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    Polish for nickel plating

    Does anyone have suggestions for polishing nickel-plated cornets? I definitely want to avoid anything that could damage it. The two products I've heard recommended for nickel plating on auto parts and firearms are Flitz and Metal Glo, but I don't know if this would be appropriate for an Austrian-made cornet that may be actually "German silver".
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    Re: Polish for nickel plating

    As far as I know, "German Silver" (Neusilber to the Germans) and nickel are one and the same, at least when it comes to polishing. Pass auf, aber, if your instrument is laquered, just use a soft cloth. If unlaquered, then your basic brass or silver polish will work fine. Shine it up and play the puppy.

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    Re: Polish for nickel plating

    A friend of mine has a chinese nickle plated cornet and the instructions that came with his was to use AMONIA FREE glass cleaner. It has a lacquer spray over the nickle silver and the amonia will eat the lacquer, apparently. It seems to do a very good job. He has had the horn for 2 years, is an everyday player of his and it still looks like new.

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    Re: Polish for nickel plating

    If it ever had any, the lacquer wore off of this one many decades ago. It's now rather rough, but mostly intact, nickel plating. I tried some of Hagerty's silver polish on a bottom cap to see what it could do-- which wasn't much. It may be too far gone, which is fine because it still looks a lot better to me than a leprous gold-lacquered old horn. It has character!
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    Re: Polish for nickel plating

    Most nickel silver instruments are actually lacquered, so anything you would use on a lacquered instrument will work.

    These days I use plain old carnuba wax, but I have heard everything from Pledge (which looks really good on regular lacquer) to just wiping with a silicone cloth.

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    Re: Polish for nickel plating

    If there is no lacquer then a mild metal polish will work.
    I've been using Mothers lately with really good results:

    Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish 10 oz.

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