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Thread: Replate/Chrome?

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    Super Member thepolyparrot's Avatar
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    Thanks so much! It's interesting to see that you get so bright a finish after the nickel plating is gone! I think I just lost some of my chicken-ness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    I've read some very good things about the nickel electro-plating kits you can buy for small parts, too. Have you ever tried any of those?
    I have an electroplating rig. I usually use it for silver plating (yep, already considered it...)
    To plate in nickel I would just need to get some of the solution/salts, but it is doable.

    The main reason manufacturers use nickel plating is because it costs about $2 to plate something, but takes about a hour of labor to actually put a mirror shine on something. WAY cheaper.

    After thinking about this and going to check on a couple of my other "fading plating" old hand-wheels, it seems that Singer did this process of not fully polishing, then plating.

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    Well, How does it look?

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    Before (after first test)
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    It looks great! I am sure it looks better in person. Good job.

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    thanks, and you are right, it was a crappy picture...
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    I like the look of these wheels without the original nickel plating.
    I REALLY like polished iron...
    Last edited by SteveH; 01-04-2013 at 03:18 PM.

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    It really looks beautiful!!!!!!
    ~~Cathy~~

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    Wow!! Steve that looks incredible! What a difference with the before and after look. You can bet Miss Martha will be looking quite stylish at 104 years old with her shiny bling!!!
    Pam

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    I would like to do the same to the other part. I'll do that Saturday when i go into work, and then ship it out on Monday

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    UPDATE:

    I was not able to do this over the weekend, and I forgot to bring in the 1200 grit today, so....

    I should be able to finish this tomorrow and ship Wednesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    UPDATE:

    I was not able to do this over the weekend, and I forgot to bring in the 1200 grit today, so....

    I should be able to finish this tomorrow and ship Wednesday.
    Steve totally not a problem as I have in no hurry. Take your time!

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