What clear coat for nickel featherbed frame

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My first post. I am rebuilding a 88 ss I built in 1969/70 and want to protect the original nickel coating but with what ? Tried car clear lacquer but this just comes off Anyone used clear coat on nickel or chrome and what was the results
 

Richard Tool

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I would not clear coat it - moisture will find its way between coating and surface and turn hazy at best and pit surface at worst . I just polish a couple of times a year with Blue Magic and then wax . I did my own nickel plating with the Caswell system on my ES2 nearly 10 years ago and I live at the seashore- the corrosion capital of the universe and the nickel has held up fine. If you must have a coating you might want to try a product called “ Shine Seal “ . This is a ceramic coating that you simply wipe on then polish. I use it on my aluminum castings and it works very well indeed . It is pricey but it does what it claims.
 

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Nickel is a great surface. I have cameras made in the 50s and the matte nickel is still fantastic.
 

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