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Old 07-04-2018, 03:54 PM
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Got my first nickle plated Smith and need to clean it now. Having read Hoppes #9 horror stories with nickle, I need recommendations on what to use. Any advice appreciated.
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I’ve used Hoppe’s 9 on my nickle Smith’s, as it is intended to be used.

I use it, wipe it off and then Renwax mine. No issues yet.

Is yours an original Smith finish? If so, you should be fine as they do not use a copper plating underneath their nickle. From my understanding that is when you run into issues.

Others will chime in for sure, but that is what I’ve learned on here.
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Back in the day, not realizing there could be possible damage to the finish, I used Hoppe's No. 9 on Smith & Wesson nickel guns with no ill effects to the finish but I wiped off the excess Hoppe's No. 9 within a few minutes of cleaning.

I no longer use Hoppe's No. 9. Why take the risk?

The question of cleaning a nickel finish gun comes up from time to time. Here are links from Smith & Wesson Forum threads:

Cleaning Nickel Guns

Precautions for cleaning nickel-plated revolvers?
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