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Old 12-07-2017, 8:54 AM
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Which product are you guys using for cleaning your brass.
I see there are several types

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Old 12-07-2017, 8:57 AM
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Just a small amount of lemi shine, like literally just a pinch as if you were seasoning some food, and turtle wax (it's called zip wax) which is a car wash soap /wax cleaner you can get at pep boys or other automotive stores usually. I add like a teaspoon into the wet tumbler, and the tumbler is half loaded.

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Also check out my thread in the reloading section sub forum. Other people have chimed in too with what they use.

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Just a small amount of lemi shine, like literally just a pinch as if you were seasoning some food, and turtle wax (it's called zip wax) which is a car wash soap /wax cleaner you can get at pep boys or other automotive stores usually. I add like a teaspoon into the wet tumbler, and the tumbler is half loaded.

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Do you recommend this over Dawn?

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Which product are you guys using for cleaning your brass.
I see there are several types

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I use a 9mm case filled with Citric Acid (got it at Walmart) and a small squirt of Dawn in my Frankford Arsenal wet tumbler with stainless steel pins.

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Do you recommend this over Dawn?

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People like to use a "wax and wash" over dawn because they feel like the wax in detergent will leave a protective coating VS leaving the brass extremely clean which could possibly tarnish with some moisture.
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Seems like it's been working better than dawn, so yes this is what I would recommend, it also has wax to help lock in the metal so that it doesn't tarnish as fast.

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I use a bit more Lemi Shine (.45ACP case) for about 1k cases (usually .38spl) in a F.A.R.T. and leave out the stainless pins...just makes the whole process quicker.

While Dawn has been the long standing favorite, I've had better luck with ArmorAll Wash & Wax. Besides prolonging the polish, I find that the extra slickness makes the cases easier to process...Dawn leaves the cases too clean.

I'm only tumbling 1-1.5 hours and not letting the cases sit in the dirty water
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Citric acid and Palmolive antibacterial. Works for me.
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I use a touch of lemi shine (as mentioned, around a 9mm case full) and some cheapo dish washing liquid which is not sold anymore called "Crystal White" (by palmolive).

I actually found Dawn would leave black stuff on the cases which may or may not be the rubber liner dissolved by the Dawn. That's just a theory.

I tried armor all car wash, but felt that it left the cases a bit greasy feeling.

Keep in mind I might just not be rinsing the brass well enough.

I used citric acid as well (and have a lot of it) but one day found Lemi-shine in the 50% discount bin at Safeway and bought like 6 bottles of it, so I use that instead. Seems to work a little better, but that may just be my imagination.
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I tried armor all car wash, but felt that it left the cases a bit greasy feeling.
That is what make the cases easier to process

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Keep in mind I might just not be rinsing the brass well enough.
...well, that would be the other explanation
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9mm case full of lemi-shine and a squirt (maybe a tablespoon or so ) of dawn with hot water. Always comes out like fresh white gold brass. Store your brass in a an air tight container. Add a desiccant pack to keep moisture out. No tarnish issues.
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It appears none of you actually read my question.
Lemi Shine has several different products on the market.
What I as is which one you guys use.
I did not ask for alternatives.
I have read all of them already.
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It appears none of you actually read my question.
Lemi Shine has several different products on the market.
What I as is which one you guys use.
I did not ask for alternatives.
I have read all of them already.
Oh haha, I didn't realize there was more than one version of lemi shine... But this one is the one I use.

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I use this.

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Thank You gentlemen.
That's what I wanted to know.
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Target runs a deal every once in awhile to get a $5 GC when you buy two or three. Coupons are available at the Lemi Shine site too.
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People like to use a "wax and wash" over dawn because they feel like the wax in detergent will leave a protective coating VS leaving the brass extremely clean which could possibly tarnish with some moisture.
I’m in this camp. Meguiars cleaner wax in a Lyman tumbler with walnut media for me. Always gets the brass clean (pic attached).
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I think what needs to be defined is "Cleaned" vs "Polished" tumbled brass. My method is to clean with a detergent (and walnut media), then size the brass, remove sizing wax by polishing (with corn cob media) with a wax additive to have polished, ready to load brass.

There is a difference in yellow gold and white gold!!
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