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rube12345
04-13-2010, 10:06
I have some range brass picked up from an outdoor range which is discolored from exposure to the weather.

It cleaned up somewhat with a 5 hour tumble with walnut media, but some is still tarnished.

I have a bottle of Dillon Rapid Polish that I have not used before and was wondering if there are downsides to using brass polish in the media. Does it weaken or change the brass at all? Any reason I should not tumble again with some polish in the media?

Thanks for the input.

rube

ron59
04-13-2010, 12:11
I ALWAYS add a little polish into the media before tumbling. Turn the tumbler on, add a little polish, let it tumble for just a minute, and add brass.

I don't know that it will remove ALL the tarnish, though... Most of my cases come out bright and shiny, but some that are stained seemed to stay that way.

tlafrance
04-13-2010, 12:44
Dillon "Blue" brass polish is Blue Coral liquid car wax. I know a few folks that work there:whistling: I use the the Turtle wax liquid stuff because it's dirt cheap (sub 4 buck) for a large bottle at Wally World. Used it for 15 years now, brass always shines like gold when done:supergrin:

Tom

njl
04-13-2010, 17:08
Dillon "Blue" brass polish is Blue Coral liquid car wax. I know a few folks that work there:whistling: I use the the Turtle wax liquid stuff because it's dirt cheap (sub 4 buck) for a large bottle at Wally World. Used it for 15 years now, brass always shines like gold when done:supergrin:

Tom

Do you run the tumbler with just the media (which type) and wax for a while? I used to use a bit of liquid turtle wax, but kept finding clumps of walnut and wax inside some of the cases. I haven't added anything but used dryer sheets for a while.

rjrivero
04-13-2010, 17:18
Dillon "Blue" brass polish is Blue Coral liquid car wax. I know a few folks that work there:whistling: I use the the Turtle wax liquid stuff because it's dirt cheap (sub 4 buck) for a large bottle at Wally World. Used it for 15 years now, brass always shines like gold when done:supergrin:

Tom
I thought I recognized that smell........Thanks for the "a-ha" moment.

dudel
04-13-2010, 18:23
Is it discolored or corroded? Outwardly they can look very similar. Discolored will clean up easily in a tumbler with straight media. If it doesn't clean up, then it's corroded and should be tossed.

21 shooter
04-13-2010, 18:44
Do you run the tumbler with just the media (which type) and wax for a while? I used to use a bit of liquid turtle wax, but kept finding clumps of walnut and wax inside some of the cases. I haven't added anything but used dryer sheets for a while.

I would suggest running the tumbler with the lid on for 10 minutes or so before adding any cases. I use the smaller Dillon tumbler and add about an ounce or so to the media. It will last for awhile. When your cases are not quite as shiny as you like, just add a little more wax. I have used different kinds of car wax with similar results.

tlafrance
04-13-2010, 20:20
Do you run the tumbler with just the media (which type) and wax for a while? I used to use a bit of liquid turtle wax, but kept finding clumps of walnut and wax inside some of the cases. I haven't added anything but used dryer sheets for a while.


Fill tumbler 1/2 with brass
Add media (50/50 corncob/walnut)
Turn on tumbler
Add 2x tablespoons polish
Allow to circulate for a few min
Turn off tumbler
Add more media to make "full"
Install lid
Turn on tumbler

I use a lamp timer for 2-4hr run times depending on how dirty brass is. I also put in 1x used drier sheet per load (cut into strips or squares)

Tom

mteagle1
04-14-2010, 10:18
It is easier to keep the media from clumping in your brass if you leave the brass out until after the media is thoroughly mixed. For discolored brass actually all brass I use a couple of squirts of odorless mineral spirits in with Lizard Litter ground walnut run for an hour or two. Then it is on to corn cob with NuFinish for another hour or so. Beware that handling brass that has been run in car polish will transfer said wax to your hands in the form of a black residue.

unclebob
04-15-2010, 07:01
It is easier to keep the media from clumping in your brass if you leave the brass out until after the media is thoroughly mixed. For discolored brass actually all brass I use a couple of squirts of odorless mineral spirits in with Lizard Litter ground walnut run for an hour or two. Then it is on to corn cob with NuFinish for another hour or so. Beware that handling brass that has been run in car polish will transfer said wax to your hands in the form of a black residue.

:agree:
Except I mix the polish and mineral sprits 50/50 in a squeeze bottle.

ilgunguygt
04-15-2010, 07:19
NuFinish car polish. Works better than any of the reloader specific brass polishes.

Pianoman
04-15-2010, 07:40
What's with the dryer sheets? I've never heard of that before. What exactly does it help?

--Pianoman

Toml
04-15-2010, 07:51
What's with the dryer sheets? I've never heard of that before. What exactly does it help?

--Pianoman

Kind of absorbs the grime from the media.

ilgunguygt
04-15-2010, 14:53
Kind of absorbs the grime from the media.
It also helps keep the dust down.

tlafrance
04-15-2010, 15:15
What's with the dryer sheets? I've never heard of that before. What exactly does it help?

--Pianoman

AND it helps the static issue.

Tom

bush pilot
04-16-2010, 00:21
Not to mention the spring like scent Bounce leaves on the brass. +1 on NuFinish, the best of the group IMO.

rube12345
04-17-2010, 06:28
I re-tumbled the brass with walnut media and some of the Dillon polish.

It worked great. I'll get a better look at each case when I run them through the loader but when dumping them out of the tumbler it looks like almost all of them cleaned up nicely.

The Dillon polish was old and a little thick, so I might try thinning it with a little mineral spirits next time. This time I just mixed it into the media by hand before adding the cases.

Thanks for the input.

Rube

glocknick
04-17-2010, 06:34
+1 on nufinish. i read about it on gt and gave it a try. ill never tumble without it.

tlafrance
04-17-2010, 08:20
+1 on nufinish. i read about it on gt and gave it a try. ill never tumble without it.

NuFinish is 2x more expensive than plain old Turtle Wax liquid. Being the frugal individual I am, I'd rather buy 2 bottles of the TW. Never tried thinning it with mineral spirits, may be onto something by stretching my savings even further:whistling:

Tom

unclebob
04-17-2010, 08:49
NuFinish is 2x more expensive than plain old Turtle Wax liquid. Being the frugal individual I am, I'd rather buy 2 bottles of the TW. Never tried thinning it with mineral spirits, may be onto something by stretching my savings even further:whistling:

Tom

First you say Blue Coral, Then you say Turtle Wax. So which one do you use?:dunno:

Pianoman
04-17-2010, 10:15
rDillon "Blue" brass polish is Blue Coral liquid car wax. I know a few folks that work there:whistling: I use the the Turtle wax liquid stuff because it's dirt cheap (sub 4 buck) for a large bottle at Wally World. Used it for 15 years now, brass always shines like gold when done:supergrin:

Tom

Looks like he said he uses Turtle wax from the beginning. I made the same mistake though thinking he used the blue coral.

--Pianoman

tlafrance
04-17-2010, 13:29
First you say Blue Coral, Then you say Turtle Wax. So which one do you use?:dunno:

r

Looks like he said he uses Turtle wax from the beginning. I made the same mistake though thinking he used the blue coral.

--Pianoman

DILLON polish is Blue Coral. I use Turtle wax :wavey:

Tom

bush pilot
04-17-2010, 14:37
NuFinish is 2x more expensive than plain old Turtle Wax liquid. Being the frugal individual I am, I'd rather buy 2 bottles of the TW. Never tried thinning it with mineral spirits, may be onto something by stretching my savings even further:whistling:

Tom

You can always wash your media and sell your blood too.

jdavionic
04-17-2010, 14:39
I always put a cap full of Nufinish in & the brass comes out bright.

glocknick
04-17-2010, 17:07
NuFinish is 2x more expensive than plain old Turtle Wax liquid. Being the frugal individual I am, I'd rather buy 2 bottles of the TW. Never tried thinning it with mineral spirits, may be onto something by stretching my savings even further:whistling:

Tom
wow you are frugal. i have been using nu finish for about 4 months and i still have 3/4 of the bottle. thats only like $2 worth. but if turtle wax works for you then why buy nufinish.:whistling:

tlafrance
04-17-2010, 19:09
You can always wash your media and sell your blood too.


You may be onto something......:whistling::tongueout:

Tom

Hydraulicman
04-17-2010, 19:30
i've tired nu finish. it just seems to clump?

oh well

bulletguy
04-19-2010, 00:24
If you use crushed walnut media and want to be real frugal, just go down to a Bar tenders supply store and buy a can of "Bar Keepers Friend" polishingf/cleaning cleanser. Usually a couple of good splashes of that in your tumbler and it will greatly speed up the action as well as the polishing time. It seems to be a finer polish than regular household cleansers and is reccomended for several other application including fiber glas and all types of service glass (not optics.) Been using it asuccessfully for a few years now. You can buy the same stuff in little plastic bags from RCBS, but is runs about 6 - 7 bucks for a pack of six small bags. Th cleanser is onlyabout $3.00 a can.

bamacisa
04-19-2010, 20:37
Bar Keepers Friend is sold in most grocery stores If you put a little on a scrubbie pad, it will clean tarnished cases nicely. After you scrub the tarnished cases, put them in your tumbler...they will come out looking new. I use Nu Finish polish with a touch of mineral spirits in my tumbler.

bulletguy
04-19-2010, 20:52
Yes,I have done that, but later learned that if I just put about threee dashes of Bar Keepers Friend right in the tumbler, it does just fine and the tumbler action really takes off. Here where I live we don't find Bar Keepers Friend in the grocery stores, but there are a couple of other places who carry it. I learned that it is the same thing as the RCBS tumbler additive powder while talking to an RCBS rep. a few years back. (Midway sells it in six envelope packs)

BTW Have you ever left your tumbler running with brass in it all day long? When I finaly got home and checked, those cases looked like they were made of gold. As they used to say, you could see yourself in them.

Cobra64
04-19-2010, 23:42
I've never had any clumping problems with my cleaning & polishing recipe applied with this...

http://www.furniturehomedesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/homemade-glass-cleaner.jpg

Shake up the contents in the bottle, mist the tumbling media, wait a minute, then add brass.

dougader
04-20-2010, 21:50
I've been using the NuFinish with mineral spirits for about 4 or 5 years now. It works well, but still not quite as good as the stuff Berry's sells. But the Berry's polish is much more expensive.

You guys that talk about clumping, you need to add a touch of the polish to your media while the tumbler is running and let it run until the polish mixes in evenly with the media. Then add your brass. If it still clumps up then you're probably adding too much polish. The media shouldn't be wet with polish, or it will definitely clump up.