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, 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 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.
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Posted by Unknown on 15th Apr 2014
My Gillette Fat Boy looks like it just came from the factory.
Fantastic job of prepping for the plating... very good all over!!
The only tell that it was not all original is the dial indicator was not painted red.
It's still an heirloom.
Ryan Buzzard M.S.
Mountain Grove, MO
Posted by JL Kessler on 15th Apr 2014
Had my '64 Gillette Slim Adjustable replated with gun metal and it turned out great. Surfaces are smooth as silk and the razor's mechanisms feel tight and calibrated. This razor now looks flawless and the gun metal is a welcome change from how most DEs look these days.
If I had any complaint it is that the numbers appear to be painted in a VERY subtle white paint. They don't pop like I would like - something with more contrast, like red, would have looked better with the gun metal finish IMO. Another note is that, although the process took time (approx. 60-75 days), Razor Emporium does a good job of keeping you up to date; sending regular emails as the project status is updated.
All in all, a very nice service to bring a great razor back to its former glory!
Posted by Tim in St. Louis on 14th Apr 2014
The good people at Razor Emporium restored my Gillette Slim Adjustable to better-than-new condition. The razor is a family heirloom and I couldn't be happier.
Posted by KMC on 11th Apr 2014
My revamped Gillette Fatboy F1 looks brand new, clad in rhodium, after Razor Emporium's (RE) revamp service. I could tell that TLC had been lavished on it.
What the revamp service cannot fix - and I didn't expect it to perform miracles - was that the TTO knob didn't have that characteristic last one-quarter locking turn feel. I attributed this to the age of the razor rather than any shortcoming on the part of RE.
The RE revamp service is highly recommended to give a new lease of life to your treasured antique razor.
Posted by Ryan Buzzard on 11th Apr 2014
Surface preparation is the key to a high quality finished product .
I have 7 razors either completed or are near completion , and they all look fantastic !!!
Posted by Carl on 11th Apr 2014
I have a Gillette 1959 fat boy that is near and dear to me. I used to watch my father shave with one and he would never let me touch his. I don't know what happened to that one but once I grew up I was determined to have one and I intend for my son to use it one day as well so I decided to take a chance and send it to razor REVAMP and picked Rhodium for the plating as it's the most durable and easy to care for then I crossed my fingers and held my breath and waited and waited and waited. But it was worth the wait! These guys did an incredible job with it. Everything works perfectly and the finish and shine are perfect. It's in better shape than the day it was made. Thanks Razor Emporium, i'll use it proudly and know my son will one day as well, he's already eyeing it haha!
Posted by Unknown on 7th Apr 2014
Got my 58 Gillette adjustable replated in nickel, and the quality of work exceeded expectations, definitely worth the wait. Thanks Matt and everyone else for your services!
Posted by Satisfied Customer on 7th Apr 2014
I sent my Gillette Slim to be REVAMP in Rhodium. When I received the razor back, I was truly impressed. Not only did the finish look flawless, but the razor had more positive lockup! It is now a brand new razor. I will be using this service again for my Fatboy.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Apr 2014
The nickel plating was shiny and flawless. This fat boy looks new. Thanks.
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