Is there an easy "do at home" way to remove gold plate?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by gorgo2, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I found an early '50s Aristocrat today. Some of the gold is missing so I want to go all the way with it and get this fine shaver down to bare nickel. Does anyone know a surefire way to get rid of ALL plating, esp. on the knurling, that won't mess up the nickel? I saw an Aristocrat plated in silver or rhodium and it looked 10x better than in gold (imo), but I don't want to shell out for that right now. Thanks for any advice...
  2. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

  3. lindyhopper66

    lindyhopper66 Well-Known Member

    I accidentally found MAAS polish/cleaner takes off gold plating. I was trying to polish a gold Aristocrat and found out I shouldn't have done that. To get it all off might take some work.
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  4. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    That is why I don't recommend MAAS for gold razors. Excellent product, but like Brasso, it can do some damage if not used on the correct metal types (Nickel, Chrome, Brass, Copper).
  5. battle.munky

    battle.munky Has the menthol.munky on his back!

    I was gonna say Brasso or Nev-R-Dull and a lot of scrubbing and attention to detail.....Maybe if you did some googling you could find out. I know cyanidation will encourage the gold atoms to relase but it require cyanide and uhm....professional skills that can still kill you if you don't have the right equipment.

    So, Brasso!
  6. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I did a local search and found an out of the way plating shop that's on my way home from work. Gonna ring them up and ask them how much to just remove the gold and leave the nickel intact.
  7. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Yeah, I've used Simichrome to get similar results as Brasso. Doors come out perfectly stripped but it's impossible (for me) to get all the gold out of the knurling.
  8. wknicholas

    wknicholas Well-Known Member

    My experience exactly! MAAS polish removed most of the gold plating on a Gillette NEW open comb razor. However, Reliable Electroplating did an excellent job of cleaning it up thoroughly before re-plating it in nickel! :)
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