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plasticman 05-13-2009 02:19 AM

Give this a try
I know that 10WD40 works great for removing the grime off of handgun and rifle cartridges. So I sprayed my media with the 10WD40 and tumbled a few shells just too see what happens. Like to report that the shells came out nice and shiny and very clean. This will save time as the 10WD40 breaks down the grime alot faster then just the dry media. Give it a try! ;)

Please note * Do not over spray the media. Just a lite coat over the top. Thats all you need.

1hole 05-13-2009 12:36 PM



robocop10mm 05-13-2009 01:41 PM

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plasticman 05-29-2009 02:26 AM

oh crap.... I mean wd40 sorry LOL

I gotta put the booze down when Im on the internet :D

1hole 05-29-2009 12:01 PM


Originally Posted by plasticman (Post 110477)
oh crap.... I mean wd40 sorry LOL :D

OKAY, I know what that is!

You can also add an ounce or so of mineral spirits/oderless paint thinner to the media just before you toss the cases in. Cheaper, same effect.

TXnorton 05-29-2009 12:07 PM

Be very careful with adding any volatile fluids in your tumbler. Be sure the additives do not generate any combustible vapors. The electrical works in the tumblers are not rated for hazardous areas, and COULD result in a explosion or fire!


Going Postal 05-29-2009 06:21 PM

I reuse my media over and over so I would be kind of leary of putting something like WD40 or mineral spirits into the media. Every once in a while, I pour in a very small amount of Lyman Media Rejuvinator and that seems to do the trick. It is like Brylcreme - a little dab will do ya!:D:D

1hole 05-30-2009 01:31 PM

No one suggested using gasoline. Neither WD-40 nor mineral spirits are very volatile, the "fumes" from the liquids themselve will not ignite easily.

Tumbler motors are induction, not bushed, so no sparks are produced. Few tumblers have internal switches and those that do are well shielded.

The suggested mild solvents DO help cut case residue and the case cleaning WILL be faster. Fears of a sudden flash fire from using either are on the level of death by the flash floods of Global Warming.

hunter Joe 05-30-2009 01:57 PM

The fact is that WD40 is great for removing adhesive tape goop and WD40 will take the bluing of your firearm and the stain out of the stock. A can of WD40 should never come within 30 feet of a firearm. I have witness the effects of WD40 on some older firearms and it ain't pretty. Do your firearms a favor and use Rem oil or some other lube made for firearms. I understand that this post is about reloading so this is just a word of caution.

RL357Mag 05-30-2009 02:06 PM

I wouldn't use any non-reloading type additive to the media. Non-industry additives may affect ignition, burn rate, and chemical composition of powders/primers. Tumbling cases is done to REMOVE residue. Adding oily substances to the media actually DEPOSITS residue, even though you may not see or feel it. I have found over the years that additives, even approved additives, make the media "clump" over time and even allow it to bind to the inside of cases, making it a chore to remove. Fresh media works better than old media with an additive.

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