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VonFatman
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Posted - 03/28/2018 :  9:40:41 PM  Show Profile
i have a nickel smith and wesson model 15. i need to get it cleaned up (see pic).
any suggestions? i need the powder marks gone but do not want to mess up a nice revolver.
thanks!
bob




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Bill DeShivs
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USA
1267 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2018 :  10:09:31 PM  Show Profile
If you are going to keep shooting the gun, oil it up and put it away.
If you are not going to shoot it for a long time, or are going to sell it, you can use Simichrome polish (or Flitz, Mother's, etc.)
Apply it sparingly to a soft cloth, and gently scrub the carbon deposits.
Be aware that each time you do this, you are removing some of the nickel plating. It can only safely be done a few times before you polish through the nickel.

Bill DeShivs
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toad67
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USA
6361 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2018 :  10:37:37 PM  Show Profile
I've used Flitz and other type of abrasive polishes. They will change the appearance of the finish, and make it look different. Try mpro7 for the powder removal, I think it's a great product, and has worked very well for me..

http://www.mpro7.com/m-pro7-gun-cleaner.html
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charliemeyer007
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USA
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Posted - 03/29/2018 :  05:47:38 AM  Show Profile
Elsewhere it was reported S&W said Hoppie's Elite. I'd try a soft cloth and WD-40. Any copper solvent is a pour choice and should be cleaned off quickly.
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VonFatman
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58 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2018 :  08:19:32 AM  Show Profile
thanks gents. i have mother's and flitz on the shelf. i had used them to clean a stainless gun to two. i just did not know about nickel.

bob

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Aztngundoc22
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USA
1179 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2018 :  09:04:30 AM  Show Profile
OK :

Miracle Cloth !!!

Have used them for years ! Great !!!!

Thanks !!!

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Bill DeShivs
Senior Member

USA
1267 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2018 :  12:57:27 PM  Show Profile
Miracle Cloth is really too abrasive to use on nickel plating.
Try the suggested carbon-removing chemicals before you use any abrasive. (And, Flitz IS abrasive!)
If you do use a polish, use very light pressure.

Bill DeShivs
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yoshmyster
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17462 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2018 :  3:14:35 PM  Show Profile
Ain't there a spray one uses before shooting to reduce crap build up? I'm thinking something for black powder? Just can't remember the name of the spray. It should work for regular guns, right?
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gunnut505
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USA
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Posted - 03/29/2018 :  4:38:38 PM  Show Profile
Toad has it right; M-Pro7 (formerly MP-7) is designed and formulated to dissolve carbon.
No smell. No mess. No elbow grease.
Spray it on & go away.
If the stain is really on there, a soft toothbrush will disturb the surface enough to let it soak further.
Amazing what this stuff can do, on a myriad of surfaces!

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RCrosby
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Posted - 04/07/2018 :  3:38:39 PM  Show Profile
This MAY OR MAY NOT be true, but considering what may be at risk, it's worth checking out. I've never owned a nickel plated weapon but have used bottles of Hoppe's No. 9 over the years.
Seem to recall the caution that this product will damage nickel plating. Yes?

Rob
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Ricci Wright
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USA
5726 Posts

Posted - 04/07/2018 :  3:46:59 PM  Show Profile
As far as I know Hoppe's is intended to get up under metal deposits and loosen them so they can be cleaned away. Nickel is a metal deposit I think, usually with copper underneath?? so I wouldn't leave Hoppe's on a nickel plated gun for a long period of time.

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