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What cleaner for nickel plated revolver

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by gunlaw, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. gunlaw

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    i recently bought a nickel plated model 10-5 . I know a conventional powder solvent could cause the nickel plate to flake. The plating on this revolver is flawless. What cleaning product should I use to keep it that way.
     
  2. ColtPythonElite

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    I use Rem Oil on the outside.
     
  3. gunlaw

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    Rem oil sounds good. What about a bore cleaner. Most of those contain copper solvents that could damage the nickel plate. I shoot only cast bullets in this revolver.
     
  4. ColtPythonElite

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    I use homemade Ed's Red minus the acetone. For cleaning lead, a piece of Chore Boy around a brush or Lewis Lead Remover work equally well.
     
  5. gunlaw

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    No problem with leading. Mostly wondering if there is a powder solvent that isn’t also a copper solvent.
     
  6. ColtPythonElite

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    Rem Oil is probably all you need.
     
  7. gunlaw

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    Rem oil it is. Thanks.
     
  8. JohnKSa

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    Ballistol, Outer's Nitro Solvent, BreakFree CLP, should all work without causing problems with the plating. Avoid anything with ammonia, and anything that turns blue or green when you leave a piece of copper sitting in it overnight.
     
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  9. Walt Sherrill

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    For the outside, I'd use Flitz polish. Its only slightly abrasive, and uses chemicals to clean the nickel finish. (CZ recommended it for its nickel-plated weapons, which is how I started using it.)

    Many of the newer nickel-plated guns don't have a copper undercoat and ammonia is not a concern for those plated weapons.. But it can be a problem for older guns.

    There's also a small device that you can get from Brownells that looks like a wire mesh that you can put on a cleaning rod to pull/push out lead.

    There are also chemically treated cloths that are great for cleaning off the front of the cylinder and can also be put on a jag to clean the barrel. (Cut off small patches, and seal the remainder up in a plastic bag to keep them chemically moist and active.)
     
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  10. bannockburn

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    I use Flitz on the outside of my plated guns. It does a great job of cleaning (especially dirt and tarnish), and leaves behind a protective coating.

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