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Household cleaners

bpostbpost Member Posts: 32,221 ✭✭✭✭
I am looking for household type stuff to soak tarnished brass in to remove the tarnish, I can then polish it in the tumbler.

What house hold chemicals will clean brass yet not damage it like ammonia does???? Will running it in the dishwasher do the trick?

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  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 12,881 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Here's a link you might find useful:

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?t=83572
    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • bpostbpost Member Posts: 32,221 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks Rocky, you are two for two helping me out this week!
  • dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    There were some posts about using vinegar a while back.
  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 12,881 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You're welcome. I guess even gun writers are good for something, huh?

    Yea, and you sure write well too!!!! [:D]
    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • jonkjonk Member Posts: 10,121
    edited November -1
    Citric acid, or white vinegar/water mix; or 1 bottle of no-drip coffee cleaner solution mixed with a gallon of water.

    These will remove tarnish but will all leave a slightly red tint to the brass. It then buffs off pretty quickly once tumbled.
  • gregoryhart1gregoryhart1 Member Posts: 518 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've used denture cleaner with vatying degrees of success.
    GH1[:)]
  • BHAVINBHAVIN Member Posts: 3,490 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Dill Pickle juice. It works much better than straight vinegar. Soak for about 3 minutes, rinse with hot water, dry and tumble. I have taken brass that was completely tarnished and made it look very close to new. Old family secret that has been used for at least 60 years in my family.[;)]
  • mrbrucemrbruce Member Posts: 3,374
    edited November -1
    TOB--check this stuff out, it does a super job on cleaning any condition your brass can get into....
    http://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.com/
  • BHAVINBHAVIN Member Posts: 3,490 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    MRBRUCE, that looks great until I see that I have to buy a new tumbler. To bad I would try it if I could use the tumblers I have.
  • gknaka2gknaka2 Member Posts: 461 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Where do you see that you need a special tumbler for the s/s/ media?
  • Hawk CarseHawk Carse Member Posts: 4,320 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    A friend wore out a Lyman vibratory tumbler in short order with a load of wet ceramic media. The rotary is more durable with such a heavy load.
  • shoff14shoff14 Member Posts: 11,994 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by gknaka2
    Where do you see that you need a special tumbler for the s/s/ media?


    You have to use a rotary type tumbler, not a vibratory tumbler like most "reloading" tumblers. Steel media is little cylinder type media of various sizes. It doesn't work very good in a vibratory tumbler. You put some water, your parts, and media in a rotor tumbler and it works pretty well. I haven't done brass, but machined parts, it works great.
  • shoff14shoff14 Member Posts: 11,994 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Hawk Carse
    A friend wore out a Lyman vibratory tumbler in short order with a load of wet ceramic media. The rotary is more durable with such a heavy load.


    If it was an industrial tumbler, he would have been fine. But lets be honest here, a $50-$60 tumbler is no match for a $1000 + tumbler.
  • gknaka2gknaka2 Member Posts: 461 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have heard of folks that have used clothes washers and dryers for tumbling. Perhaps a nice front loading machine with one of those zip up clothes bags for delicates (the really fine mesh ones) filled with the media would do the trick.
  • mrbrucemrbruce Member Posts: 3,374
    edited November -1
    The problem with the SS pins and a vibratory is the heavy pins will end up on the bottom doing no good at all.. Use them with a tumbler and it gets really good at what it does...
  • gesshotsgesshots Member Posts: 15,683 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Kosher salt & warm vinegar - [about 4 tbs. salt to a qt. of 5%vinegar] - let soak 4 - 5 mins. then strain and rinse with hot water.
    I suspect this is why BHAVIN's dill brine works well.
    This a very old formula for cleaning brass or copper.
    On other items the solution can be mixed with flour to form a paste;
    then let dry and polish with a soft cloth. Be careful not to get near any steel or other ferrous metal. Rinse & dry well.
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  • JustCJustC Member Posts: 16,055 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    CLR (calcium lime rust) soak them in that and water.
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