04-04-2012, 08:14 PM
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I have a Birth year / quarter Slim Adjustable I would like to have re-plated and have the numbers repainted. I know of two places which do this, Razor Emporium and West Coast Razors.

I am looking for any recommendations or feedback any place which does this service. This is the only razor I will get re-plated and am only doing so since it is my birth year one and I want it to look good. So I am more into the "best" service, not the "cheapest".

Thanks for any feedback.

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 04-04-2012, 08:34 PM
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I can't speak from personal experience, but I will at least volunteer these two observations:

1) On multiple sites, I have seen enough bad reports about Razor Emporium to lead me to believe that they should be avoided.
2) The product that I have seen coming from West Coast Razors and the positive comments that I have seen about Dave's work and service lead me to believe that he should be strongly considered.

That would be my approach anyhow.

Cheers,

Mark

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 04-04-2012, 08:35 PM
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I know two guys that had their razors replated at Raor Emporium and were super happy with the work that those guys did.Wasnt really chea,but for them,it was worth it.Ill ask them some pics of the razors (a Fatboy and a #66,if the memory dont fail me at this time).

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 04-04-2012, 08:37 PM
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I have read a number of bad "reviews" of Razor Emporium on B&B, but I also know that they like Greg at iKon did not "pay" there to be vendors and both are considered "banned" at B&B, so I don't lend much credence to B&B on vendors as I have found Greg awesome and his razors are the best I own and use.

I will say that Dave has been very prompt with his replies tonight.

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 04-05-2012, 07:19 AM
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I had a razor revamped by RE and I was very disappointed with the results. The head plate had flaking on the underside and the screw piece was bent.

Ive head good things about Reliable Electroplating, based in SE Massachusetts. Also, if you're a member of B&B there is a vendor there (I cannot remember his name or username) who gets a lot of good notices. He's based in the UK.

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 04-05-2012, 07:21 AM
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(04-05-2012, 07:19 AM)jpakstis Wrote: I had a razor revamped by RE and I was very disappointed with the results. The head plate had flaking on the underside and the screw piece was bent.

Ive head good things about Reliable Electroplating, based in SE Massachusetts. Also, if you're a member of B&B there is a vendor there (I cannot remember his name or username) who gets a lot of good notices. He's based in the UK.

onotman I think is his name.

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 04-05-2012, 07:22 AM
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It is probably safetyrazors.co.uk. I've also heard good things from them.

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 04-05-2012, 07:29 AM
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Thanks for all the great recommendations. I have heard of Reliable Electroplating and will give them a call. I have heard they do really good work (probably the best) but I am not sure if they will repaint the numbers.

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 04-05-2012, 12:04 PM
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I have heard great things about Restored Razors

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 04-05-2012, 12:04 PM
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(04-05-2012, 07:21 AM)Dave Wrote: onotman I think is his name.

That's him. Also, Reliable is in Chartley, MA.

(04-05-2012, 12:04 PM)bullgoose Wrote: I have heard great things about Restored Razors

That's onotoman too.

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 04-05-2012, 12:32 PM
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(04-04-2012, 08:37 PM)wingdo Wrote: I have read a number of bad "reviews" of Razor Emporium on B&B, but I also know that they like Greg at iKon did not "pay" there to be vendors and both are considered "banned" at B&B, so I don't lend much credence to B&B on vendors as I have found Greg awesome and his razors are the best I own and use.

There was a thread there not long ago of a Razor Emporium-"revamped" #15 that looked absolutely dreadful. Nobody should have ever put it in a shipping box.

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I've never heard of any other replater doing that sloppy a job.

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 04-05-2012, 02:15 PM
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Reliable Electroplating

304 W. Main St.
Chartley, MA 02712 Phone: 508.222.0620

Call for a quote. Talk to Dale
I have used and can recommend they guys. You wont regret using them. BTW some black Testors paint and very small brushes from a hobby shop and re-painting the numbers is easy. Feel free to shoot me a PM and I can explain.

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 04-08-2012, 06:14 PM
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Reliable electroplating here in MA . I haven't had any work done but he is highly recommended

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 04-14-2012, 11:18 PM
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Hi there. I'd be happy to address any specific concerns about razor replating quality.

We've successfully plated over 1,000 safety razors for customers and have only a handful that weren't happy with the results.

I try very hard to please my customers and have worked to correct any razors that were not up to grade. In regards to the British razor for Don- we resurfaced the doors and plated it again for him. Here's a picture of it after my surfacing work:
[Image: aristocrat_revamp_redo.jpg]

It's on it's way back to Don in Canada. I'm sure he'll update the Shave Den post about it as we've been in touch a lot recently.

If I can clarify anything else I'd love to open this up. Thanks!

(04-08-2012, 06:14 PM)Malakas1981 Wrote: Reliable electroplating here in MA . I haven't had any work done but he is highly recommended

As most people know, we don't actually carry out the plating due to the EPA licensing needed in the USA for the massive quantity of razors we work on. We do all the preparation before and touch up afterwards to make the finished product shine.

Last summer we experimented with using Reliable to carry out the plating only. Not only was the work delayed by 2 months, but they damaged several razors, including this Gem. Now here's an example of a razor I wouldn't send back to a customer:

[Image: reliable_electroplating_destroys_razor.jpg]

After talking to Dale they gave us a refund but our customers suffered.

They're plating is only 3 microinches thick whereas ours is 8. You end up paying more than $60 for Rhodium when you include shipping versus our $79 with free shipping anywhere in the world.

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 04-15-2012, 10:26 AM
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Last year I had two Gillette New open-comb razors re-plated in Nickel by Reliable Electroplating. I was totally satisfied with the quality of their work.

   

Left to right; Gillette New short-comb, and Gillette New long-comb.

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 04-15-2012, 11:55 AM
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(04-15-2012, 10:26 AM)wknicholas Wrote: Last year I had two Gillette New open-comb razors re-plated in Nickel by Reliable Electroplating. I was totally satisfied with the quality of their work.



Left to right; Gillette New short-comb, and Gillette New long-comb.

Nick, those look nice. People seem to ask what to do with those razors when they have lost their original plating and I recommend that they go with nickel. To me it looks better than the original gold or brass treatment.
That is an excellent example.

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 04-15-2012, 01:17 PM
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Wingdo, if you can wait I sent 2 lather catchers to Restored Razors just the other day, I'll post them here (before and after) after I get them back. I'm getting them nickle plated.

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 04-15-2012, 02:41 PM
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(04-15-2012, 11:55 AM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-15-2012, 10:26 AM)wknicholas Wrote: Last year I had two Gillette New open-comb razors re-plated in Nickel by Reliable Electroplating. I was totally satisfied with the quality of their work.


Left to right; Gillette New short-comb, and Gillette New long-comb.

Nick, those look nice. People seem to ask what to do with those razors when they have lost their original plating and I recommend that they go with nickel. To me it looks better than the original gold or brass treatment.
That is an excellent example.

My thinking exactly, Gary. After cleaning these two up with MAAS metal polish, most of the original gold plating was removed, and nickel seemed the best bet.

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 04-15-2012, 03:34 PM
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(04-15-2012, 10:26 AM)wknicholas Wrote: Last year I had two Gillette New open-comb razors re-plated in Nickel by Reliable Electroplating. I was totally satisfied with the quality of their work.



Left to right; Gillette New short-comb, and Gillette New long-comb.

How much do you want for them, Nick? Biggrin

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 04-15-2012, 03:51 PM
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(04-15-2012, 01:17 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Wingdo, if you can wait I sent 2 lather catchers to Restored Razors just the other day, I'll post them here (before and after) after I get them back. I'm getting them nickle plated.

That'll be great. I am in no real rush, just starting to look into my options.

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