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Vibrator Brass Cleaner

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Ret.CWO, Oct 7, 2009.

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  1. Ret.CWO

    Ret.CWO Member

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    I can't remember where I read this I checked all the way to page ten. Someone recommended adding NuFinish Car Polish to the medium. I've have been reloading off and on since 1959 and tried just about every way to clean brass. Well I bought some of the NuFinish and added 2 tablespoons to new crushed corn cob all I can say is WOW!!!I've had the Lyman treated walnut do a good job. I've tried Brasso ,Franklin Arsenal polish, Dillon and so on over the years. But I've got to tell you the results of the NuFinish has got to be right up there with a good scotch. Just run the vibrator long enough to let the liquid dry then add the brass. Got to tell you I've been converted. So thank you who ever posted this method before.:):):)
     
  2. Noveldoc

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    As a retired CWO, I am sure you know my favorite. A couple of Tbsps of Brasso.

    Tom
     
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    here we go...:rolleyes:
     
  4. jcwit

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    Both are OK, just let the ammonia dry out before tumbling.
     
  5. Noveldoc

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    I was Brasso deprived in the service. My dad was an Army CWO so I always got Brownie points for polishing his brass. They I joined USAF and we had non brass insignia we were not supposed to polish. <sniff>

    So may it's just the fumes when I pour it on the walnut. ;-)

    Tom
     
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    So letting the polish dry will get rid of the ammonia? Apparently it evaporates well enough to not cause harm to the brass? I'll stick with non ammonia polishes myself.
     
  7. jcwit

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    Frankly I'm a BIG beliver in Nu-Finish or most any auto polish I happen to have on hand. I've got bottle after bottle of polish that claims to give 6 months or more protection on my autos, non do, but boy they give years of protection to ammo brass.
     
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    Ret.CWO,

    You will find now that the media is treated it will take less Nu Finish every time you tumble. I use 1/2 cap full every time sometimes a little less. I have been using it for three years and am very happy.
     
  9. Ret.CWO

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    jcwit are you the one who posted the NewFinish trick. If so I want to thank you. Any time brass is handled with bare hands you can some times see a print a few moths after-wards. I guess the polish will protect this also.
     
  10. jcwit

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    Pretty much so, I think it depends on how dry ones fingerprints are. I used to be one of those who if I touched anything steel it started to rust. I've sense had chemo-therpy and one minor aftereffect was dry skin. So I have no problem with rust or tarnish.

    At anyrate the wax/silicone or whatever they have in the auto polish helps to proctect the brass. The dried out Brasso does work as far as polishing the brass, but adds no protection. Thats why the Army guys keep polishing their brass, I used to spray mine with clear lacquer when I was active.

    Little add-on here, do like RustyFN says, this is one of those cases where less is better. Goes against the American way. hehe
     
  11. Uncle Chan

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    I, too, use NuFinish. I've used brasso in the past, but find that NuFinish "seems" to work better.
     
  12. nitetrane98

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    I'm going to have to try some of that. I've never heard anybody that didn't like it. It's pretty cheap too. I've got the monster Dillon vibrator so I don't think a tablespoon or two is going to cut it. I just finished up with a bottle of Meguiars buff and clean compound I had left over from buffing out an old paint job on my car. I used it with ferret cage corn cob. Kind of big but worked OK. The Meguiars seemed a little to aggressive. It cleaned it up very well but never really shined all that well just kind of a nice mellow yellow glow. I know it doesn't matter but I figure it can't cost that much more to go first class and have the stuff really shine.

    What can be used to shine up the real old grungy stuff that you dig out of the dirt that has a brown patina on it? Mine just vibrate around and stay brown, but clean.

    We never got to use anything but Nev'r'dull on the ship I was on. And boy we used a bunch of it. I think it was just cotton wadding soaked in Brasso. Definitely had the ammonia thing going.
     
  13. jcwit

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    I've never found anything that really helped that brown stuff. Its usually only good for a couple/three reloads before it splits anyway. I just keep it seperate and it goes in the recycle brass bucket when it finally gives up the ghost.
     
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    new to reloading. how long does it take for the nu-finish to dry before you add youre brass?
     
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    xd, not long, I don't even wait anymore. I put my brass in and then dump in a capful of the N-F and let er rip. I've started turning my tumbler on at bedtime and letting it run all night (6-8 hrs.) and the next morning the brass looks new.
    YMMV :)

    ST
     
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    thanks seedtick
     
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    I'm a big fan of running the vibratory cleaner while I am at work...come home sperate the brass and then put another batch in overnight while I sleep. They all come out really shiney and clean! :D
     
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    How do you get the polish to distribute in the media? I've tried the Dillon polish and I believe the franklin arsenal polish and neither one would do anything but sit in clumps in the fine walnut media I have no matter how long I ran the tumbler to work it in.
     
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    "..letting the polish dry will get rid of the ammonia? Apparently it evaporates well enough to not cause harm to the brass?"

    YES. Ammonia is a liquid, when it evaporates and the cat pee smell is gone the ammonia is gone. That can be within a few hours if the viberator is running with the lid off. But, it's simplier not to use Brasso at all, other polishes are just as good and less expensive.

    There is no magic in Nu-Finish, all auto polishes will do the same thing. But DON'T use any liquid car "wax", that's a whole different thing. And you don't need to add any polish iwth every new load, that only makes for a lot of dried polish dust.

    It can be okay to add polish and brass at the same time but it's sure not a good idea. It can easily collect in a case and cause a clump too! Better to add any liquid polish first and run the thing for 15-20 minutes to let it mix well before adding cases.
     
  20. Maligator

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    I put the polish in the media and turn on the tumbler for about 3-5 mins. I then take off the lid and see if there are any clumps...if there are then I squish them between my fingers and rub the excess in the other dry media. I usually only add polish to new media as the walnut and corn cob mix I use soaks it in.

    P.S. I also use latex gloves when handling my brass, used tumbler media and such. Not paranoid but also not wanting to put any more lead into my system than I do already. ;)
     
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    Why not? The wax is what coats the brass protecting it from tarnishing. Have used the green bottle Turtle Wax with great results and no bad experience. In fact I've even tried the paste cleaner waxes,and they work also, just harder to break down in the tumbler. As I stated most any auto cleaner polish/wax will work, personnally I think most use way to much polish in their media. I use a 20/40 grit corncob media "which is very fine" and it currently has about 1 tablespoon of polish in it. There have been a few thousand cases thru it so far, and still working good.
     
  22. Walkalong

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    Same here. I use Midways polish and Graingers corncob. It will even get the brown cases clean unless they are really badly stained.
     
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    I'll have to try all of your recommendations!
    One thing I do is hang a small vacuum hose over an overhead pipe over the stud on the top of the vibratory cleaner and keep it just low enough to not pick up media.

    Wire the pipe with mechanics wire and I run the vacuum on a heavy-duty timer along with the cleaner so they both shut off at the same time.

    I can run it for five hours without a speck of dust on my workbech. I do it with the RCBS Vibratory Cleaner Top completely removed.
     
  24. Noveldoc

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    Thanks for the leads guys.

    I just ran 100 mixed 45 and 44 Mag cases in fresh RCBS walnut media. Added 2 tbsp of Turtle Wax paste auto scratch remover/polish. After just 90 minutes, awesome! Brass was so bright I had to use shades.

    Guess I'll just have to snort my Brasso straight up. ;-)

    Tom
     
  25. rfwobbly

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    I'm better now

    I once was using Nu-Finish and left the tumbler ON over night by mistake. On opening the tumbler lid I was temporarily blinded and had to wear sun glasses and walk with a white cane for several days.

    Be careful. :rolleyes:
     
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