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Which Lemishine

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Poconolg, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. Poconolg

    Poconolg Member

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    I live in northeast PA. When I got my wet tumbler last year I bought Lemishine in the supermarket and it worked great. Now I need more so I went back to the same store but the don't sell it anymore. Went to 3 other stores and Walmart no Lemishine. At Walmart online they have a few different ones but not the one I have used. Which Lemishine should I get?
     
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  2. lordpaxman

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    Any citric acid will do. I got a 5# bag of food grade citric acid on Amazon for about 15$ delivered and expect it’ll outlast me. Good luck.
     
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  3. Bayou52

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    This is the current Lemi-Shine packaging:

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    The packaging has undergone changes through the years.
     
  4. CQB45ACP

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    First primers and powders, now Lemishine. These are the end times.
     
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    OK...I'm gonna say it:

    "Well, I've been through two shortages now, and when I saw the third one coming I stocked up. I've got enough Lemishine to last me till doomsday...."
     
  6. whughett

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    In a pinch I’ve used lemon juice from the large bottles of juice found in the food stores, there’s one in my fridge for cooking. Not as good as citric acid but I’m not looking for new brass shiny however.
     
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    In a pinch you can substitute almost any weak acid. Hell if your really stuck use soda water, the carbonic acid is enough.
     
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  9. kmw1954

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    That's the one I bought and have been using. Got it at Walmart maybe 3 years ago and still have 1/3 of a jar so I'm not going to fret about cost as this is really insignificant at this point.
     
  10. Average Joe

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    Lemishine works because of the citric acid in it. Why pay for Lemishine for only 10% citric acid, when you can buy just citric acid on the web and get the real deal ?
     
  11. kmw1954

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    Alternately why go to the web and oder it and wait when I can just as easily pick it up while I am at the store? Again 1 a jar has lasted me over 3 years so exactly how much do I need to buy and keep on hand? Sorry but this topic of what, where, and how much to buy is pure silliness to me.
     
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  12. PWC

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    Anyone try vinegar?
     
  13. FROGO207

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    As I am cheap, really cheap. I got a 2 LB bag on line. Split it with a friend and he paid about what 3/4 of it cost me and said it was a deal. Won't need anymore for about 5 years now. Vinegar will work but it turns out weaker and costs more in the long run.
     
  14. IowaBob

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    I've found it at Home Depot, in the cleaning products isle, although it's been 6-12 months since I bought any there.
     
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    I use citric acid. As mentioned cheap form Amazon
    (various gun charities to chose from if you use Amazon Smile)

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=citric+acid&ref=nb_sb_noss

    As mentioned above 5lb for $15, 5 lbs will last a while unless you are doing LOTS of brass. (2lbs was $10 so I spent another $5 for 3 more lbs more)......
    The citric acid is what you are getting from the Lemi Shine
     
  16. Poconolg

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    Is the Lemishine Booster shown in the picture liquid or powder? If a powder how much do you use? Thanks
     
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  17. kmw1954

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    In a 2# peanut jar half full of water I add about a heaping teaspoon, this has the consistency of course sugar.
     
  18. Bayou52

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    With Lemi-Shine, more is not better. Too much will actually darken the brass. For my Thumler's model B, I use 1/4 - 1/2 TSP along with an ounce of auto wash and wax. Delivers a jewelry like shine to the brass.

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  19. CQB45ACP

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    Is that true? I don’t mean are you lying but really, more darkens the brass? Explains a lot. I need to pay more attention when I add it.
     
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  20. Bayou52

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    Yes, that is true. Too much Lemi-Shine will darken brass. More is not better in this case.

    Bayou52
     
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    Too much lemi-shine would turn brass pinkish color. I had that happen to a bunch.
     
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  22. George P

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    Not if you get the stuff from the home stores. You can get vinegar upwards of 30% acidity (actually should be called acetic acid and not vinegar)
     
  23. rfwobbly

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    Sacrilege !

    I prefer to go all-natural and have beautiful women crush fresh lemons with their bare feet.

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    :)
     

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  24. splattergun

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    you beat me to it
     
  25. whughett

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    Not a chemist but I think vinegar is the wrong “acid”.
    Navy guys who ever pulled mess duty may remember shining brass with ketchup.
    @rfwobbly, those ladies are crushing grapes I believe. ;)
    Lemi shine in excess will pull the zinc in the brass out of alloy.
     
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