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Razor Revamp Service

$69.00
SKU:
RevampService

 Product Description

Have a razor that needs to be fixed, polished and plated in a new metal? Revamp it!

 

A few quick answers to recent common questions updated last: 8/10/17

1. Razors are completed based on first come first serve. Our current turnaround time is to 3-4 weeks on average. 

2. The Tune Up service is included in the price of your Revamp. Razors will be returned functioning as best as possible only being sent home when they complete several quality control checks. We have the knowledge and expertise to fix many razor issues. Unfortunately, we cannot go back in time,  so please remember your razor is vintage and we can only do the best with the limitations of your razor. If you have specific questions about what to expect when your razor comes home to you, please call and speak with us before sending it in.

3. If at anytime you have a question about your Revamp please check the status then call us at 855.264.1199 or e-mail help@razoremporium.com

4) Toggles, Stahly Live Blades, Red Dot and Bottom Dial Fatboys are considered Specialty Razors from the drop down. 

 

WHAT WE DO

Finding a vintage razor online or at an antique store can be fun and an economical way to try out some of the classic performing models. However what do you do with the pitts, rust, worn plating and broken components that sometimes come with it? We designed our Revamp Service to address all of these issues and deliver to you a vintage razor that looks and functions like it just left the factory floor!

 

HOW IT WORKS

  1. We first clean your razor in our industrial ultrasonic machine to remove any soap scum, mineral deposits and grime. Disassembly is carried out for the best results. 
  2. Razor is stripped of original plating using a gentle chemical bath.
  3. All areas of the razor are then resurfaced; removing minor scratches and minor dents that could have formed over the years. 
  4. Next we carefully polish the inside and out of your razor, bringing the vintage metal up to a high luster. 
  5. Mechanical adjustments are made to ensure the best functionality of your razor.
  6. We then plate the razor in-house using 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.
  7. We carry out any painting that is needed - numbers on adjusters, tips on super speeds and black handles, black lines on fatboys and toggles. We bake the paint on for greater durability at no additional cost.
  8. Razors are again cleaned and sanitized before being lubricated and mailed back home. We include a free POLISHING CLOTH that will safely keep the shine on your vintage find!

 

WHY IT MATTERS

  • We fix 'em. As expert collectors, we're qualified to perform mechanical adjustments to make your razor function as it was intended to from the factory wherever possible
  • We resurface the metal. Plating alone would be like painting a hail-damaged car
  • Longer lasting. We plate 2-3 Times thicker than anyone else
  • Razors arrive Shave Ready. We clean, polish, lubricate, paint, test and sanitize all razors before they're sent back to you
  • We stand behind our work. If you ever have an issue with your revamped razor, send it to us and we'll make things right

 

QUALIFIED RAZORS

With thousands of razors successfully revamped, 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:

  • Black Handled Super Speeds
  • Blue Tip/ Light Super Speeds
  • 1960's Lady Gillette's

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SENDING IN YOUR RAZOR

  • "Add to Cart" this service, check-out and make payment.
  • You will purchase Shipping during checkout, this is how we will return your razor after completion.
  • You will receive an Order Confirmation E-mail within an hour of purchase. Follow the e-mails instructions and print your Ticket with barcode. Include this form when shipping your razor.
  • Send in your razor however you choose - USPS Small Flat Rate box is our recommendation. The postage you have purchased already is for return shipping.
  • We'll let you know when we receive your razor and keep you updated during the process. 
  • Our turn-around time is 3-4 weeks once we receive your razor.

 


Keep in mind...

Most surface scratches, dings and dents can be either minimized or removed all together through our surface restoration, however deep pitting or other serious metal imperfections can't be removed! These areas will leave texture underneath the plating, and still be visible.We take into consideration the integrity of the metal before aesthetics and sometimes corrosion, pitting or dents are just too deep to safely be removed on parts of the razor. Know that we will do our best to make your razor sparkle and shine, but are limited by what we receive from you

If your razor does not meet the Mirror Finish Revamp standards due to serious corrosion or pitting, you will be contacted before work begins, order changed to Factory Finish, and refunded the difference. If you would prefer a full refund we can issue one minus the cost of return shipping.

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OUR GUARANTEE

We promise to deliver to you a "Shave Ready" razor that has been polished, adjusted, plated, painted, sanitized and lubricated. We guarantee our work for 6 months from the date we ship it back to you, giving you the confidence to enjoy using a quality vintage razor! Please CONTACT US with any other questions!  

 

WHICH METAL SHOULD I CHOOSE?

We know picking a metal can be a hard decision, hopefully this chart makes it easier than ever!

METAL

DURABILITY

TARNISH RESISTANCE

HARDNESS

SHINE

GILLETTE MODELS - HISTORICAL FINISHES 

OVERALL RATING

Rhodium 1940's Executive, 1950's President, British TTO Aristocrats
24K Gold Most models feature a thin 14K Gold with lacquer.
Rose Gold None
Factory Nickel Super Speed, Ranger Tech, Senator, Fatboy, Slim, 3 Pc.Techs
Factory Gold Gold Techs, Old Type
Chrome* 1930's NEW Criterion

 

* While Chrome is a great metal choice for bumpers and car wheels, it reacts with water over time and without proper care, can easily start to blister and crack. On adjustable razors, it often interferes with moving parts and its brittleness doesn't do well with the flex and rubbing of metal-on-metal components that twist and tighten. For this reason we do not offer Chrome but have it here as a baseline comparison. Similarly we no longer offer Silver as an option because the upkeep required is rigorous and it tarnishes quickly.

 

FACTORY FINISH / NICKEL

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. We call our Nickel service "Factory Finish" because we start by chemical stripping and glass bead blasting the surface to get a very smooth, uniform texture in the base metal. Each resurfaced component is then lighting brushed and polished to replicate the tumbled texture that most Gillette, Gem, Ever-Ready and other vintage razors came with as "stock."  Corrosion, rusting, and pitting that cannot be polished out will cause new plating to appear textured; however, utilizing glass bead blasting to disguise this scarring, a beautiful and modern finish can be achieved. We highly recommend this finish option for most every vintage razor as it certainly "saves" razors that just have minor plating issues and is great for daily shaving razors. See some great BEFORE & AFTER photos here and learn more about the way Gillette plated in this "factory" style in this recent blog post.

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RHODIUM

Rhodium is a hard white metal in the group of platinum metals. It is very resistant to corrosion and will not tarnish. It is also very reflective and has a brilliant white shine. It is a precious metal, more expensive than the more commonly known gold and platinum. To achieve this finish, we first strike bright copper plating directly onto the raw brass parts to establish good chemical adhesion of the subsequent layers. Next a nickel plate is applied - creating a hard and durable surface that will help make the final finish shine. Finally, a deposit of Rhodium plating is applied which will have a bright and shiny luster that should last for years to come. Cleaning rhodium is about as easy as it comes: a simple light scrub with a soft-bristle tooth brush and dish soap should remove any soap scum that may form on the surfaces over time with normal usage. Lightly buff the metal with a dry cotton cloth when you're done rinsing it

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GOLD

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. To achieve this finish, we first strike bright copper plating directly onto the raw brass parts to establish good chemical adhesion of the subsequent layers. Next a nickel plate is applied - creating a hard and durable surface that will help make the final finish shine. Finally, a heavy deposit of 24K Gold plating is applied which will have a bright and shiny luster that should last for years to come. Cleaning of the razor would be similar to any gold jewelry; best carried out by a professional or specialized Gold cleaning products.

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FACTORY GOLD

Exactly the same finishing and surface prep as the "Factory Nickel" option, just with a final top coat of 24K Gold. This finish is a great option for razors that suffer from pitting, corrosion or other base metal imperfections that can't easily be polished out or removed. The intention here is to also replicate the "tumbled" gold-over-nickel-plate finish that Gillette used on models such as the Tech, Old Type or Milord. This option is a great choice for those that want more of a luster finish rather than a mirror finish. Durability and cleaning guidelines are exactly the same as the normal mirror finish gold revamp.

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ROSE GOLD

Rose gold plating is a high karat Gold finish with a mixture of copper added. It provides a rose colored hue. At this time it should be noted that Rose Gold is a decorative finish and SHOULD NOT be chosen if everyday shaving is intended for the razor. It makes for a great display / collection piece however the nature of Rose Gold is susceptible to wear / oxidation around water and the Rose color will change within a few weeks if it is used for shaving. 

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SILVER

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. This is a great choice for Old Type (Double Ring, Single Ring, Bulldog) or New Improved (Standard, Big Fellow, Tuckaway) Gillette razors if you are trying to stay with the historic metal finish. But keep in mind that Silver will patina just the same any silverware; thus for daily shaving will need polishing from time to time. Cleaning of the razor would be similar to any silver jewelry; best carried out by a professional or specialized Silver cleaning products such as our Razor Emporium polishing cloth.

 

DUAL TONE

If you'd like to mix and match finishes, just select the precious metal of the higher value and indicate on your shipping form what parts you'd like in what metal. We're happy to help make your razor custom and unique!

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  1. NOT SHINY ENOUGH

    Posted by ALBERTO COLL on 19th Sep 2017

    PURCHASED A "CUSTOM MADE" FATBOY AND JUST RECEIVED IT. VERY HAPPY WITH THE RAZOR'S PERFORMANCE, BUT NOT SATISFIED WITH THE COSMETIC/REVAMPING ASPECT. THE RED DOT INDICATOR HAS LITTLE PAINT AS COMPARED TO THE PHOTOS AND THE REVAMP VIDEO ON THEIR WEBSITE. I SPECIFICALLY CALLED WHEN I PLACED THE ORDER TO ENSURE THIS WAS DONE. I WAS TOLD IT WAS PART OF THEIR PROCESS.YOU CAN HARDLY SEE IT! I HAD ORDERED THE RHODIUM PLATING WHICH ON THE WEBSITE LOOKS VERY SHINY. MINE IS DOLL AND LOOKS LIKE REGULAR NICKEL (NO BRILLIANT WHITE SHINE AS ADVERTISED)! I WAS EXPECTING A "NEW LOOKING RAZOR" AS SHOWN ON THEIR WEBSITE, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT i RECEIVED.


  2. WOW! One week turnaround for FatBoy E-2 revamp.

    Posted by Robert Meadows on 18th Sep 2017

    Worth every penny. Outstanding workmanship and service. I will be sending in SlimBoy for revamp soon. Thanks Matt for your service.


  3. 1920's Bostonian, Canada

    Posted by Dave on 7th Sep 2017

    The job took a little longer then the website suggests. I did get a call from Matt apologizing and explaining the delay. That was very nice.

    The Razor? Perfect.


  4. 1956 Gillette SuperSpeed Red Tip Revamped

    Posted by ST on 2nd Sep 2017

    I sent my old Red Tip razor in to be revamped in Rhodium. I'm absolutely amazed at how great this razor turned out. Matt and his Team really outdid themselves on it. I couldn't be more happy with the razor. Thank you very much!!!


  5. Razor looks great!

    Posted by Stoney House II on 21st Aug 2017

    I had my $1.95 Fatboy re-plated in rhodium. The finish does look very nice although the coating is kinda thick. I'm not really complaining about that because as I said, it does look really great and has a mirror finish. The only complaint I have is I expected to get it back within the 3-4 weeks mentioned but it actually ended up being about 8 weeks. But as far as the product, I am very happy with it. I have another fatboy that I am going to send in to have a fresh nickel coating put on.


  6. Plating looks great....

    Posted by David B. on 15th Aug 2017

    The Factory Gold plating looks great and unique on my $1.95 Adjustable. However, after 3 shaves on my refinished razor, the fresh black paint in the band has flaked off.


  7. Revamp Service

    Posted by Unknown on 6th Aug 2017

    Revamp of a Gillette Milord Razor- I picked up a Gillette Milord Razor with its case which was in great shape at a Flea Market. However the plating on the razor was worn exposing the copper. After the revamp service that Razor Emporium performed it looks new again.


  8. Beautiful ABC Empire Revamp

    Posted by Tim Spencer on 25th Jul 2017

    You can read about the full shave set I made along with images from this razor's restoration here:
    http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/silver-shave-kit-the-finale.55513/

    I'm beyond ecstatic about the final outcome of this restoration. This ended up what I've wanted for a year now. I will try to preserve and cherish this wonderful antique razor that has been made new again.


  9. Great sentimental save!

    Posted by Alan M on 30th Jun 2017

    The Rhodium revamp of my father’s old Gillette TTO Fatboy came out beautifully and has allowed me to re-use it again. I discovered that as the original plating had worn away, the skin on my shaving hand was reacting to the nickel in the razor, like a low-grade caustic burn. If it weren’t for the replating I would have had to sadly mothball the razor.


  10. 1959 Gillette Fatboy Executive 24-k revamp service

    Posted by Justin F. on 31st May 2017

    I watched all the YouTube videos on your revamp service and I have to say the holding the actual finished product in my hands, the videos don't do it justice. My razor is a 1959 Gillette fatboy executive and it looks and feels like I traveled back to 1959 in a time machine and bought it right from the local drugstore. Thank you guys so much for your amazing work!!!!!!


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