D/E razor amatuer restore thread

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by vittocia, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. brit

    brit in a box

    :)
     
  2. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    The soup can cylinder rather than... the ball end? I haven't done my research and wasn't aware there were options!
     
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  3. brit

    brit in a box

    its ok Rick..we understand..;)
     
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  4. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    You find some great razors.
     
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  5. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you sir..i am pretty much done collecting what i want now except for the odd example in the future..no more rad..;)
     
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  6. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Uhhuh..we have all said that!
     
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  7. brit

    brit in a box

    :D
     
  8. vittocia

    vittocia Active Member

    Here are the pics of the 195 I had replated rhodium I took them today
    I don't thick the place it went to does rhodium any more:(
    Paul
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  9. brit

    brit in a box

    the new deluxe handle will look really cool if you have it replated in nickel..i didn't realize the single rings came in gold wash.. very cool..
     
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  10. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    I'm not a Purist, and may get curious when I first get a razor. Knowing the NEW Deluxe were gold wash yet mine got nickled before it came to me? No worries. Not being a historian I haven't checked so I assume the '06 in gold wash is it's original but well worn form.
     
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  11. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool..
     
  12. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    I've been working to master the restoration process. I've had some good luck, but it took a lot of practice to get it right. I actually don't have as many before and after photos, but here's one example.

    Before:
    before.jpg
    Sulfuric Acid, Glycerin, Lead Cathode and 12v:
    During1.jpg
    No more nickel and copper plate intact:
    During2.jpg

    I don't have any photo's of the plating process. I'll have to do something about that.
    After:
    After.jpg
     
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  13. brit

    brit in a box

    looks excellent..nice job..
     
  14. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    I feel less anxiety using restored razors. The few factory original razors I have live in a drawer even though they're still not worth that much. Maybe it's just me.
     
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  15. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    Guys I have literally replated/restored 2 dozen razors this year. I have and will continue to give them as gifts to family and friends. Its fun and rewarding to turn junk back into treasure and fun to give someone a bit of history as a gift. I am also willing to help anyone wanting to learn how. There are kits available online and many of the chemicals are available at your local Home Depot.
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  16. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool..
     
  17. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

    As is probably obvious, refinishing/plating has become it's own hobby for me. It's work from home Wednesday so I decided I would do a side project between meetings (most of the work is waiting while the part is in the bath). This is the first Gillette New Type Long Comb I have done. Getting ready for Open Comb OCtober.

    Cleaned and polished but before alkali (ammonia, TSP, dish soap, and distilled water) bath:
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    I want this one to look really nice so I plated it bright copper first (The cap is already in the nickle bath):
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    The finished razor after nickle bath, polishing, and final wash:
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    I have gotten way beyond using nickle and vinegar and now use jewelry plating electrolytes. However, I still use acid dips and cleaning solutions available at any hardware store.
     

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  18. MrEE

    MrEE Well-Known Member

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  19. brit

    brit in a box

    looks fantastic..
     
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  20. Dirtfarmer

    Dirtfarmer Well-Known Member

    That came out looking amazing. Nice work.
     
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