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Old 07-28-2020, 03:36 PM
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I picked up a Rossi 62 SA a couple of days ago that has some hazing or dulling in some areas on the nickel plated receiver (along with a little pitting there too). It looks to me like finger/hand prints where maybe someone handled it with sweaty hands and then put it away without a wipe down. Just guessing.

Any tips and advice on polishing it to (hopefully) shine up the dull areas?

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While it's noticeable, it's not quite as bad as it looks in the pic. I purposefully captured it from an angle that made the problem areas stand out the best.
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Flitz and a soft cloth.
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I forgot to add, give it a coat of wax after, Renaissance or Bri-wax are first rate, and Johnson's paste floor wax works fine too. None contain any silicone like Pledge does, so they are safe for wood finishes too.
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I forgot to add, give it a coat of wax after, Renaissance or Bri-wax are first rate, and Johnson's paste floor wax works fine too. None contain any silicone like Pledge does, so they are safe for wood finishes too.
Yep, will do. Renaissance is SOP for me ever since I learned about it here on RFC.
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Flitz may be a bit more aggressive than is needed.

I know this lady that has a shop that sells ceramic plates, dolls, various brass items, and so on. The brass items get handling marks and tarnishing pretty often. She recommends using cheap ladies lipstick for polishing brass because it's very mild to the fine finish. I would think it would be equally effective on cleaning/polishing nickel plating.
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Old 07-30-2020, 01:32 PM
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Just try toilet paper. Plain white. Unscented. Someone recommended that to me. And it got it very bright.
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Some of the bore cleaners will attack nickel plating, especially if they have ammonia compounds in them.
The orig Hoppe's 9 would do that. Don't know about recent mixtures.

Nickel plating is usually quite thick,,thick in relation to talking about electro-plating.

When done originally, the nickel plating comes out a dull, milky color from the plating bath,,not brite and shiney. Silver plating is the same way
The plated pieces have to be buffed to bring up the shine and even up the color of the surfaces. This is most always done with mechanical buffing and soft wheels charged with polishing compounds and lots of experience.

It doesn't take much to polish the new plating to bring it up to the look.
If you don't have any buffing equipment (a Dremel doesn't count for this) and/or have no experience using high speed polishing equipment,,I'd just stay with carefull hand polishing.

Start with the least aggressive polish first and work down.
You have some very good suggestions here to work with.
Baking Soda is very fine and can be used to hand polish as can most toothpastes

Getting too aggressive may bring the shine back in a hurry but it may also leave scratches in the nickel that you'll have to continue to polish with finer and finer grits to remove.
That extra polishing work can be done,,but you might not have enough thickness in nickel plate to work with before going thru it.
You may be seeing base metal before the coarser scratches you put in it are completely gone.
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Good info, all around.
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Good info, all around.
Yes it is. Especially about chemicals and too aggressive polish.
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