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Old 01-11-2017, 01:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is a good product for cleaning brass by just dipping in a solution??? Not looking for a caustic acid. Something safe and does it need a neutralizer after dipped and what is it. I can not wipe with any kind of polish. Thanks in advance.

I was thinking something like jewelry cleaner.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dip it in Brasso polish? I think there's a liquid version that would do it, but I'm pretty sure you still want to wipe or polish it, perhaps with a small buffing attachment on a dremel type tool?

Also, a fairly simple alcohol cleaning solution in an ultrasonic cleaner should work too, but it won't shine it up very much.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Vinegar (1/4 cup) and salt (1 "T" spoon) will work on copper may give it a try, use a non conductive bowl.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Easy Magic "No Mix" Solution Options:

Cover with ketchup for 20 to 30 minutes


Soak in coke for 2 to 3 hours


experiment with other acidic solutions (lemon juice, bar keepers friend, CLR).

A good rinse with clean water (and then hand drying (don't use heat to dry)) should be adequate after "cleaning" with any of the above.

If the magic solutions don't do it for you and the parts are small, consider investing in a cheap tumbler from HF and some crushed walnut shell. Let the machine do the work for you.

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Old 01-11-2017, 07:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Look up lemi shine. It's for dishwashers, reloaders use it to clean brass cartridge cases. I use a lot of it and rinse with dish soap and waterfront clean water. Gun powder is a chemical so you can't be adding other chemicals to the mix so to speak. I tumble my brass but many do not, they just use lemi shine. It's $3-4 a jar at the Walmart here.

Just google lemi shine brass clean up, polish, or whatever you want. It will take you to lots of discussions on it.

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Old 01-11-2017, 02:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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When in the navy, and in a pinch, we use Tabasco sauce to shine brass... 'course it does require rubbing it on, rubbing the brass a bit and then wiping it off... you wanted a dip and now wipe, so guess Tabasco is actually out.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What's the reason you are unable to use polish?
The most effective method, is to use a jewelers or greaseless rouge with either a puff or string wheel, using no pressure on the wheel. Just lightly touch the ends of the strings and rotate toward the wheel. Using that motion, is less abrasive.
The other products made for dipping, don't give the bright appearance of the brass, but seems a little dull looking to me.
I hope you find a method that works for you.
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What about using a Ultrasonic Jewelry cleaner?
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