The Best Ways to Season Titanium Nails
Dabbing has constantly been developing both as a lifestyle and a skill-habit. And there are plenty of reasons why you’d want to get better at it. You may be a novice who’s just learning how to go about it. Or you can be a seasoned user who wants to refine his knowledge of how to get better results. Either way, it’s a good idea for any user, both new and old, to brush up on the use and knowledge of techniques and tools.
Traditional weed smoking is pretty straightforward and simple enough. With concentrates, you get a much wider range of tips, tricks, and techniques that you can try. Today, we want to look at the best ways to season titanium nails.
Why should you season a Nail?
The first step in deciding whether to do something is to learn about what difference it will make. There are several benefits, and each of these will enhance your smoking experience.
Improve taste and flavor.
The first benefit is the taste and flavor. The taste you draw from a freshly cleaned nail is way better than an old one. It’s the same reason why a chef might want to season his old cast-iron pan. Most nail seasoning techniques revolve around using heat. Heating your titanium nail opens up the pores of the surface because the molecules stretch further apart. Then, you use a resinous or oily agent to coat the surface. This limits the metallic taste that’s so common in titanium and metal nails.
· Clean and sterilize
The second benefit is that it makes the nail cleaner and much more hygienic. You’re going to inhale the smoke or vapor that comes through this device. So, you want every component to be as clean as possible. Since the titanium mail is primarily made of metal, it can carry impurities that develop during the manufacturing process. Seasoning your nail removes these particles. So, you don’t have to experience that metallic and noxious aroma that comes with new devices and nails.
· Holds dabs better
Titanium surfaces are smooth and well-polished. This means your oil can easily slip or flow off the nail when you put it in place. And it’s always a hassle trying to keep the oil in place on a slippery material. Seasoning allows your nail to hold its contents better and more comfortably.
Nails can come in a variety of materials besides titanium – ceramic, glass, quartz, etc. Although these are all aesthetically pleasing, none of them have the durability and resilience of titanium. Whether you accidentally hit a hard surface or drop it on the floor, titanium will hold up much better than other fancier materials. Titanium also holds on to heat much better than materials like glass or ceramic. Ceramic heats up faster, but it also gets stressed faster than titanium.
Always try to get a Grade 2 or 3 titanium when you buy your nail. There are manufacturers out there who can dilute the metal to make the product cheaper. But these materials can cause health hazards or contain carcinogens. So, always verify your metal quality and purchase from sources you trust.
Techniques to season titanium nails
There are two great ways of seasoning titanium nail, and both involve the right application of heat.
Seasoning titanium nail with a torch
The first method involves a more manual approach and will take you between 10-20 minutes. Take a torch and heat your nail till it becomes a hot red color (Don’t overheat). Take some oil with your dabber and give the nail a good coating. If the oil vaporizes really fast, it means you may have overheated the nail. Once the nail cools down, reheat it and repeat the same process. You can perform this heating and coating process about 4-5 times to make your nail all clean and sanitized.b
Seasoning titanium nail with oven
This method is easier to do and more convenient if you have an oven nearby. Heat the oven to a temperature of about 400° F. Meanwhile, take some oil and coat your nail with it. Put the nail inside the oven in an upright position. If the oil starts smoking, lower the temperatures. After about 20 minutes, your nail is cleaned and ready to use.
You can try one or both these methods to season your titanium nail. You can make use of reclaimed oil, too, if you have it around the house. Don’t use water or alcohol, which runs the risk of oxidizing the metal.