Cleaning Nickel Hardware

patrickwitherow

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I just got a '59 Pioneer with nickel hardware. It's a bit cloudy...can anyone recommend a good polish for nickel to help bring back its shine a little? I started cleaning up the WMP wrap last night with some water/soap and an application of Novus2. I've got a fee more steps, but so far its in great shape! The hardware needs some TLC though...

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Nice job on cleanup, looking good.
I have used Cape Cod polishing cloths but really liked the way a Tumbler cleaned up Nickle I had with less hand rubbing.
Soaked in Dawn over night then dried and threw them in tumbler.
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For cleaning, I use what I have. When I restored my buddy's Premier kit from the 60s, I used a mixture of Mr. clean, goo gone, Stainless steel appliance cleaner, vinegar, and warm water. I let some of it soak for up to 24 hours. Then I used NEVR DULL metal polish. It' relatively inexpensive. You just tear off what you need, rinse repeat.

The plating on the Premiers. . .I'm not sure if it was nickel or just chrome. The hoops were die cast. Anyhow, it turned out spectacular.
 

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Vinegar is an acid so caution there. It definitely removes corrosion. I just use general Mother’s Polish.
 

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Vinegar is an acid so caution there. It definitely removes corrosion. I just use general Mother’s Polish.
Yep on Vinegar. Vinegar and diecast parts will be a really bad day. I only use it on steel parts.
 

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Your drum came out nicely!
My favorite metal polish now is White Diamond Metal Polish.(usually available at Auto Parts stores) I’ve been making things shiny since I was a kid : ) and found this to be the best out of all that I have used. I first give a bath in Dawn Dish Detergent and the polish/wax. Just another option. Enjoy!
 

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Your drum came out nicely!
My favorite metal polish now is White Diamond Metal Polish.(usually available at Auto Parts stores) I’ve been making things shiny since I was a kid : ) and found this to be the best out of all that I have used. I first give a bath in Dawn Dish Detergent and the polish/wax. Just another option. Enjoy!
Thank you! Yup, I always start my hardware cleaning with dawn/water for 24 hours and go from there. Stay safe!
 


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