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Nu Finish - vs - Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Flt Simulation, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Well-Known Member

    Looks like lots of folks here like to add a little of the Nu Finish car wax to there tumbler media.

    I have found that any liquid car wax works ok ... but I am thinking something like Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish might work better. Mothers really shines brass fantastic by itself and I am thinking that it does not contain ammonia (or very little).

    Any opinions?
  2. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member

    I've used both and both work great. I find the mother turns everything black tho and I'm not really a fan of that.
  3. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

  4. JC98

    JC98 Well-Known Member

    I actually use a polish from meguiars that I use when I buff cars. Works pretty well.
  5. Ironbar

    Ironbar Member

    I used Mother's in the last load of .30-06 I tumbled. I used about a teaspoon with each batch.

    The Greek HXP from CMP turned out very good.

    The commercial stuff I did came out looking virtually brand new.
  6. nastynatesfish

    nastynatesfish Well-Known Member

    I just dump a little CLR in the rolling media. works pretty well
  7. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I always though if the polish was safe for my clear coat, its safe enough for my cases.
  8. GSPKurt

    GSPKurt Well-Known Member

    What about basic polishing compound in the green can? It's cheap enough...
  9. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    NuFinish works great, and enough of us have posted in forums like this about just how great it works, so why re-invent the wheel? It's not a wax, btw.
  10. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Most any liquid auto polish works just fine, very few car polishes today are waxes. They all add a coating that retards tarnish.
  11. Steve2md

    Steve2md Well-Known Member

    turtle wax finish restorer and walnut for range pickups. then size, deprime, and into the stainless tumbler to remove lube. considering rain-x after loading to prevent tarnishing. thoughts?
  12. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    The black is the brass particles that are polished off. The Mother's probably has more polish in it; i.e. you're using too much of it.

    If you add enough polish to your tumbler, and you leave it on long enough, it'll turn black. Even if you load it with brand new cases.

    Nu finish has a lot of polish in it. Put some on a cloth and spin a case in it. Compared to most liquid car waxes, it'll polish a lot faster. And turn the cloth black, faster. That's to be expected, since Nu Finish is car polish. Car wax is expected to have less polishing compound than car polish, and some few car waxes even have no polish. Most car waxes have some polish, because it's almost impossible to apply car wax to a clean, unoxidized surface unless you polish it at least a little while you apply the wax. If you polished it first, then waxed it after, the freshly polished surface would have already tarnished a little. To get the most bling, you need to seal the surface as you polish it. Pure car waxes are meant to be "maintenance" waxes to restore the protective wax finish before it is gone. It's for those guys that wax their car every month.

    "Finish restorer" implies it has more polish than their car waxes. It might be on par with Nu Finish.

    One of the big reasons NF is so popular is because of the polymer coating. It doesn't leave the cases near as slippery as when I used Turtle wax. Nu Finish is largely undetectable on the cases. You can also use more of it before gumming up the media to where it leaves blobs of black residue on cases. YMMV.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  13. abq87120

    abq87120 Well-Known Member

    Does using wax have any effect on the bullet "bonding" to the case/crimp or the sized-and-not-crimped technique which is the one I use for 9mm?
  14. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Mother's contains lye / caustic soda....so I avoid it.
    NuFinish contains ceramic and I avoid that too.
  15. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Refer to post #7 of this thread.

    BTW, how would either of those hurt your bullets or cases?
  16. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Hmmmmm. Nufinish won't mar clear coat paint using power applicators.
    MANY, Many reloaders use Nu-Finish to polish cases. I reload and re-polish 9mm cases many times each with no damage to the brass appearance. I have 20K processed and stored PLUS the 1K-1.3K a month I've shot for years, using mostly Nu-Finish with no problems.

    I have also used what I had on hand, Meguiars Gold car polish (clear-coat safe) with similar results, but maybe not quite as "slippery" as Nu-Finish. I like slippery cartridges for my pistols. :)

    , I repaired and taught instrument flying on flight simulators for many years in the military. If Mil. Where in FLA are you--St Pete?--the panhandle?
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  17. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Well-Known Member

    Originally Posted by 1SOW
    "I repaired and taught instrument flying on flight simulators for many years in the military. If Mil. Where in FLA are you--St Pete?--the panhandle"?

    Myself, I was a civilian instructor pilot for the DoD. At one point in time, I had a non-flying job while working in Korea ... During this time, I was the Facility Chief for the Army Flight Simulation Branch.

    We ran the Apache AH-64 and CH-47 SFTS (flight simulators).

    Retired now ... Living in Cape Coral, FL

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  18. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    I retired from the AF out of Ft Walton Beach and moved back to TX.
    I got a job in TX operating AF/Navy/Marine/Nato Navigator training simulators until it moved to P-Cola.
    I've been fully retired for several years.

    Nu-Finish is available at any Wal-Mart and works very well. Don't overuse it/put too much in the tumbler. It doesn't require a lot to get good results.

    Helicopters weren't made to fly. MH53J & 60's with several versions of both
  19. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    Either they remain aloft by black magic or, in the case of the H-60's, they're so ugly the ground repels them ;)
  20. FrankB1948

    FrankB1948 Active Member

    In the past, I added jeweler's rouge to my media, but since I don't have any handy, I thought I'd experiment based on what I read here. I have some new corncob media in my Midway vibrating tumbler. It has cleaned the brass well, but there is not a polished finish on the brass. I looked thru my supplies and found some liquid Turtle wax. I just added a little to some 44 mag cases I was tumbling. I'll check the results tonight to see if that mixture works.

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