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  • Another tumbler question for nuts and bolts

    After doing some searching, I can't seem to find enough info on a vibrator/tumbler. I'm going to get my hands on the 5 gallon vibrator, because I've been told it's the better one for nuts and bolts. I'm doing a good job polishing a bunch of parts, and I'd feel REALLY bad putting ugly nuts and bolts back on. I'd also rather not sit there with a dremel and hit each one either. I will if I have to, but would rather not.

    I've heard that the green pyramid resin pieces are good for removing rust from bolts w/out messing up the threads. I've heard about corn cob and walnut.....I don't know where to go to actually SEE a picture of the finished result. Can anyone help?

    Cheers in advance.
    ~If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything~ Mark Twain

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    Re: Another tumbler question for nuts and bolts

    Another way would be to use a jewelry holder and your polishing mtr
    this is how i polish many types of small itams
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    • #3
      Re: Another tumbler question for nuts and bolts

      Originally posted by jimcarry
      Another way would be to use a jewelry holder and your polishing mtr
      this is how i polish many types of small itams
      Thanks for the input. I know that I could sit there and single out the nuts and bolts, but the idea of the vibrator/tumbler is new to me. Does anyone have before and after pics of nuts and bolts using the vibrator/tumbler?

      Thanks again
      ~If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything~ Mark Twain

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        Re: Another tumbler question for nuts and bolts

        Well, my first round of walnut shells and nuts and bolts went smooth. I filled it up about 2/3 to the top, including bolts, and let it run for about 2 hours. They're a LOT better than before, but I think they could be better. Anyone have any good tips? I'm not sure if I have the ratio of parts to media correct.

        Thanks again in advance.
        ~If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything~ Mark Twain

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          Re: Another tumbler question for nuts and bolts

          I threw a little red rouge in there. A LITTLE bit. I can see that if you put too much in there, it's going to get messy and stain the bottom of the bowl. After I did that, I hit it again with fresh shells. Took the rouge right off, and left a nice polish. I also hit the tops of the bolts that had crevisis with a Crest rotating toothbrush to get the rouge out of the corners.
          ~If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything~ Mark Twain

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          • #6
            Re: Another tumbler question for nuts and bolts

            Depends your volume:
            Using wire for plating can be a disadvantage because plating thickness will vary. It may look like its plated but could have a flash.
            Look up "barrel plating"
            Nol4154

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