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.
Our Razor REVAMP Process - 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, any specialized paint such as numbers, indicators, or color-coded tips are restored to "like-new" factory specifications. Razors are then re-assembled, sterilized in an ultrasonic cleaner, packaged with a Certificate of Revamp and will return to you in Shave-Ready condition.
Rhodium Razor Plating - 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. 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.
Gold Razor Plating- 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 Razor Plating- 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 Razor Plating- 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.
Silver Razor Plating- 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.
Gun Metal Nickel- Razors are first plated in nickel and then a second step is carried out to create the dark appearance. This finish is an homage to early Gillette Pocket Edition models that featured this finish on the case. Gun Metal Nickel has a rustic quality and the surface has color tones that are unique akin to the patina of leather. 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.
Chrome- A hard coating after Nickel plating, Chrome is NOT suitable / recommended for ANY Gillette razor and was only used by them briefly in the 1930's. Our chrome revamp service is designed to repair / restore 2 and 3 piece razors such as Eclipse, Pomco and the like. Please consider traditional Nickel plating first and only choose chrome if the original metal finish was chrome.
Posted by Unknown on 11th Mar 2014
I sent in my 1961 Gillette slim adjustable for the Revamp. The results were just short of amazing. The Rhodium plating was flawless, and the razor was returned to me in "showcase" condition. I almost hate to use it! Thanks Razor Emporium.
Posted by Erik on 11th Mar 2014
I sent on old Fatboy I had purchased on eBay for a Rhodium razor revamp. I received the razor yesterday and it had to believe it was first made in 1959!!! It is stunning and works AAAAA++++++. This service is just great and well worht the time and money! The best part is now I have an amazing razor!!!!! Thanks!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Mar 2014
Several firms and individuals offer can replete your vintage razors, but I doubt anyone has the range of options as Razor Emporium. I chose the basic nickel replating so it would be like the original razor.
As promised, the whole process was about a month and a half, and you get regular emails when the next stage of the process of done
The revamped razor ended up like new. While the adjustable setting seemed a little stiff at first, a little oil and use makes for very pleasing shaver.
Posted by Unknown on 10th Mar 2014
Yesterday I received my Gillette Fat Boy razor back from being refubished and replated. You exceeded my best expectations, and I won't hesitate to use your services again soon. Thank you, Mike .
Posted by Paul McWilliams on 9th Mar 2014
I sent Matt a Gillette Slim adjustable razor to be "revamped". The razor was in pretty good shape for being 50 years old,but I wanted to get this for my little brothers birthday. I was shocked when I got it back,it looked like a BRAND NEW razor that was just made! I had the razor plated in the Rhodium finish,and it looks BEAUTIFUL! If anyone is thinking about having this service done,then let me tell you that you won't be sorry! Excellent service,and I highly recommend this service. Matt and crew did a fine job.
Posted by Julio on 27th Feb 2014
I sent a Gillete Fat Boy to be revamped. It wasn't in bad shape but I just want it to look nicer than when I bought it. It took almost two month for me to get it back, but IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT! Wow! I will recommend your services to everyone.
If you are an impatient person and don't care how your product would look, Razor Emporium is not for you. But if you want quality, it's Razor Emporium all the way.
Thank you Matt for a great job.
Posted by Dan on 15th Feb 2014
I am extremely satisfied with this razor. It was revamped by wisards at Razor Emporium and it is absolutely gorgeous. No visible flaws and the razor looks as it never ever was used. I definitely recommend buying revamped razors from Razor Emporium. They do outstanding job and you would love their razors brought back to life.
Posted by Mark Newcomb on 29th Jan 2014
I recently received my 1962 slim adjustable back from a revamp with rhodium plating.
The razor is now in better condition than as originally manufactured. How can I say that?
First, Rhodium is a much better material to use on shaving equipment than either Chrome or Nickel because it is harder and less prone to wear. Gold and Silver should be cleaned the same way as expensive jewelry. Rhodium can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Second, the plating is thicker than what was originally on the razor. This translates intro long life.
This was well worth the price.
Posted by S. Greene on 3rd Jan 2014
I sent my Gillette Fatboy in for a Revamp some time back and was blown away at the job Razor Emporium did. This old razor got a new life and years of future enjoyment for me to use this awesome razor. I have a "New" 1961 Gillette Fatboy now!
Thanks for a great job.
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