Tip for Sticky Gasket to Wet Tumbler Lid

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Bayou, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. Bayou

    Bayou Member

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    Hi, All -

    I've read several posts of people noticing/complaining that the gasket on their wet tumbler drum sticks hard when trying to remove the lid after a tumble. I've had this happen as well.

    A fix for the sticky gasket issue is to apply a thin coat of of Armor-All, or any other brand, of plastic/rubber protectorant to the gasket before cinching down the lid.

    The lid should come off pretty easily afterward. Seems to work for me, at least.
     
  2. Bayou

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    FYI -

    Another poster says silicone spray works great for this issue, too.
     

  3. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Strange problem.:eek:

    I've been "washing" brass in a Thumler's Model B tumbler for 40 years and never had a problem with the rubber gasket sticking. Using warm water and liquid Tide.

    For those who do, are you using new tumblers?? Maybe they've changed the type of rubber in the seal??????????:confused:
     
  4. Bayou

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    Yep -

    My Model B is only 1 1/2 years old. Prior to using a coat of protectorant on the rubber before cinching it down to wet tumble, the gasket would stick pretty hard and the lid had to be pryed off just about.

    Have you had the same tumbler for 40 years? How often do you apply oil to each end of the motor shaft, if you don't mind my asking?
     
  5. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yep. Same one. A drop of machine oil about once per year.

    On about my 10th belt though.:D The silicone "O" rings they use for belts now will outlast the old rubber belts 5-1.
     
  6. Bayou

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    Sounds good. I was putting a drop of oil a month or so, but looks like even that much would not be needed.

    As far as the drive belts, I've given up on the replacement belts for the Thumler's model B. The darn things were breaking every 4th or 5th tumble for no apparent reason whatsoever. Very frustrating and expensive.

    I switched to o-rings as well. I ordered several ethylene-propylene o-rings of the same size as the Thumbler's belt. The o-rings cost 80 cents apiece as opposed to $5-$6 a pop for a replacement belt.

    I'm still using the first o-ring after months of tumbling, and it shows no signs of giving it up.

    Here's the link to the exact ethylene propylene o-ring I am using on the Thumlers:

    http://www.theoringstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=367_150_152&products_id=6511
     
  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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  8. Bayou

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    You're welcome, locutus!

    Happy tumbling!