Flitz Tumbler/Media Additive claims to be an Eco-safe GREEN product, and that it cuts tumbling time of ammunition cases in half. It cleans, polishes & protects, brass & nickel. It is suitable for corn cob, walnut or other media and is ammonia free. It removes tarnish, oxidation, lead buildup and fingerprints. Another claim is that it will not deaden a primer. It comes in a 7.6 fluid ounce bottle (as seen in the image), with a convenient spout and measuring cap.
The instructions for use are: 1. Shake well – 2. Use 1oz. of Flitz per 1 pound of media. To re-juvinate Media add 1 cap full.
Note: With any of these additives is is always wise to put the additive into a tumbler of media and run the tumbler for a few minutes.
Flitz tumbler additive is a light lime green color, about the same as immodium tablets, and the consistency of pepto-bismol or Kaopectate, so flows easily. The odor is relatively inoffensive, not being pungent, but naturally as with all chemicals carries a warning to keep out of the reach of children.
Flitz Tumbler/Media additive also comes in a 16 oz bottle and a 1 gallon container. 7.6 fl oz bottles can be found here for as low as $11.95, at Midway for $13.04, WalMart carries the 16 oz bottle for $34.07, and Star Marine carry the 1 gallon for $114.95, and on Amazon for as little as $98.13. Naturally Flitz products can be found on their web site here
So, how did it do? Well it is hard to say if it cut the time in half, but it certainly DID reduce the time that it would have taken to get the brass into the condition is was at the end. More importantly, heavily corroded and tarnished brass was chosen for the test, in fact some that had been run through a tumbler previously without any media additive, and still showed signs of tarnish and corrosion. First some 2.5 oz of Flitz was thrown into the tumbler with about 3 pounds of media. Some 20 cases of 300 Win Mag, 10 338 win Mag, 70 case of .375 Super Mag. several 30-06 cases were all thrown into a tumbler and ran for some time. The result was that all but two cases that were very heavily corroded came out as one would hope – bright and shiny with no fingerprints, no tarnish and no corrosion. The two cases that previously had been run through a tumbler, showed a very small amount of pitting. It should be pointed out that these were considered throw away and unrecoverable, but although they had some small amount of pitted tarnish would be quite useable.
It can be said that Flitz Tumbler/Media Additive did everything that they claimed it would. Comparing to performance to competitive products such as Dillon Rapid Polish is very subjective, but Flitz Tumbler/Media Additive seemed to clean slightly better. So, in conclusion while it is slightly higher in price that some of the competitive products it is without doubt better than anything this reviewer has tried before, and therefore worth the small differential in price.