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Old 03-11-2009, 03:32 PM
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I just picked up a very nice Model 15-3 with nickel finish. I know not to use any ammonia based cleaners on it. There are a few pin-sized areas on the muzzle crown where the nickel has flecked off. Also a couple of areas on the ejector rod.
Is there a way to stop future flecking of the nickel finish? The finish on the rest of the revolver is very good.
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I just picked up a very nice Model 15-3 with nickel finish. I know not to use any ammonia based cleaners on it. There are a few pin-sized areas on the muzzle crown where the nickel has flecked off. Also a couple of areas on the ejector rod.
Is there a way to stop future flecking of the nickel finish? The finish on the rest of the revolver is very good.
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Old 03-11-2009, 03:57 PM
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I'd say no sbrasives and you can seal it with typical car wax or similar product. I don't know how to stop flaking, it is likely cause by something getting under the plating and loosening the bond there.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:34 PM
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I'd definitely wax or oil regularly to protect the exposed areas. Any rust that developes will migrate and lift the existing plating off, and will look a whole lot worse.
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