Nickel cleaning

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Ok, so over in "chrome cleaning" we got some tips about the care and feeding of nickel, but I thought it'd be good to start a "Nickel only" category. Successes? Failures? How to keep it from needing constant polishing? So far, soda water in a paste with a toothbrush has been recommended. The Coke and foil method has been shown not to work. Anybody else?
 

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Cape Cod cloths. They work great and bring a brilliant shine to nickel.
 

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I have had great luck with the MAAS polish also.Nu-Finish car polish is great also :idea1:

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Bumping this thread - I have found that Flitz liquid polish is phenomenal for bringing heavily tarnished nickel back to life. I am in the midst of a late 40s RK resto and Flitz has been a Godsend.
For hoops and lugs, I do two passes, thoroughly buffing with microfiber between each application, followed by a coat of green Brite Stuff wax. The difference is astonishing.
For really rusty hardware, 48 hrs in WD40 followed by Nevr Dull, followed by Flitz. Much of the very rusty stuff isn't going to come back the way the hoops and lugs do. I suspect it is a result of the base metal corroding under the nickel. I am just an amateur, so take my opinion with a grain of salt please.
I will try to follow up with some pics to illustrate my point about the Flitz.
 

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Just took photos, will try to post tomorrow. I am so pleased with the results, I am beside myself. There really isn't anything quite like the warm resonance of vintage drums!
 

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My preference is Simichrome Polish. You can probably find it at a motorcycle supply shop. Make sure to apply it with a microfiber cloth (like 'Bikemaster'--also available at said MC supply shop). You may need to apply it a number of times, but it's worth the effort. It also has a protectant in it that prevents tarnishing and discoloration.

The Leedy drum in the attached photo was restored this way.

Good luck!
 

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I swear by MAAS, for nickel and any/all other metals I ever need to polish. Here's a before and after nickel example from a recent Slingerland RK resto.

P.S. LeedyLudwig...wow, just wow.
 

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Following up regarding Flitz...here is what 3 passes and a solid amount of elbow grease does on tarnished nickel.
 

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Following up regarding Flitz...here is what 3 passes and a solid amount of elbow grease does on tarnished nickel.
Wow, Fliz work is amazing!
I refrain to use Fliz Metal Polish because I've heard it hurts metal.
In addition, I couldn't have got good results for COB body and hoops from Flitz.
Yeah, I'll try Fliz again in the future.
 

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I use it on COB hoops and the results are the same. Put up a picture of your success!
 

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Maas Polish works very well on nickel and most other metals.
http://www.maasinc.com/
+1. I ONLY use that. Anything else can be destructive. I have found that even Cape Cod clothes can, over time, wear off the plating.

+1 on that! The "miracle" CapeCod cloth polishes by removing metal and in this case it is nickel. I have used them to remove scratches from polished stainless steel - which is a lot harder than nickel. Just saying......

Careful with those nice old nickel over brass L&L Standards... You'll go right through that thin nickel plating into the brass base metal. I prefer mine with original patina that took 80+ years to develope.
 

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Folks need to dig a little to find what has been well-discussed previously on the Forum and, yes, I did start this one, some years ago. Tempus fugit, y'all!
 

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