200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

100LL

There’s just something about a nickel fount that is appealing to me.  Ever since I got a 242 in nickel dress I was smitten.

I really love the 242, and got motivated to step up to the 236.  I got one in that needed some fettling, and proud to say I got her running like a song!  Oh what a blinding and beautiful sight!

The 236 was a bargain and I did m best to brighten her up, with mild success on the nickel fount, upon which there was certainly a fair amount of loss.

could ramble on more but let’s get to the point.  Regarding nickel plated founts I’m asking for advice and techniques regarding;

  1. Repair of nickel plating, particularly the missing spots where some corrosion is occurring.  Is there a polishing technique.
  2. Re-Plating; practical, affordable, what’s involved?
  3. Preservation; how to not let things get worse.
thanks for the discussion.  It’s amazing the wealth of knowledge on this forum, and the willingness to share it.

attached are a few “before” photos of the 236.  I’ll post some current photos tomorrow.  Click image for larger version - Name: 8571F6FB-0AA5-48F5-8F0E-96E7B2ACD2D1.jpeg, Views: 174, Size: 147.49 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 9B10A72A-6713-468A-AD97-B08D50F34A62.jpeg, Views: 171, Size: 116.93 KB
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Tyler Hall
ICCC #1876

Looking for a few good lanterns:  
236 USA (already have 3 Canadians), 202, 243, Col-Max, Optimus 8
Bdays wanted of any type, lantern or stove, for:
11/63  10/75  12/80 1/84  12/08 1/14  4/16  11/19
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Barrett
Can't answer your questions but for me, I'd polish that fount (gently) with so Autosol  (or similar product) and then wax it, as it looks pretty good having survived all those years with just some freckles.

I'm sure the more experienced with have more in depth advice that will answer your questions. 
Andrew

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holliswood
I’ve done several nickel founts in the fourteen months I’ve been in the hobby with some cleaning up nicely to some that I felt if I kept pushing it, there’d be no nickel left. If there’s freckles, they’re not going to get any better. The one you have pictured looks great to me. If I were to re-plate a fount, it’d have to be perfect with no dings or dents and everything else would need to be pristine as well or it would look like a sock on a rooster. That’s just my outlook on it. 
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MYN
The nickel ain't bad. Just some gentle polishing to even it out a little. Then wax.
It'll look great after that.
Re-plating is a lot work and mess. To do it properly, you'll need to completely strip the old nickel first. Then finish to a uniform bare brass finish. Completely clean and degrease. After that, electroplate. You can do it at home but you'll need nickel salts and the proper plating setup. Of course, some knowledge on chemicals would be useful. Or visit a shop that does that.
I'd forget it unless the raging enthusiasm gets the better of me.
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100LL
Here’s the after, which was just a quick dunk in citric acid solution (10 min), followed by brasso polishing and that’s it.
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Tyler Hall
ICCC #1876

Looking for a few good lanterns:  
236 USA (already have 3 Canadians), 202, 243, Col-Max, Optimus 8
Bdays wanted of any type, lantern or stove, for:
11/63  10/75  12/80 1/84  12/08 1/14  4/16  11/19
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s lantern
⚠️ CA Prop 65 Warning: the sky is falling.
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Tigerfans2
1 shoot some easy off on it, let it set while you watch a game
2 make up some hot citric or vinegar, wrap the fount with paper towels and pour the hot whatever on it
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Gunhippie
Make sure you get ALL that Brasso off! Brasso contains ammonium salts, which dissolve brass and copper, which is how it works. Any of those salts left on the fount will just make the green verdigris spots worse.

I'd get a bit more aggressive cleaning that. Get all the verdigris off, and the polished brass will be much less obvious against the polished nickel. A good auto-body wax will help prevent any new verdigris from forming in the future.
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100LL
Any recommendations for a polishing compound to remove the verdigris?  I have neverdull, and some other automotive polishes like Cali customs which is great for aluminum. 
Tyler Hall
ICCC #1876

Looking for a few good lanterns:  
236 USA (already have 3 Canadians), 202, 243, Col-Max, Optimus 8
Bdays wanted of any type, lantern or stove, for:
11/63  10/75  12/80 1/84  12/08 1/14  4/16  11/19
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s lantern
⚠️ CA Prop 65 Warning: the sky is falling.
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rob_pontius
Mothers mag and aluminum polish. Maybe some 0000 steel wool to very gently polish it to a fine shine. 
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Gunhippie
Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish is probably the most popular here, but Flitz, Simichrome and Blue Magic are also highly regarded. 4-0 steel wool and some elbow grease help a lot.

A longer soak in your acid solution will remove most of the verdigris. It won't hurt sound nickel-plate at all, but may lift some where it's undermined by corrosion.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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