Does brass remain shiny

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  1. deputy bruce

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    Does brass remain shiny when you use a hot water bath with Lemonshine ? I know using my walnut shells I can add NuFinish and the shine will last for years.
     
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  2. jmorris

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    It’s natural for brass to tarnish. Ornamental brass is generally coated with something so the polished shine lasts longer that if it were left exposed. Bare squeaky clean brass won’t stay as shiny for as long.
     
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  3. deputy bruce

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    thanks would you recomend i finish in walnut shell for long term storage?
     
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    Usually a brief dry tumble w polishing wax after wet tumble will finish dry and preserve cases. Air tight storage in ammo cans also helps.
     
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    You can use a spray-on wax to save time but make sure it doesn't contain a detergent as well.
     
  6. Blue68f100

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    Just use the NuFinish you have been using. Works just fine. If you need to get something new, any liquid wax used for a car will work just fine. You need the liquid state for it to mix in with your tumbler media. If just applying wax after wet US cleaning I would use CornCob media (20/40 mesh) and polish it some more at the same time.

    Or may try adding some Wash&Wax into the cleaning bath (limeshine).
     
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    You can save time by adding a wash and wax to your bath water. Plus, no dust from corn or walnut.

    I have brass that's been sitting for 7+ years after wet tumbling in lemishine and Armorall wash and wax, still shiny. It's not as bright as day 1 but still has a pretty shine.
     
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  8. WeekendReloader

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    Put some automobile wash & wax as a detergent in your water. It will add a wax coating on the brass and help prevent tarnish.
    I wet tumble and it works great. No reason it shouldn't work in a "bath" where you stir or shake the brass around a bit. Just be sure to rinse well to get rid of all the Lemishine acid.
     
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    I need to pass all of these ideas on to FiL. He's just getting started with wet tumbling. Anybody want to start a perma-thread on wet tumbling ideas and suggestions?
     
  10. The Car Doctor

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    Handling the brass with gloves also helps keep it shinny.
     
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  11. jmorris

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    For long term storage, I make sure they are dry and put them in 5 gallon buckets. Clean them when I need them.
     
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  12. Mark_Mark

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    How can I get the Aged look for brass? I like the Vintage look
     
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  13. WeekendReloader

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    Wet tumble with dawn dish soap and lemishine. No wax. They will come out shiny, but without any surface protection they will tarnish on their own and develop their own patina.

    Or you could try clean play sand instead of SS pins. It should give a dull look that will tarnish to a natural patina also.
     
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  14. Mark_Mark

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    NICE! I’m going to get a well used, kindda rusty, 1911 and do a “War and back Look” need blood spatter on it too
     
  15. BreechFace

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    I tumble finished cartridges in polish and walnut, after my wet clean, dry and loading.
     
  16. Mark_Mark

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    I like the walnut look on brass! dull, a mans brass!
     
  17. Ranger99

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    As long as there's no corrosion or dirt
    and debris on empty cases and ammo,
    it'll be just fine.
    It doesn't have to have a mirror finish to
    be functional and safe
     
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  18. jmorris

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    If you set it on blackland dirt and let it rain once before you pick it up, that’s all it takes.
     
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  19. splattergun

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    Shoot it, use a rag to wipe it off, reload it, repeat. That's the way the real men used to do it. None of this prissy washed, waxed and polished jewelry in their guns.
     
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    Like this? Yes, with a wash and wax coating applied as I clean them. :cool:
    They stay that way for a long time. They even seem easier to clean after I’ve got them the first time.
    (I save orphaned brass from life on the streets.:))

    After spotlessly cleaning the brass, put in the oven at 250 degrees for four hours. Artificial aging.:thumbup:

    Or turn on the oven to make cookies, after forgetting some cases left in there to cool. When the oven dings that it’s pre-heated to 400, instantly remember the brass and burn my hands, I mean your hands, pulling them out.
    That ding? It’s to tell you that everything in the oven is already at 400 degrees...:eek:

    They will look like this.
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    But will be renewed again at the next cleaning cycle into perfect pieces of glinting gold!:cool:(Two new cases for contrast.)


    They will also be easier to lose. Resulting in one more expensive case added to the slew.
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    Oh, hey Babe. You new here?:D
     
  21. Mark_Mark

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    that’s what I’m talking about! dull like my ex girlfriend
     
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    oooooh hell yeah! Let’s go get some beers!!!!
     
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    You don't want them shiny like a mirror, it attracts unwanted attention. Another reason to use a revolver, it doesn't spit the shiny brass on the ground to leave a trail.
     
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    If you use Auto wash and wax (as opposed to dishwashing liguid) when wet tumbling it helps prevent tarnishing.

    Other than wash and wax I wouldn't put auto wax in the wet tumbler. I tried it once, bad idea, everything came out covered with grey slime.
    Lots of 409 to clean the pins and cases...major mess.
     
  25. Rule3

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    Isn't every reloading forum on the Internet a perma thread on brass cleaning??:rofl:
     
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