I just bought two new Lortone tumblers… A single barrel for myself,
and a triple barrel setup for my art jewelry class at the high school
I teach at. I use stainless steel shot in both. At home things are
fine, but at school when my first student went to use the tumbler,
her sterling piece came out all gray and ruddy looking. I have read
in several places to use flat Coke to clean shot and barrels, and so
tried that. Same result. We have tried three different ‘soaps’: a few
drops of Dawn in the barrel, Ivory Snow baby powder granuals, and
some old tumbler powder I’ve had around the shop for years. This is
our second tumbler, so for now we are using our old barrels, but what
gives? The store where I purchased the new ones said that the coke
ruined the barrel… but it was turning things ugly before we tried
that. Anyone with thoughts? At $35 per barrel, I’m really hoping to
not have to replace them. Ugh!
Linda in the not-so-sunny-at-the-moment Okanagan Valley, BC.