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Thread: Oxyclean and wet tumbling

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    Oxyclean and wet tumbling

    Was tumbling some brass today.
    While waiting for the water to get hot, saw a tub of Oxyclean.
    Stuff works good, so I thought why not try some.
    9mm shell full, same as the Lemi shine and liquid car wax.
    Let it run for about two hours.
    NOT GOOD!!!!!!
    It left some kind of film on the shells.
    Didn't get all that clean.
    Retumbled with only Lemi shine and car wax, and it came out fine.
    So Qxyclean didn't work.
    But I had to try.

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    Thanks for the test.

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    Thanks for the test.

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    I appreciate the update. My wife has some by the sink and I thought about using it a couple of times.

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    Oxyclean breaks down into washing soda and oxygen when wet. A sure fire way to tarnish brass while tumbling it.

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    Thanks. Sometimes the "really good stuff" ain't so good for other uses...
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    Now we know. Thanks for posting what didn't work out. All too often it's considered not worth posting, but it will save others the effort.

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    Kinda wondered about that stuff. Thanks for beta testing that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    It left some kind of film on the shells. Didn't get all that clean. Retumbled with only Lemi shine and car wax, and it came out fine. So Qxyclean didn't work. But I had to try.
    Your cases weren't "all that clean" or just didn't have a highly polished shine?

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    They were not as clean and shiny as normal.
    Kind of a greasy feel to it.
    After I re-did them, all was good.

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    Thank you abunaitoo for the information. I'm in the middle of building my own tumbler because I don't like the looks of commercial units. They mostly look cheap and I don't know about how long they will last. Besides that I have all of the materials (in spades) to do tinkering in my shop. I had given some thought to oxy-clean in the tumbler. Glad you posted the info, it will save me time in not repeating your results.

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    So far I've had the best luck with Lemi shine and the liquid car wash/wax.
    Don't remember what brand wash/wax it was.
    Was so old the roaches ate the lable.
    It's purple.
    Use a 9mm shell as a measure.
    One of lemi shine, two of wash/wax.
    Depending on how clean i want the brass, two hours tumbling.
    At least that's how I do it.
    Trying to gather parts to make a drier for the shells.

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