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Trying not to break it

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hi everyone, have my new tumbler and need some help. i have been cleaning some old beer bottles and mason jars. the mason jars are coming out great, but the beer bottles still have some deep scraches. i tumble on high for 4 days. would additional tumbling help or are the scraches to deep to get out? thanks for any help, rhona

 

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capsoda

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Hey Rhona, Try slower speed longer time or maybe a courser cutting abrasive and check daily daily. Sometime scratches can be so deep that getting them out would remove to much detail and ruin the bottle. Looks like your doing a nice job though.
 

Trying not to break it

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hi all, thanks for the advice. i'm going to try cuting for 3 more days and if not any better thats it. can you take a bottle out and check it and but it back in the same solution or do you have to clean the copper and start over again? thanks again for the help, rhona
 

Gunsmoke47

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You have to clean everything and start the process all over again Rhona. It can be a pain. If you are using 1200 grit cutter, 7 days won't hurt anything. 600 grit is another story. In fact, I wouldn't use 600 grit on anything with embossment. You can polish for as long as you want. I usually polish for about 4 days after I have cut it. Hope this helps, Kelley
 

tazmainiendigger

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Hi Rhona nice machine![;)]Here is a trick that works quite nicely... take a 400 to 600 fine grit emery paper hand sand out the "flaw", then use the 1200 silicon cutter... tumble for 4 to 5 days..... then polish works like a charm on scratches, lip chips etc.. The resulting finish on the flaw will look factory. My customers have been tickled with the results! Taz
 

Gunsmoke47

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Hey Taz, you come up with a way to tumble a turtle ink yet? I thought about tapeing over the burst top lip and just using a base stopple on both top and bottom. I just hate to try something new on the only turtle I've got. I believe it is a pretty scarce ink. Kelley
 

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