I have several questions and I hope someone can help me. I
have read the archives but I got a little confused. First I bought
some stainless steel shot, but it doesn't say stainless. In fact,
the man who sold it to me tried to sell me a rust inhibitor. Any
quick way to test if this is stainless?
Does the container the shot came in say it is stainless? If it
does, it is. If not, it isn’t.
Second question: I have a Loretone rubber tumber (and I WILL
have stainless shot). What exactly would I put in the tumbler with
the stainless shot if I were tumbling sterling silver jewelry? I
don't want to get the rubber goo I've been reading about.
I use the Rio Grand Super sheen polishing soap. Have done so for
several years, and have had no problem with rubber goo.
Third (and last) question: I assume that I will "clean" the
shot after use. What can I clean it with that won't degrade the
rubber tumbler? Again, I'm assuming that I clean it in the
tumbler. If not, please let me know!
Well, first, since it’s stainless and there will be no problem with
rust, it doesn’t need to be cleaned after every use. Just leave it in
the soap in the tumbler. After awhile the soap will get dark (from
the Tripoli and/or rouge that didn’t get washed out of all the little
nooks and crannies), and the soap gradually loses its “oomph”, too.
Just empty the tumbler contents into a sieve (over the sink!), wash
the shot, in the sieve, thoroughly in clear water, rinse out the
tumbler, and then put the shot and some more soap in the tumbler and
you’re ready to go again.