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fiawol
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  01:18:09 AM  Show Profile
What is the best way to clean (without actualling damaging the finish) a nickel-plated gun? I'm looking for something more effective than just running an oil-soaked cloth over it to remove powder residue. Thanks for any help or pointers.

Bill DeShivs
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USA
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  03:45:36 AM  Show Profile
You can use Hoppe's #9 solvent on your nickeled gun (if it is factory nickel.) Don't soak the gun in it for long periods. Just wipe it down well, and oil afterwards.

Bill DeShivs

Edited by - Bill DeShivs on 01/23/2010 03:46:36 AM
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Zinderbloc
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USA
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  11:47:57 AM  Show Profile
Flitz polish is the best nickel cleaner I've ever found. Amazing stuff.
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RCrosby
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  1:43:28 PM  Show Profile
Never owned anything nickel plated; just blue or stainless, but I've always been intrigued by the stories of Hoppe's #9 doing bad things to nickel plate. Old wives tales? If true, I think I'd steer clear of it, even in small quantities and wiped clean afterwards. Seems like there's a lot of places in a revolver that a little residue could hide.
Anyone ever "lose" some nickel to #9??

Rob
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wild bunch guy
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  2:26:46 PM  Show Profile
lost the nickel on a Colt Python cyl. due to Hoppes #9. left it lay on a rag with #9 on it, the nickel started disappearing at the edges of the flutes on the cyl.



WBG
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Bill DeShivs
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USA
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  2:30:38 PM  Show Profile
Flitz is abrasive, and should only be used very occasionally on nickel plate.
Hoppe's won't damage nickel-probably even soaking in it. The Python cylinder was more likely worn on the edges.
The ammonia in Hoppe's could, in theory, affect an aftermarket nickel plate that has a copper underplate. Even that is unlikely.

Bill DeShivs
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RCrosby
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  3:12:52 PM  Show Profile
Interesting read on the Hoppe's web site re: this issue.
"Prolonged contact with nickel or chrome plating is not recommended."
They go on to explain that IF the steel was copper washed prior to being plated (apparently common practice)and if there was a scratched or worn place that allowed access to the underlying copper, "all hell could break loose." (My words, not theirs, but the it seems like that's where the danger lies.)
Your call, but if it were my gun, I think I'd stay away from the Hoppe's.

Rob
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beantownshootah
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USA
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  5:59:31 PM  Show Profile
I've used "Metal Glo", which is similar to Flitz, and it worked well to take off the haze and leave a nice mirror finish.

I assume its mildly abrasive and only use it occasionally.

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32 Magnum
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  6:11:29 PM  Show Profile
I've used Metal Glo or Flitz on several hundred nickel plated guns and on a couple hundred more blued guns - as long as you use a SOFT cloth (I use pieces of an old worn flannel sheet) and do not exert strong pressure (I use the tip of my index finger) the abrasiveness is very minimal. On some very highly tarnished guns, two or three applications have been necessary. It will also remove surface rust. DO NOT EVER use either on case colored parts - it will remove the coloring very effectively - I learned the hard way.

Jim Hauff H&R Collector/Researcher
~ thanks to Bill Goforth, RIP my friend.
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redman.com1
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USA
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  6:57:47 PM  Show Profile
after you use metal-glo or flizt, the best thing to bring out the shine or to buff one up is the inside of a old sweat shirt.

IM NOT GOING TO LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF MY OPINION.
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wild bunch guy
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129 Posts

Posted - 01/23/2010 :  7:25:19 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by RCrosby

Interesting read on the Hoppe's web site re: this issue.
"Prolonged contact with nickel or chrome plating is not recommended."
They go on to explain that IF the steel was copper washed prior to being plated (apparently common practice)and if there was a scratched or worn place that allowed access to the underlying copper, "all hell could break loose." (My words, not theirs, but the it seems like that's where the danger lies.)
Your call, but if it were my gun, I think I'd stay away from the Hoppe's.



thats what you see, copper under the nickel


WBG

Edited by - wild bunch guy on 01/23/2010 7:26:15 PM
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