Polishing brass

Veryolddog

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We used a liquid polish called "Brasso" to polish our belt buckles to the highest possible shine. Army had a lot more brass on their uniforms and they also had to polish their brass to the highest possible shine.
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
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Can you polish your brass after primeing, or between which steps is it best to polish.
@Retread When you say “polish”.. If you are referring to standard brass-cleaning techniques such as tumbling, then, NO. Do your tumbling first. If you really mean “polish”, as with a metal polish such as Flitz or Brasso, then I suppose you COULD, as long as you are careful not to get any chemical around the primer or inside the case. But, why would you want to? Your tumbling technique should be getting your brass plenty shiny.
Generally, I think it’s best to leave the exterior of the case alone once you’re to the point of having the primers installed.
 
@Retread When you say “polish”.. If you are referring to standard brass-cleaning techniques such as tumbling, then, NO. Do your tumbling first. If you really mean “polish”, as with a metal polish such as Flitz or Brasso, then I suppose you COULD, as long as you are careful not to get any chemical around the primer or inside the case. But, why would you want to? Your tumbling technique should be getting your brass plenty shiny.
Generally, I think it’s best to leave the exterior of the case alone once you’re to the point of having the primers installed.
I've been wet tumbling with SS pins,Dawn,and Nu Finish. I was thinking polish might keep the brass from tarnishing.
 

Reb Tyree

Load Data Elibible CZ75B SA
I wet tumble my brass. I started using Highboy's method of adding a little bit of "Car Wash & Wax Soap" to the mixture of "Dawn" dish soap, tiny amount of "Lemi shine." Now my cases come out perfect!

For dry media tumblers, I add a little "Flizt Metal Polish" to the media then run my brass. But Never, Never with live primed brass in a tumbler!

Reb 🙂
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
I've been wet tumbling with SS pins,Dawn,and Nu Finish. I was thinking polish might keep the brass from tarnishing.
I wet tumble, and haven’t had a problem with tarnishing once I got it figured out. At the beginning I was using too much Lemi-Shine, and it was eroding the cases and they would tarnish. My recipe now uses a pinch of Lemi-Shine, and Meguire’s Car Wasn & Wax rather than Dawn. I follow with a rinse with a little distilled water as my local tap water is high-mineral.

In the scenario you are talking about, I would strongly recommend AGAINST trying to polish after priming. You don’t want to run the risk of contaminating those primers.
 

Reb Tyree

Load Data Elibible CZ75B SA
I wet tumble my brass. I started using Highboy's method of adding a little bit of "Car Wash & Wax Soap" to the mixture of "Dawn" dish soap, tiny amount of "Lemi shine." Now my cases come out perfect!

For dry media tumblers, I add a little "Flizt Metal Polish" to the media then run my brass. But Never, Never with live primed brass in a tumbler!

Reb 🙂
Let me clarify my last post.

I now wet tumble my brass in a Frankford Arsenal Rotory Lite Case Tumbler with the stainless steel pins. I was using the Dawn dish soap and Lemi Shine. But I've since switched to using "Highboy's Method" of using Meguire's Wash & Wax car soap and a smaller amount of Lemi Shine. Cases come out clean and shiny.

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