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what polish do you add to your cleaning tumbler media?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by KeithB, Jan 28, 2008.

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  1. KeithB

    KeithB Member

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    About to order some and wonder what is best for the money

    thanks
     
  2. ADKWOODSMAN

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    I use lyman media.
    Never had to add anything.
    It will last for about 2000 cases.
     
  3. ambidextrous1

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    Nu Finish - in the orange plastic flask - from Pep Boys. Add a capful to the media, run for 20 minutes with the lid off, then add brass & proceed as usual.

    Incidentally, that's a bottle capful, not a baseball capful...:uhoh:
     
  4. dakotasin

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    if i add anything it will be some hoppes #9, but rarely do so.
     
  5. aka108

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    In new media just a very small amout of mineral spirits kill the dust. Nothing there after.
     
  6. jmorris

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    Dillon rapid polish
     
  7. ReloaderFred

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    I use Berry's Brass Polish. Most are basically the same, with the exception of the Lyman Turbo Polish, which is dark green and removes tarnish better than most, but doesn't shine as bright.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  8. Quigley

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    Brasso works great!
     
  9. Steve in PA

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    Couple capfuls of Iosso case polish.
     
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    Brasso contains ammonia, not good for your brass altho some say the ammonia evaropates, I'm not sure so I go with the Nu-Finish route mainly because I already had some. I believe any liquid or paste cleaner auto wax would work.
     
  12. wworker

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    I was using NuFinish just because I had it around the house for the past 20 years, needed to use it up.

    Next I tried Brasso and it has done the best so far.

    Either way, I tumble the brass again in plain corn cob media to get the polish off.
     
  13. jcwit

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    Just a question, why take the polish off. I leave it on protects the brass, I guess.
     
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  15. rcmodel

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    Flitz is by far the best I have ever used, but expensive and hard to find.

    But I usually just use Midway, Dillon, or whatever I can find when I run out.

    Do not use Brasso.
    It's great stuff for old GI belt buckles and table lamps, but not for case tumblers.

    The ammonia in it is very bad for brass cartridge cases.

    I also never figured the car wax & mag wheel polish and other stuff was worth fooling around with.

    In the grand scheme of things, using real tumbler polish is not a very large percentage of my reloading costs.

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  16. jcwit

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    Don't knock it if you've never tried it. Most things don't matter in the GRAND SCHEME of things.
     
  17. 345 DeSoto

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    I tried cheapo corn cob bedding from Petsmart with Nufinish added (which isn't a wax or polish). The media was too big and PLUGGED the cases...had to pick the media out of every case :cuss:, but they sparkled. Next I tried finely ground walnut bedding from Petco, with Nufinish. THAT did the trick. Cases sparkle, and the coating on the brass helps prevent tarnish from fingers and the air. I also tumbled finished reloads in the cheapo corn cob/Nufinish, and they cleaned up beautifully, with a nice Nufinish protective coating. I don't think the Nufinish has much to do with the finish on the brass, but I DO beleive that it helps, greatly, to keep the tarnish and crap from the range off the cases when they whack into the ground/mud/etc...FWIW...:D
     
  18. sublimaze41

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    I use Frankford but lately the shine is dull, even with new media. I am thinking about going back to Dillon Rapid polish.

    Like RC said, this is a small part of the reloading cost. I like 'em shining, even the projectiles. I get looks of jealousy at the range when I fire off 100 rounds of HIGHLY polished .44 Mag. Some of them must think I am Donald Trump lighting off all those High-test factory looking rounds.........If they only knew, if they only reloaded.:D
     
  19. Rod B

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    I have been using NuFinish for about two years.

    It works for me.:)
     
  20. KeithB

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    they are just going to get dirty again anyway :cool:
     
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    I had the same problem with oversize corncob. I bought mine from WM. Harbor Freight has ground walnut in 2 grits (use the small) for a good price. Google ground corncob to find a source I found one in Iowa for $40.00 for 50 lb. bag at my door. Again use the small grit.
     
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    I'm currently using lizard grit (fine walnut) and a little Turtle Wax chrome polish.

    Lyman's Tufnut (the red stuff) also works pretty good it you dilute it about 50% with fine crushed corncob. It's too messy to use straight.
     
  23. rodregier

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    Corn cob w/Flitz, Autosol or Mother's Mag Cleaner. Canadian Tire sells (or has sold) Autosol and Mother's. They're all kind of pricy.

    Just bought a 40lb bag of 10/14 mesh corn cob from a Canadian vendor of abrasive media supplies. I'm buying wholesale now :)
     
  24. jenrob

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    I've used the nu-finish. Worked alright but have went back to green rouge and grit-o-cobs ($15 per 40lbs) works a lot better. Cost a little more ok maybe 2-2.5 times the cost but doesnt leave any thing on my brass. I might tumble the brass aftter I have a bunch but useally for only 20-30min to knock anything off of them then I put it up and tumble it for 45min-1.5hrs the day of or maybe 2 days before I'm going to load.
     
  25. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    50/50 mix of finely ground corncob and crushed walnut with one capful of Nu Finish Car Pollish added and allowed to mix before adding brass. Inexpensive, does a good job of cleaning brass and adds a bit extra slickness for resizing, especially pistol, which generally is not lubed. Got the media from the pet store.

    Regards,

    Dave
     
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