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Brass Polish?
« on: December 10, 2008, 02:42:08 am »
I wet clean my brass, which sometimes leaves it spotty, even if its clean.  I'd like to polish a few of them (the Lapua and Norma for my 6.5 Swedish and 7.62X54R) without harming the brass.  Anything with ammonia is out, which eliminates Brasso.  Anyone have suggestions?

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    Re: Brass Polish?
    « Reply #1 on: December 10, 2008, 07:54:04 am »
    I don't remember the name of the product(s) but there are special tumbler polishes you can get in the reloading supplies section of stores and online dealers.  I've been using some Frankford Arsenal tumbler polish and I think it works pretty well.  Put a couple of spoonfuls into the tumbler and let it run empty for about 10-15 minutes to mix it up.  That much polish is good for at least several loads.

    One other tip I would consider is to use a mix of tumbling media.  I use a mix of the corncob stuff and the crushed walnut.  From what I've read, the walnut is better at cleaning but the corncob is better at polishing.  Also, if you use a dryer sheet (fabric softener) in the tumbler I think it may extend the life of your tumbling media by pulling out a lot of the dirt that would otherwise accumulate on your media.  I haven't replaced my tumbler media in a looong time, I just add some more polish when it seems to not be as effective at cleaning and polishing the brass anymore.

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    « Reply #2 on: December 10, 2008, 05:49:52 pm »
    I use car polish in my cob media, works real well. Good idea on mixing the media, never thought of that!

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    « Reply #3 on: December 10, 2008, 06:56:55 pm »
    On the dryer sheets-

    1. USED ones only.
    2.  Cut into 1" squares for best results.

    I have found them to work VERY well.
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    « Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008, 11:29:01 am »
    On the dryer sheets-

    1. USED ones only.
    2.  Cut into 1" squares for best results.

    I have found them to work VERY well.

    What happens if you put in new ones? 

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    « Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008, 08:37:15 pm »
    I use walnut hull media from Pet-Smart. When I change my media, I put in a couple of teaspoons of Simoniz white rubbing compound.

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    Re: Brass Polish?
    « Reply #6 on: December 12, 2008, 12:05:12 pm »
    I don't have a tumbler-I use an ultrasonic wet cleaner.  The amount of brass I want to have shiny and gleaming is small--maybe a hundred pieces out of thousands, so a bit of cleaner, a rag, and some elbow grease will be the means of application.  Any suggestions?

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    Re: Brass Polish?
    « Reply #7 on: December 12, 2008, 11:09:24 pm »
    Flitz or Semi_Chrome should do the job. Don't know if either has ammonia or not.

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    « Reply #8 on: December 14, 2008, 01:08:24 am »
    Flitz has ammonia.

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    « Reply #9 on: December 14, 2008, 11:38:37 am »
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    What happens if you put in new ones?

    Feel them.  A new one still has all the fabric softening agents imbedded, and is a lot less absorbent.
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    « Reply #10 on: December 22, 2008, 01:54:40 am »
    I swear by Dillon Rapid polish in my half walnut, half corn media.  It's worked very well for me and gets the brass bright and shiny after about an hour of tumbling.  Oh, and if you happen to use any kind of sifter to separate the brass, you'll want to cover your nose and mouth as the dust particles can sometimes be intense from the carbon and media. 

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    « Reply #11 on: December 22, 2008, 02:41:07 am »
       Walnut hulls crushed (pet supplies) and NuFinish car polish to clean
       Corn Cob and NuFinish to polish   I also add the dryer sheets that
       pick up the dust and carbon dust and extends the life of the media

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    « Reply #12 on: January 16, 2009, 09:14:59 am »
    +1 on NuFinish body polish and cob media. I have tried many different polishes with cob media and adding one or two cap fulls of this polish to the media provides excellent results.

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    « Reply #13 on: January 19, 2009, 02:51:15 pm »
       Walnut hulls crushed (pet supplies) and NuFinish car polish to clean
       Corn Cob and NuFinish to polish   I also add the dryer sheets that
       pick up the dust and carbon dust and extends the life of the media

    This works great for me too.  I only put the NuFinish in when the media is new to keep the dust down.

    Also found that the tumbler also makes all the difference in the world.  Had a Franklin Arsenal that died after a year and replaced it with a Hornady and it is 10 times better than the FA was. 

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    « Reply #14 on: February 19, 2009, 12:26:48 am »
    Be careful with ultrasonic cleaners as they will remove metal.
    Try putting a piece of tin foil in one for the time used to clean your brass then hold it up to the light.
    It'll make you think twice!

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