This is our comprehensive cleaning, resurfacing and re-plating service designed to give the best possible results for vintage shaving razors that have seen better days. By preparing the razors prior to plating and restoring them after they return, results as you see below are possible in most instances.
All razors are cleaned and stripped of all soap scum and original plating. All areas of the razor are then resurfaced; removing pitting, scratches and minor dents that could have formed over the years. At this time, a mechanical inspection is given to the razor to make sure it opens/closes and holds a blade properly and any needed repairs are performed. We then plate the razor in the desired material of your choice (see below) at 8 micro-inches- thicker than Gillette and nearly 3 times that of any other plating facility today for Rhodium or 24K Gold.
Before the razor is ready for you to shave with again, we clean off any residue from the plating solution and give a final buff and polish to the surfaces. Next, specialized paint numbers, indicators, and color-coded tips are restored to "like-new" factory specifications. Razors are then re-assembled, sterilized in an ultrasonic cleaner, packaged with an official Razor Polishing Cloth and will return to you in Shave-Ready condition.
With hundreds of razors successfully plated, we have a fairly good idea of what is achievable from this process. The best results come from razors made of brass or stainless steel. This includes nearly every razor from Gillette. Unfortunately we are unable to plate the following in any capacity:
Our gold plating is hard acid gold which allows for good wear and brightness. It is applied thicker than Gillette had ever plated and should last for decades to come with normal usage. We plate exclusively in 24 Karat, the purist form of the element Au (Gold) at 99.9%. It has the highest luster of that deep and rich yellow color. Cleaning of the razor would be similar to any gold jewelry; best carried out by a professional or specialized Gold cleaning products.
Rose gold plating is a high karat Gold finish with a layer of copper added. It provides a rose colored hue and is very similar in all other ways to the wear / qualities of regular gold.
Nickel is a hard, white, abrasion resistant metal. As an under-plate it provides corrosion protection and helps brighten the finish. This was the most commonly used plating choice for most of the Gillette and other safety razors because it was relatively inexpensive, robust, and looks good for a very long time despite heavy usage and wear. Clean nickel with dish detergent and a soft bristle tooth brush on a regular basis to maintain a soap-scum free shine. Polish only when heavy tarnish is present with a cotton cloth and products like Flitz or MAAS.
The whitest of all precious metals, silver is a classic metal choice that has been used in safety razors for generations. It is applied thicker than Gillette had ever plated and should last for decades to come with normal usage. Cleaning of the razor would be similar to any silver jewelry; best carried out by a professional or specialized Silver cleaning products.
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Posted by Derrill on 12th Aug 2014
I recently had Razor Emporium revamp my 1941 Ranger Tech. The razor returned in flawless condition and I'm sure I will utilize this service in the future. Thanks, Matt and staff!
Posted by Will on 12th Aug 2014
I bought a safety razor on eBay. I liked the style, but the original plating was almost completely worn off. The Razor Revamp did the trick--when I got the razor back, the nickel plating looked great, and the razor felt like brand new. I love it.
Posted by Ryan Buzzard on 11th Aug 2014
Nine sent in looking or working like they were beat like a rented mule...
Nine came back looking and working great
Posted by Dave on 11th Aug 2014
My Gillette slim was in rough shape, but these guys did a fantastic job. Worth the wait.
Posted by John Reda on 5th Aug 2014
In late June 2014 I sent my first double edge razor out for replating and I must say that the work that Razor Emporium was really very good. The razor was not in bad shape to begin with but did require some resurfacing due to plate loss. The razor came back to me looking like new, or at least what it looked like in 1963 when it was manufactured.
It did take about 1 month to be retuned and that seems excessive but all in all I am pleased with the results so much so that I have sent my 1954 Gillette DE for replating to Razor Emporium.
Posted by Unknown on 5th Aug 2014
I sent in a beat up Fat Boy showing lots of brass and got back a fancy nickel plated gem. Looks and performs like new. When are you guys opening up a spa to do the same for me! Thanks!
Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2014
I had two Gillette NEW razors revamped in two tone gold and they look fantastic! A few polishing scratches remain but not enough to take away from the wonderful gold plating.
Posted by Joseph Bascue on 31st Jul 2014
Beautiful like new condition, didn't get a polishing cloth though which would have been a treat!
Thanks guys so much!
Posted by Rob on 31st Jul 2014
I came across Razor Emporium in the course of searching the web to find information about razors. The reconditioning service was characterized by very high reviews. After having had a beard for ages, I had decided to once again return to shaving in the classic style and purchased a Gillette Slim K 2 adjustable on E-Bay. I initially decided to request a tune-up, but indicated I would "upgrade" to reconditioning if that was recommended, and that in fact occurred. When the razor came back it looked like new. Initially I sensed a bit of stiffness with the adjusting ring, but that disappeared after working it a bit. If functionality rather than appearance is a primary concern, I expect a tune-up would be fine, but there is no question that the revamp will please the person seeking an aesthetic upgrade for an older razor.
Posted by John on 23rd Jul 2014
I sent in an old, aren't they all?, Fat Bot missing its finish and received back a razor that looked brand new. Even a nice handwritten note saying they could not get some of the deeper scratches out. Funny I couldn't even find them. The included polishing cloth was a nice touch too.
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