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Old December 17, 2001, 05:03 PM   #1
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Tarn-X to clean brass

I have some really weathered 45 acp and 40 s&w brass laying around. Found some tarn-X in the cupboard and wondered if this stuff can be used on brass or will it damage it like ammonia does.
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Old December 17, 2001, 07:17 PM   #2
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http://www.jelmar.com/product.asp?id=3#FAQ

Short answer is don't.
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Old December 17, 2001, 08:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info, the Tarn-x goes back in the cupboard.
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Old December 18, 2001, 08:44 AM   #4
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How about Vinegar?

I tried a small portion of my brass with vinegar and boy did they come out clean after tumbling for half the time.

Did I do something I shouldn't of here? Vinegar is just really weak acid and my father and I have used muratic acid all the time to clean brass impellers on pumps.
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Old December 19, 2001, 12:32 AM   #5
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Nopers, years back the american rifleman posted an article in their magazine. it told the way to clean the brass was cider vinegar but their post said to add a couple of tablespoons of salt DON'T DO IT It will turn your brass a salmon color. Just stir the brass around then wash it in clear water to stop the acedic action. then let it dry. luck hotdog
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Old December 19, 2001, 05:49 PM   #6
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The same source, The American Rifleman, recommended a 10 % (w/v) solution of citric acid for case cleaning.

Frankly, this was about 20 years ago, and with the advent of case polishing products, such as those from Dillon, which clean the dirtiest cases, and leave a protective coating on the case, I haven't used any citric acid in a very long time. I just pour some case cleaner into the walnut shell media in the tumbler.

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Old December 19, 2001, 11:35 PM   #7
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Maybe I could use some of these spare holiday grapefruits' juice to clean some brass.
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Old December 20, 2001, 02:28 PM   #8
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Slickpuppy, do you think putting a fruitcake in the tumbler would help the grapefruit juice to clean the brass? I can't think of any other use for this fruitcake.
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Old December 20, 2001, 03:06 PM   #9
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Those fruitcakes are so hard they might mash the brass. Don't know if the juice would help!
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