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Polishing Nickel Plate?

Postby Xenol » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:39 am

I recently acquired a nickel plated helicon from the Ukraine. I like the instrument, however the plating is looking pretty dull (not parade ready). Is there any way for me to polish it short of reaching for the buffing wheel?

Before you ask it is nickel not nickel-silver ;)
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Re: Polishing Nickel Plate?

Postby Mark Finley » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:18 am

I think chrome polish works well. I'm sure others will chime in
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Re: Polishing Nickel Plate?

Postby ASTuba » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:18 am

https://www.amazon.com/Simichrome-390050-Metal-Polish-Tube/dp/B0002YUQ4E. Get that, best stuff on the planet. They make a larger container, but that product is the greatest thing in the world.
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Re: Polishing Nickel Plate?

Postby dugh » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:13 pm

I'll second Simichrome. Follow the directions and use very small amounts!
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Re: Polishing Nickel Plate?

Postby bloke » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:03 pm

I found some polishing cloths that were small, yellow-tan, and aggressive enough to polish grey-tarnished nickel relatively quickly.
(If/when you find them, they are TOO aggressive for silver plate!)

I'm thinking they came from a jewelry supply place. I'm sorry that I can't remember the exact source, but the value of my post is letting you know that such a thing exists. It takes a while to polish a tuba by any hand-method, but I would probably rather use three, four, five, or six of these on a tuba than any goop that squeezes out of a tube...

...but (that which you shun) buffing with white buff at c. 3000 rpm is much easier than any other suggestion you'll likely receive.
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Re: Polishing Nickel Plate?

Postby bloke » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:07 pm

OK...I'm pretty sure that I found them, but Rio Grande may (??) require that you buy too many for your singular job. Call them and ask.

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