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Post by 45 MIKE on 9/7/2014, 7:55 am

I just got a Frankford tumbler and ran a batch with the cleaner sample pack
that was included and 45 case full of Dawn soap they came out great
but the next batch I used Dawn and Lemi Shine and they came out clean but dull looking
what do you all use. scratch
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Post by Rob Kovach on 9/7/2014, 7:57 am

how much lemishine did you use?
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Post by 45 MIKE on 9/7/2014, 8:17 am

About a Tablespoon to 3.5 Lt. water
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Post by dronning on 9/7/2014, 8:58 am

If you use hot water, remember to rinse with cold water right after tumbling to stop the action of the Lemi Shine.  I have a 3 gal.  Bigdawgtumbler that can handle about 22lbs of brass with 20lbs of media.  I use about 1-1.5 tablespoon of Lemi Shine.  The only time I got dull brass was when I didn't rinse.  I just drained, rinsed, refilled, ran it about another 30 minutes, and everything came out perfect.  Also I deprime first.
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Post by Rob Kovach on 9/7/2014, 9:59 am

That's a good Lemishine tip ^^

Ah, so 15ml Lemishine to 1 Gallon of water....

In the batches I've tumbled, In one batch I used 1 Tablespoon Lemishine, 2 Tablespoons Dawn, 1 Gallon brass 1.5 Gallon water, and that batch turned out a little darker--like a purple sheen on the brass.  I think that is too much lemishine per batch.

My brightest batch 1 used 1 TEASPOON of Lemishine, and all the rest the same.  I ran that batch for 1 hour then dumped out the dirty water.  I refilled the tumbler and instead of dawn, I used 2 tablespoons of a car washing soap that had Carnauba wax in it + one teaspoon of Lemishine.  Not only was that batch brighter, that brass feels smoother and goes through the expander die more easily.
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Lemi Shine Im done

Post by 45 MIKE on 9/7/2014, 6:34 pm

Tried 3 batches of brass with verying amounts of Lemi Shine
and none of them came close to shine that I got with the
Frankford cleaner that came with the tumbler
that stuff made the brass glow like new brass
for 18 bucks for 32oz it is worth it
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