is this bad for the nail? I’ve had mine for 8 months and it just started turning to white as I heated it ..

  2. freuderlocks March 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Ti is an oxide lol. It corrodes no further than what held in your hand unless subjected to far more brutal chemical and physical methods than most people are capable of. Do what you will, most likely your nail will persist until all record of your, or my life has long passed into history.

    • Markmarkmark November 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      No, no it isn’t. Titanium oxide is the oxide, and it’s white. Like the white crust you see forming if you overheat titanium.

      • Joey Feldhaus February 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        ^ 100% Correct

  3. Kieran July 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    If you rip it and do method one you will like the out come…

  4. DiabeetusJoe August 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    He made that up…. what a pot head …….

  5. Malcolm Deep March 13, 2016 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Though vaporization is one of the healthiest ways to consume cannabis, not all vaporizers are the same. Depending on the model, different vaporizers can rely on the same methods for activating and extracting cannabinoids as other activities, like dabbing. Yet, as vaporizer technology becomes better each year, consumers need to begin understanding what to look for in a quality machine.

    • Old-man-dabby-pants September 21, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

      We were discussing the best way to clean a ti-nail. Not sure what you’re talking about or why here. There is no vape that does the same thing as a dab. But either way, it doesn’t help me clean a titanium nail, which is the topic of the discussion.

  6. James December 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    The nail thats connected to my nectar collector is burning funny, and catching fire?? What do I do?? Is it just wrecked? Is it safe?

    • Dabba Dabba Doo March 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      I have the same problem. I think it’s due to the carbon build up inside the nail. Haven’t sound a solution yet

    • Kristin Hahnlen May 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      This happens to me often. IDK why it does that, I think maybe I sometimes either don’t get my nail hot enough or let it cool too much and there’s a build up. IDK really, I usually just burn it off or clean my nail.

  7. Daniel June 4, 2017 at 2:52 am - Reply

    James what torch are u using? My nail only flames up when I have a new torch that is very full, or I have too much left over oil and it’s catching fire…

  8. Chet manly October 6, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    It’s the reclaim in your nail running down and catching fire. I had the same problem and when I cleaned it out didn’t happen again.

  9. Matt October 9, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Your nail flames up cause you didnt take the whole hit duh. Basically the nail is too cool and some of the dab is left behind. So the next time you torch it, it cooks the liquefied wax that was left behind cause a flame then it goes away within seconds

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