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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Willard, Mar 27, 2010.
What's the best way to clean the satin-nickel finish on a 1970s Colt Commander?
I have never owned a Nickel gun before but I would try one of the non-toxic lubes and gun oils like slip2000 or mpro7's new LPX oil.
To clean it: Tooth brush and some aerosol spray, like BreakFree, or even simple brake cleaner. The aerosolized spray will help work under the dirt and lift it out of the crevices of the matte finish. The toothbrush will work it off the gun without letting it settle back in.
To revive a well-worn finish: Have it bead-blasted on low/moderate air pressure. Will restore the matte finish to places it has worn flat without penetrating the nickel finish.
These finishes are more fragile than blue for cosmetic concerns, but they are attractive and protective.