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Whats a good cleaning solvent to use on a nickel gun??

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Kahr carrier, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. Kahr carrier

    Kahr carrier Well-Known Member

    I was told not to use Hoppes number 9 on a Nickel gun because it would hurt the finish. So the question is what solvent to use that wont hurt the Nickel finish???:confused:
  2. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    The only thing you need to be aware of that I know is AMMONIA content. Any copper solvent contains ammonia.

    The plating of a steel surface is a multi step process. The first layer is copper, the second is nickel, the third is chrome (if you go that far). What the ammonia will do is attack the copper if it can get under the surface due to some porosity or at the edge of a surface like the end of a cylinder, for example.

    I use CLP for almost all cleaning. Just wet your patches down, swamp out the bore and dry out. If you need something more agressive, GUN SCRUBBER or similar is a good product.

    HTH and enjoy shooting your nickel baby! :cool:
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2003
  3. jjmorgan64

    jjmorgan64 Well-Known Member

    MPro7 Will make it shine. It's in charge of cleaniing mine.
  4. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Well-Known Member

    I use CLP on the nickel parts. Once a year or so I polish it with Flitz and wax the exterior. You can use Hoppe's on the barrel, if it's not attached to the frame.
  5. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    Copper and nickel are very similar chemically so the ammonia in bore cleaners that attack copper will also attack nickel. Just use a non ammonia lube.
  6. romulus

    romulus Well-Known Member

    Will an ammoniated cleaner attack electroless nickel (ie without the copper base plating)?
  7. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    Yes. Electroless nickel is nickel with small amounts of phosphorous which is fairly hard , about Rc50.
  8. sm

    sm member

    Last time I used Zippo lighter fluid and Kleenbore's Formula 3.

    Dunno, but worked 20+ years ago--proved to still be effective not long ago...shush, don't tell anyone you actually heard me admit to cleaning a gun...not mine but a friends...( mine stay dirty remember?) ;)
  9. yesterdaysyouth

    yesterdaysyouth Well-Known Member

    i've been using hoppe's 9 on a nickle 29 and a bda 380 and haven't seen any problems yet....
  10. Revolver Armorer

    Revolver Armorer Well-Known Member

    Shooters Choice FP-10

    FP-10 cleans thru "Passivation" which is basically unagressive cleaning with penetrating oils. FP-10 contains very mild deep penetrating oil that should not hurt. :)
  11. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Hi, yesterdaysyouth and guys,

    True some people use Hoppe's on nickel plated guns with no problem. Ammonia can attack nickel, but much more slowly than copper, so if the nickel does not reach the copper, everything seems OK.

    But if there is anywhere (muzzle, front of cylinder, sideplate joint, screw hole) that the nickel may be cracked or chipped, the ammonial cleaner will eventually get to it.

    I recommend using a non-ammonia cleaner. Why take chances?

  12. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    A few days ago, while fondling a nickle 29, I asked about maintainence. I was told MPro7 is the ticket for nickle.
  13. sm

    sm member

    Jim Keenan

    Re-enforces what I've seen. Used to work with precious metals and plating processes. We also used 28% ammonia diluted in a ultrasonic cleaner...Umm fumes alone would cause nickel to peel...had to take preventative measures when copper plating before nickel plating.

    Zippo lighter fluid also good for degreasing firing pins before using in freezing temps.

    This before Gun Scrubber, and CRC Brakleen became available.

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