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Has anyone tried the car wash to clean brass.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Queen_of_Thunder, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Got to wash the truck today and thought about taking some brass along in a bucket and give it a wash too.
  2. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Well-Known Member

    You might be a redneck if...

    Sounds like a bad idea. Haha! You probably wouldn't be the first good-ol' boy to try it!
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    No. I'm one of the few though that doesn't use a tumbler at all but uses water, hot and cold, with soap and lemi-shine to clean my brass.
    I first just use the garden hose and a bucket.. agitate and strain with a collander a couple times and then go hot.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I'm thinking if you stick a car wash wand in a bucket of brass, you will be on your hands & knees picking up brass all over the case wash bay for a while!

    Personally, I gave up on washing & drying wet brass about 40 years ago when I made my first tumbler.
    Drying wet brass is a PITA if you want to get any reloading done the same day.

  5. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Gotta agree with RC, trying to use a car wash wand sounds like a total mess to me.
    Pretty hard to beat a regular old tumbler and crushed walnut.
  6. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I agree with RC.

    I have used the car wash to clean older military surplus arms with dried cacked on cosmolene and dirt/dust and who knos what tho. Worked very well BTW.
  7. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    Using that school of thought, the Maytag would sound like a better idea to me than the car wash.
  8. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Why not just scatter them in the bed of the truck and go through an automatic wash? That would get the worst crud off, seems to me.
  9. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    The best way I have found is to wait until your wife is in the tub.


    Dump in the brass, and then search beneath the bubbles.

  10. Zardaia

    Zardaia Well-Known Member

    Assuming she dosn't try and drown u for throwing a bucket of brass at her, good idea!
  11. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    Ha. That's the first thing I thought of too, brass flying all over the place as soon as you squeeze the handle.
  12. boommer

    boommer Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry did you smoke your lunch?
  13. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    wobbly FTW !
  14. fields

    fields Well-Known Member

    Washer does a good job.
  15. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    Nah! Sounds like a crop of do-do to me.
    I have a small vibratory type thing thats suits me well.
  16. c.latrans

    c.latrans Well-Known Member

    Boys are gonna play, and I wont claim ownership to this one. A "friend" borrowed...(read that: took one of my minnow traps off the back of my shop)...one of my minnow traps, put a bunch of brass in it and took it through the car wash in the back of his truck. Honestly, he had a bunch of wet brass, nothing more.

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