Click below to explore each step of our restoration process:
1. Receive pieces
After you contact us and we’re all on the same page with your goals, you’ll ship us your pieces that need restoration. Once we receive the items they are carefully unpackaged, inventoried, and photographed.
2. Preparatory work
If the item is an assembly, like a convertible top, hinges, headlamps, etc., it is carefully documented and disassembled. The plating that is on the item is then stripped off by electrolysis. The item is brought to the bench where the restoration begins. Items are restored in the same manner they were originally crafted, by the use of metal finishing hammers, files, torches, welders, etc. Assemblies are carefully worked together throughout the entire process to ensure proper fit and function. Proper fit and function
Once the item has been repaired, it is ready for the plating process. We use the same basic chemistry as the original plating, but with up to date technology, that will protect your brightwork for years to come. Parts are first copper plated and brought back to the bench, where it is sanded, polished, and prepped for “final” plating. (Where extreme, tight fit is concerned, like sculpted body moldings, the part is returned back to you, after the copper plating, to ensure proper fit to the body before the item is “final” plated.) The part is then “racked” up and the final plating is applied. If it is to be chrome, the part is nickel plated first and then chrome plated. Other “final” plating may be nickel, brass, sterling silver, “watts” nickel (nickel used for most European car engines and chassis), “satin” nickel, and gold. Attention to original plating detail and type is monumental in restoring a part correctly. Special fixturing may be necessary to make sure that chrome is “thrown” into the recessed areas of a part to avoid nickel “shadowing”.
4. Final Inspection and assembly
Whether it be making rivets to assemble headlamps and convertible top irons, to placing the cloisonné’ badge on the radiator, all parts are finished with the same attention to detail and originality. Parts are then carefully packaged and shipped back to you, ready to put onto the car. You will not need to worry about “cleaning” threads, fitting pieces, etc., as we have already done that for you.