What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

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What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by DavidABQ » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:13 pm

I am running out of Wenol metal polish that I used to use on my motorcycles.

What brand of polish does the collective here like to use?


Has anyone have good luck at chucking up pieces of brass in a drill to make the polishing go quicker?

I am thinking that if I get a larger drill I will be able to fit the case base in the drill and polish the cases quicker.

This doing it by hand is taking waaaaayyyyy too much time.

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Post by xpilot » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:55 pm

This doing it by hand is taking waaaaayyyyy too much time.
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IMHO, doing it at all takes too much time............

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by jbolt » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:37 pm

if you want your brass bright, after the tumbling/cleaning cycle(s), change the water and add a few drops of dish soap and a 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Tumble for another 30-60 minutes.

I used to do that but came to the conclusion I really don't care if the brass looks shiny new. Clean is good enough.

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by Another Dang 9 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:02 pm

I'm still using the corn cob with polish added. Not that it matters how shiny it is. But it does help take off the case lube after sizing. Which is the only reason I do it.
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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by DavidABQ » Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:11 am

jbolt wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:37 pm
if you want your brass bright, after the tumbling/cleaning cycle(s), change the water and add a few drops of dish soap and a 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Tumble for another 30-60 minutes.

I used to do that but came to the conclusion I really don't care if the brass looks shiny new. Clean is good enough.
You don't rub down each case with automotive metal polish? :-o

You just tumble some more with soap and vinegar? :-o :-s :-s

Crap! :evil:

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by Doodaddy » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:17 am

I throw mine in a tumbler with crushed walnut from a lizard terrarium bag and forget about it for a couple or three days. It's a little dusty, but wiping off dust and blowing out the inside is a lot easier than what it sounds like you're going through.
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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by jbolt » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:31 am

DavidABQ wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:11 am
jbolt wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:37 pm
if you want your brass bright, after the tumbling/cleaning cycle(s), change the water and add a few drops of dish soap and a 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Tumble for another 30-60 minutes.

I used to do that but came to the conclusion I really don't care if the brass looks shiny new. Clean is good enough.
You don't rub down each case with automotive metal polish? :-o

You just tumble some more with soap and vinegar? :-o :-s :-s

Crap! :evil:
I'm not sure I have ever owned any automotive metal polish. :D

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by DavidABQ » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:37 am

Enough of that silliness. I am just going to tumble my brass with some water and dish soap. No more metal polish, drills and polishing rags for me.

I just hope that I am measuring out the powder correctly.

Small bore is so much easier to shoot. Just buy and shoot.

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by jbolt » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:15 am

DavidABQ wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:37 am
Enough of that silliness. I am just going to tumble my brass with some water and dish soap. No more metal polish, drills and polishing rags for me.

I just hope that I am measuring out the powder correctly.

Small bore is so much easier to shoot. Just buy and shoot.
I find the concentrated de-greasers work very well for breaking down the powder residue and rinse off well. Dish soap is not as effective for that but seems to help the brightening step when used in small amounts with vinegar. Too much dish soap leads to lots of suds which is a pain to rinse.

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by Another Dang 9 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:24 pm

Try using dish soap like that used in dish washers. Cascade or the like. Its low sudding unlike regular dish soap and it'll be lemon fresh!! :))
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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by Snake » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:52 am

Its way easier to tumble in corn cob media with powdered jeweler's rouge added in (about 2tsp)....Clean and shiny ;)

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by DavidABQ » Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:39 pm

Snake wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:52 am
Its way easier to tumble in corn cob media with powdered jeweler's rouge added in (about 2tsp)....Clean and shiny ;)
Maybe but I already have one of the Thumbler Tumbers now. Maybe when it wears out.

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by Ojaileveraction » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:11 pm

DavidABQ wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:13 pm

Has anyone have good luck at chucking up pieces of brass in a drill to make the polishing go quicker?

I am thinking that if I get a larger drill I will be able to fit the case base in the drill and polish the cases quicker.

This doing it by hand is taking waaaaayyyyy too much time.
I use the Lee case trimmer for 35Rem. The shell holder chucks into a drill.
You can trim, chamffer, debur, and shine without having to take it out of the drill.

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by Jerry G » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:47 am

A few minutes in a 10% CLR solution cleans them just fine. Clean is good.......... shiney is a waste of time.

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Re: What is your favorite metal polish to polish cases with?

Post by OldRanger » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:58 am

When I tumble my brass wet with steel pins I put in a couple drops of dawn, and a squirt of lemi-shine. They come out clean and fairly shiny.

Hand polishing....geeze dave I think you may have too much time on your hands!
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