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Posted on Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:17 pm
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I just got in a Vibratory Tumbler form Harborfreight.com and i just need to know what kind of media is best to use when trying to shine up copper and bright aluminum. I've had luck with rice up it seems not to doing the job this time on an order I've got going out next week. Coif Smiley

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Posted on Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:43 pm
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Stainless steel shot with just enough water to be just below the surface and a drop of Dawn dish detergent, no additives.

Time varies on what you want to accomplish especially with the copper being involved.


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Posted on Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:18 pm
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thank you for the info but they say not to put water in the tumbler or is that just a simple warning

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Posted on Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:33 pm
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Can you list what tumbler you bought or a link to it?


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Posted on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:00 am
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http://www.harborfreight.com/5-lb-metal-vibrator-tumbler-67617.html

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Posted on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:15 am
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Read the customer reviews on that page, at least one guy has been using it for wet tumbling.


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Posted on Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:04 pm
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I use that exact one for wet tumbling and besides a little rust, mistake on my part, I have had no problems with it.


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Posted on Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:01 pm
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I agree, this appears to be very similar to the old Frankford Arsenal tumblers Midway USA used to sell. I use them for wet tumbling all the time, just don't fill more than halfway up to the center 'hump' to keep water from going through the mounting hole and getting under the bowl. You could probably fit it with a gasket if you needed to, but I've never had the need to.

Incidentally, for copper and aluminum tumbling just the rings works well for light deburring, and then tumbling with walnut shell (HF also sells this)for cleaning and polish works great also.


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Posted on Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:15 pm
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I used a similar one that said "not for wet tumbling". I did it anyway for years with no problems. It didn't shine things are well as my current one that is meant for jewelry tumbling, but it did the job well enough.


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Posted on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:29 am
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thanks everyone just was a bit on the worried that i'd mess it up and didn't want to be out the money

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Posted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:32 am
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I saw this topic and I have some questions as well. What would be good to tumble with glass to take sharp edges off the pieces? If anyone has a link that would be cool too Smile



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Posted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:00 pm
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I have never tried it before, but I would imagine use a rotary tumbler with some sand and water should do exactly what the ocean does with the sea glass.

Just my untested thoughts.


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