How do you clean your nickel plated guns?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by donthav1, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. donthav1

    donthav1 Active Member

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    i just picked up an old H&R top break that the original nickel is still about 90% on. i'd like to keep it that way & after checkin around online, read that alot of bore solvents will strip the nickel. and it seems i always spill or drip some bore cleaner on the outside of the gun when i'm cleaning my other firearms so i really don't wanna take the chance.

    so my question to everyone else is what do you use to clean your nickel plated guns?
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    There is no solvent that will "strip the nickel". Don't clean the gun with acid and you will be fine.
     

  3. CubDriver_451

    CubDriver_451 New Member

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    The solvents don't strip the nickle, but they will desolve the copper undercoating used to get the nickle to adhere to the steel.

    Nickle does not bond terribly well with the steel alloys used in firearms production, so manufacturers used a thin copper plating as an intemediate bonding agent. If copper solvent reaches this layer, your nickle will flake off as the copper is dissolved.

    JW
     
  4. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    CLP (Break Free) works just fine for cleaning handguns with nickle plating.
     
  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    After the gun is cleaned protect it with Renaissance Wax.

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  6. scampi

    scampi New Member

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    ruined LCP nickel finish

    I was out shooting it for the second time along with several other weapons. When I went home I used you product Birchwood Casey Bore scrubber for the first time which I just purchased on 14 May 2012 on one weapon when with the product on by hand I touch the Ruger LCP Slide which has a Nickel Plated finish. Moments later I noticed a discoloring I wiped the slide down with oil noticed the discoloring not going away. I put the slide under bright light and that's when realized the plating was GONE!!!

    Gander Mountain also told me that Hoppes #9 has warning that it will harm nickel.

    Get with manufacture for list of cleaners.

    good luck.
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    With CLR...................
     
  8. LikeABoss

    LikeABoss Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Is this one of those who's buried in grants tomb joke threads?
     
  9. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I haven't used it, but I understand that Hoppes "Elite" is okay to use on nickle finishes. I use Gunslick's "Foaming Bore Cleaner" for my wife's Bersa nickle .22 & it does a good job, even without use of a bore brush, but it's a new pistol so jury is still out on the finish, but it's supposed to be safe.

    Best thing is check out the MSDS on any product you use to make sure it has no amonia in it.
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Unfortunately it is not. Certain solvents will attack the copper bonding layer which in turn destroys the finish. Keep in mind a lot of gun cleaning solvents are designed to dissolve copper fouling in the bore. For polishing nickel plating use a good grade of dry toilet paper. It is just abrasive enough to polish without damaging the finish. Learned that from a very old gunsmith.
     
  11. BillDeShivs

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    The only nickled guns that have a copper undercoat are guns that were aftermarket plated.
    The "steel doesn't take nickel plating" stuff is a wive's tale.
     
  12. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Member

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    Scampi-There is no commercial bore cleaner that will strip nickel in minutes. Even industrial nickel stripping solutions take 30 minutes plus.
    My bet is that the nickel is only discolored. A gentle wiping with Simichrome polish should brighten it right up.
     
  13. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    If a manufacturer or their warranty center warns about using cleaning products which contain amonia on nickle plated firearms, believe them. It doesn't happen instantly, but will over time.
     
  14. scampi

    scampi New Member

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    I sent photo to Ruger and they advised they could not help. I had a tube of FLITZ (metal,plastic polish) that was known to clear headlights, and I heard good reviews on line for guns. So while watching war movies I got my gun slide back to new condition! Thank you Thank you!