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Old March 25th, 2017, 08:07 PM   #1
 
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Is there a way to restore brass?

I mistakenly thought that a rotary tumbler (the kind with the steel pins) would clean brass better than my vibratory tumbler, so I purchased one from Franklin Arsenal. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that this type of tumbler leaves the brass dull and discolored. (See photo)



Does anyone know of a way to restore the color and sheen to this brass? I'm thinking of putting it in the vibratory tumbler with some Nu Finish to see if that works, but wanted to hear from the experts first.

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Corn cob media with brass polish in a vibrating tumbler should make it all nice and shiny again.
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Or a can of brasso and a polishing cloth.
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I don't know what you're using for cleaning solution but it ain't right. Mine comes out better than new. I use Lyman Turbo case clean in my Franklin tumbler. Its your cleaner or method not the machine.
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Pam give a little more information on how you tried to clean that brass. Did you just put in the tumbler with the SS pins, or did you use a liquid cleaner also. If you did. what was it.

Pam there is a cheap way you can make that brass shine like new brass. If your rotary tumbler is the type that is leak proof using a liquid. Go to your grocery store and buy powder "Limi Shine" and some Dawn detergent. Fill your tumbler about 1/2 t0 3/4 full of brass. Drop in one teaspoon of Limi Shine and about 1 teaspoon of dawn detergent. Fill the tumbler with hot water and close it up and tumble for about 2-3 hours. You do not need to put in the stainless steel pins since you have already tumbled the brass with the steel pins and only need to shine up the brass. In the future you can use the Lemi shine and Dawn with the steel pins and hot water to clean dirty brass.
After tumbling, pour out the liquid and rinse the brass cases several times with fresh water to remove all traces of the Limi shine and dawn detergent. Put the case on a old towel out in the sun to allow them to fully dry. You will swear they are brand new cases.
If you deprime the case prior to tumbling, the Lemi Shine will even clean out the carbon in the primer pockets. It will also clean the interior of the cases . There is videos on "You Tube" showing how to use Lemi shine to clean brass cases. You will also find videos on You Tube on how to maintain your new Dillon 550 press to keep it running in top performance.

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As they've stated, my rotary tumbler cleans far better than the vibrating media tumbler. I don't use it every time since it's more work, but side by side comparison the brass from it is much brighter than media tumbling.
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I use steel pins with water and Limi-Shine and they come out looking like new. Much better than vibratory cleaners. Put'em back in and try again for about 1-2 hours. I also de-prime my brass to get the primer pockets clean.
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Never used the steel pins, but I tumble mine in a rotary tumbler with crushed walnut hulls and car polish, and they come out shiny. I think the nu finish and walnut hulls will fix those right up. What kind of cleaner did you use?
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I use the vibratory tumbler with lizard litter and Cabela's brass polish.

About 3 hours in the tumbler does the trick.

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Pam give a little more information on how you tried to clean that brass. Did you just put in the tumbler with the SS pins, or did you use a liquid cleaner also. If you did. what was it.

Pam there is a cheap way you can make that brass shine like new brass. If your rotary tumbler is the type that is leak proof using a liquid. Go to your grocery store and buy powder "Limi Shine" and some Dawn detergent. Fill your tumbler about 1/2 t0 3/4 full of brass. Drop in one teaspoon of Limi Shine and about 1 teaspoon of dawn detergent. Fill the tumbler with hot water and close it up and tumble for about 2-3 hours. You do not need to put in the stainless steel pins since you have already tumbled the brass with the steel pins and only need to shine up the brass. In the future you can use the Lemi shine and Dawn with the steel pins and hot water to clean dirty brass.
After tumbling, pour out the liquid and rinse the brass cases several times with fresh water to remove all traces of the Limi shine and dawn detergent. Put the case on a old towel out in the sun to allow them to fully dry. You will swear they are brand new cases.
If you deprime the case prior to tumbling, the Lemi Shine will even clean out the carbon in the primer pockets. It will also clean the interior of the cases . There is videos on "You Tube" showing how to use Lemi shine to clean brass cases. You will also find videos on You Tube on how to maintain your new Dillon 550 press to keep it running in top performance.
Thanks HBK,

When I first got the Lyman Tumbler, I put this load of brass (in the picture) in with the packet of cleaner that was provided with the tumbler. When it went in, it was fairly shiny, just dirty. When it came out, it was as dull and discolored as pictured.

So I ran it again, using the Dawn and Lemi Shine that everyone recommends. I was hoping they'd come out shiny, but they came out just as bad, if not worse. That's when I took the picture.

My vibratory tumbler did a much better job of making the used brass look shiny than this rotary tumbler does.

It's probably the crappy water I have where I live.
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Never used the steel pins, but I tumble mine in a rotary tumbler with crushed walnut hulls and car polish, and they come out shiny. I think the nu finish and walnut hulls will fix those right up. What kind of cleaner did you use?
Dawn and Lemi Shine. That seems to be what everyone recommends.
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To much Lemi shine will make brass dull.
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To much Lemi shine will make brass dull.
That's interesting. You'd think it'd be the other way around.
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I ran a small batch through the rotary tumbler for two hours with nothing but Lemi Shine and not stainless pins, and they came out with a satin sheen. Still not as shiny as new brass, but better than the first time with the Frankford cleaning solution, and the second time with the Dawn and Lemi Shine combination.

I'm going to have to figure out a way to make this thing worth the $$$$ I paid for it.

Thanks everyone for all the advice.

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Pam they have a saying about using Lemi Shine for cleaning brass. A little is far better then a lot. Try the level teaspoon with a full load. If not shinnying enough, try 3/4 of a teaspoon until you find the right amount for your needs. Yes the water can have some effect on the outcome. Using hot water also seems to speed up the cleaning process.
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