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How much mineral spirits?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 119er, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. 119er

    119er Well-Known Member

    I did a search, but I guess my search criteria sucks or something.

    So how much do you use for ~7lbs of corncob? (Lyman 2500 tumbler)
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    A tablespoon or two.
  3. 119er

    119er Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Figured I'd ask, I usually overdo minor things like that!
  4. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    What is the mineral spirits in the media for?
  5. Mohave-Tec

    Mohave-Tec Well-Known Member

  6. 119er

    119er Well-Known Member

    I've read of people trying it and figured I'd give it a try. I'm tumbling dirty range brass and my media is about dead so I'll give it a shot.
  7. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Mineral spirits keeps the dust down.
  8. mtrmn

    mtrmn Well-Known Member

    It will renew your media indefinitely if you use it every time. I'm still using walnut media I bought over 15 yrs ago. Really cuts lube off cases and brass comes out shiny. I never use polish anymore.
  9. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    I've been using some kind of liquid polishing compound for fiberglass boat hulls. It also reduced the dust to zero and polishes my case twice as fast and I also haven't changed my media for about 15yrs.

    I throw in used dryer sheets also to help collect the fines buy don't get many anymore.

    Thanks, I didn't know if the mineral spirits was a new mouse trap or what it was.
  10. 119er

    119er Well-Known Member

    That worked great!
    Granted, my media was old and it was taking quite a while to see results. But after adding a splash of paint thinner my cases were shiny as can be in about 2 hours(was taking longer) . I'm done with the polish for now, I have a gallon of this stuff.
  11. mtrmn

    mtrmn Well-Known Member

    Old school stuff still rocks. Don't let the common core progressive hand wringers stop you from learning the ways of the ones who came before.
  12. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I was thinking that a 1/2 gallon bottle of Beefeaters was going to help me put up with the whole polishing situation in a nutshell. That's the kind of spirits I would try.:D Recommend a glass full--on the rocks.
  13. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    Put about 1 tablespoon of Nu-Finish car wax in the media, mix up good, best shine you'll ever need.
  14. splattergun

    splattergun Well-Known Member

    Well, you gotta walk it through a room with a bottle of vermouth on the wall, than point it in the general direction of a jar of olives. The perfect martini after loading chores.
  15. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    I you add to much it won't hurt anything, just give it awhile to evaporate
  16. Rule3

    Rule3 Well-Known Member

    You want to use mineral spirits to thin out a polish like Nu Finsih. MS by itself is not going to do much.

    If you want to hold down dust use a few drops of Mineral Oil (Ballistol or pure Mineral oil from the drug store.
  17. Paddy

    Paddy Well-Known Member

    I have a related question, people use nufinish in the media too, but I can't tell if it's nufinish polymer WAX, or a car POLISH. When I think nufinish, I think of the wax (but it's not wax) not a polish which would have a fine cutting Agent, but in my mind a tumbling process would probably benefit from a polish, not a wax. Which is it?
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2014
  18. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I use Nufinish, "The Once a Year Car Polish".
  19. Schwing

    Schwing Well-Known Member

    Obviously people have been doing this with good results so this is probably a silly question but do any of you guys who use mineral spirits in your media worry about the oil residue destroying primers?
  20. mtrmn

    mtrmn Well-Known Member

    If you just use mineral spirits without all that other stuff I see on here then there will be no oily residue. What tiny amount of dampness may remain will evaporate immediately. In 30 yrs I can't remember ever having a primer that wouldn't detonate.

    JUST mineral spirits alone is what I use in my media, no polish, no wax, no oil etc etc. My brass comes out very shiny if I leave it in there several hours. Myself, I don't care if it's shiny as long as it's CLEAN. I tumble once with walnut and MS to clean the brass, then after sizing rifle brass I tumble it again in fine ground corn cob and MS to remove lube. Then I make sure the flash holes are clear and load them up. KISS principle.

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