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Nu Finish wax tumbling?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dtalley, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. dtalley

    dtalley Member

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    I have seached Nu Finish Wax and can't find my answer.

    Those of you that use Nu Finish Wax in you tumbler, how often do you add more? I have read a capful works but do you add a cap every batch of brass or every time you change your media or once a month or what??

    Many thanks,
    dt
     
  2. Idano

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    dtalley I add a cap full every time a few minutes before I throw in my brass. I also replace the dryer sheet (cut into 12 pieces) with each batch of brass. My media is 50/50 corn cob and walnut and my brass looks like new after 2 hours. The Nu-finish and dryer sheet was the best advice I have received off this form.
     
  3. nitesite

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    Idano does it exactly the same as I do. Except I use Lyman treated corn cob media without any walnut.

    It's a great method!
     
  4. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    Idano has it right. A single capful, just before you add your brass, let it mix with the media, then insert brass and you're golden.

    Remember, the savings comes in from buying it at the local Dollar General store, where it sells for $4.00 a 12 oz. bottle last I knew. (I haven't bought any in a while, since I tend to stock up when I shop, which I hate to do.)

    Dave
     
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    ...and just as an echo, I'll say that I use feed-store 1/8" corncob ($17.00/40 pounds) along with an ounce or so of Turtle Wax "Scratch and Swirl Remover" in my Midway case cleaner..... "tumbler" sounds strange when applied to a vibratory-type machine, but whatever.

    Regular Turtle Wax works just about as well, but my thinking was that the S&S Remover MIGHT be a bit more aggressive. I use it when I can find it, otherwise regular TW gets the nod.

    Since the ground cob is so inexpensive, I usually only run four or five loads through the process before changing the cob for fresh stuff. I do add another "shpritz" of polish for each loading of the machine. Let it run for a few minutes before putting in the cases, to get it well worked into the medium.

    The shine is FAR brighter than new brass right straight from the factory, and it doesn't tarnish in storage, either. Very nice.
     
  6. bigcim

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    what do the dryer sheets do
     
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    I'm curious about the sheets myself. I can hazard a guess they help with static cling of the media maybe? Or just static in general..
     
  8. GaryL

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    The dryer sheets do a surprisingly nice job of removing some of the dirt from the media and keeping the dust down. The media still gets dirty, but you get a few more loads out of it.

    IMHO, a fine example of some of the great advice this site has to offer.
     
  9. Idano

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    Like Gary said the dryer sheet cleans the dust from the media. When I started using the Nu-finish and the Dryer sheets I decided to try it on some media I was getting ready to throw out so if it didn't work out I wouldn't be out much. Well the between the Nu-finish and the dryer sheet and after about 6,000 more cartridges the media now looks brand new. I no longer plan on dumping media only adding as it get crushed up and carried out with the dryer sheets.
     
  10. dtalley

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    Thanks for the replies. I had been using Lyman's treated cob but purchased some walnut from the pet store the other day. I ran a couple of batches with just the walnut then I mixed in the old treated cob and it worked pretty well. I picked up some Nu Finish the other day to try and the first batch you could almost see yourself in the brass. I just didn't know how often to treat the media with the wax again.

    I have been using the dyer sheets for a while. You can even wipe out your powder measure with them and it will cut down on the static cling.
     
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    lead dust.....

    Richard Lee tells a story of a shooting friend who had elevated lead levels in his blood. They tested all his reloading equipment and the "hot" spot was the tumbler.

    Do you guys who are using the dryer sheets take any precautions when handling / disposing of them?

    I've got small children in the house and am mildly concerned.
     
  12. callgood

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    I will now. I have some hemostats I can use to drop the sheets in the trash. Might not be a bad idea to wear a mask when you dump the old media.

    On a positive note, I read that giving blood can lower your lead-blood level. I do it anyway.

    I add a cap of Nu Finish about every third tumble. Seems sufficient for me.
     
  13. RustyFN

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    If you are going to use the dryer sheets make sure they are used. If you don't have any used dryer sheets do the same thing with a paper towel.
    Rusty
     
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    why do they have to be used
     
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    You should only need to worry about the lead if you don't wash your hands afterwords or you eat while your reloading. The dryer sheets collect all the dust so there shouldn't be any airborne particlulate. I usually pick the dryer sheets out after I seperate the media from the cases.
     
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    If you have some reason to worry about lead poisoning, you need to go tell your doctor and ask him to refer you for tests.

    Here is a link with facts about lead poisoning:

    http://www.nsc.org/library/facts/lead.htm

    If you don't know anything about the toxicity heavy metals (including lead, cadmium, etc.), you should probably read up on it if you have any reason to suspect you've been exposed. Knowledge is always good, but it's particularly good in a case like this. Heavy metal poisoning isn't like snakebite- the chances are that high levels of lead in the bloodstream are the result of continuing exposure over considerable periods of time. Lead poisoning tends to be very slow and insidious.
     
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    If you use a new dryer sheet it will get warm in the tumbler and the stuff on it will get gooey and make a mess in your tumbler. If you don't have used dryer sheets I hear a plain paper towel will do the same thing.
    Rusty
     
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    Ingestion of lead can occur when you seperate your brass from your media. If you inhale any of the dust through your mouth then swallow = ingestion. Even outside you can get some. Masks are cheap at walgreens. A bandana will do because you are filtering a particulate matter not a gas. You also get it in your hair and on your clothes. How far do you want to go? I use a mask and latex gloves both free. (The ONLY Perk for being a medic are the supplies.) I alway wash my hands and I am usually wearing coveralls that I use for all dirty tasks..

    Len
     
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    I would like to try this with some brass I have that is stained.
    The only thing I am wondering is aren't you worried about this stuff contaminating your powder?
    I had trouble before with my powder getting contaminated by case lube so I am kind of nervous about this.
     
  20. mc223

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    Waxes can contaminate powder. Nu-Finish does not contain wax. It is a solvent very similar to mineral spirits with other cleaning agents added.
    The use of Brasso which contains ammonia, and Turtle WAX which contains wax should be avoided.
    The dryer sheets when new are impregnated with fabric softeners. When used all the fabric softeners have been released to your clean clothing. They become very porous with lots of little places to trap the finer loose stuff floating around in your tumbler.

    goon, Try some Hornady One Shot case lube or Imperial Sizing Die Wax and watch your powder contamination problem dissappear.
     
  21. Shoney

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    Please list the scientific reasons not to use wax!

    If Imperial Sizing Die WAX is preferred to be used, why no Turtle Wax?
     
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    Just as a side note, Nu-Finish does a great job on your car.
     
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    I see right through you Wax question. I guess I was really trying to say that the extra ingredients of turtle wax could cause a problem. Imperial is loaded with extra super non-powder fouling ingredients. And you dont put Imperial inside the cases now do ya. I dont.
    I guess that means you could polish your bullets with Mothers since it contains Canuba which is the wax coating on factory moly and Neco process Moly coated bullets.

    Never thought of using Nu-Finish on a car. Might have to try that sometime.
     
  24. Shoney

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    mc223 was asked
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    Say what? It was a straight forward question which you have failed to answer.
    mc223 said
    Please list these turtle wax ingredients that cause a problem.
    mc223 said
    Please tell me what those ingredients are, I am not aware of them, nor are they listed on product literature.

    If you are privy to super secret information that we in the unwashed masses are not, please educate us.
     
  25. mc223

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    Shoney, Use whatever you want to. Forums are full of opinions. I expressed my OPINION, and replied to your questions as appropriate to your attitude. I will continue to NOT use Turtle Wax in my tumbler.
    I may just have Privy info, but now you will never know.
    Have a good life and make some lemonaid.
     
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