Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by deputy bruce, Mar 16, 2021.
Or may try adding some Wash&Wax into the cleaning bath (limeshine).
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.
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.
For long term storage, I make sure they are dry and put them in 5 gallon buckets. Clean them when I need them.
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.
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
I like the walnut look on brass! dull, a mans brass!
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
If you set it on blackland dirt and let it rain once before you pick it up, that’s all it takes.
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.
Like this? Yes, with a wash and wax coating applied as I clean them.
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.
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...
They will look like this.
But will be renewed again at the next cleaning cycle into perfect pieces of glinting gold!(Two new cases for contrast.)
They will also be easier to lose. Resulting in one more expensive case added to the slew.
Oh, hey Babe. You new here?
that’s what I’m talking about! dull like my ex girlfriend
oooooh hell yeah! Let’s go get some beers!!!!
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.
Isn't every reloading forum on the Internet a perma thread on brass cleaning??
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