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Razor Revamp Service

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 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: 3/18/17

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

 

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. the best

    Posted by John Dean on 7th May 2017

    I sent in a Fat Boy 1959. The adjustment mechanism was frozen. The razor was not well cared for. It was in poor shape. A few weeks later the razor was sent back to me in a new condition. I could not be happier.


  2. Fantastic Restoration. My Favorite Razor.

    Posted by Tim Spencer on 30th Apr 2017

    This restoration met all of my requests and the results were better than my imagined expectations going in. A true 5-star restoration.

    You can see the overview of the shave kit here:
    http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/silver-shave-kit-the-finale.55513/#post-1235002


  3. D.E. safety razor restoration

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Apr 2017

    Nice finish and restoration. Thank you!


  4. Glamorous Gillette Aristocrat is Golden Again

    Posted by Todd F on 18th Apr 2017

    My estate sale 1946/47 Gillette Aristocrat (with case and blade bank) was in fair condition. Send it to Razor Emporium for evaluation and services. Matt recommended a two-tone finish (Rodium and factory gold) for the razor and a nickle for the blade bank.

    My service was done within 3 weeks and my razor returned well packaged. Wow. This razor is beautiful to behold and the TTO action is smooth. The fit and finish are excellent. The razor delivers a close and comfortable shave...the hallmarks of the Aristocrat!

    The customer service was outstanding. While I tend to stay away from such lofty grading, the staff at Razor Emporium did all the could to update and recommend. Any disappointment in this experience was my own doing. I will say, if you are sending in a razor for evaluation, ensure you include what work YOU wish to be done. Razor Emporium CAN do a razor case tune-up as well. My suggestion is tell them you want everything (razor, blade bank, and case) evaluated and they will let you know if they recommend services on those items.


  5. wonderful service

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Apr 2017

    Great service, wonderful results. I was very pleased with all stages of service & especially the results!


  6. Fantastic revamp service

    Posted by Brenda on 28th Mar 2017

    Had my 1962 Gillette slim revamped, turn around time was very fast and I was kept updated with the progress.The razor looks fantastic,identical to a 64 slim that's mint.the mechanics are now flawless and its shaves wonderfully! Thanks to all for doing such a wonderful job.Im looking forward to having other razors revamped by you in the future.


  7. Vintage razor restoration

    Posted by Unknown on 23rd Mar 2017

    Wonderful looking and performing finish.


  8. Best Revamp service also for overs seas customer

    Posted by Yann on 22nd Mar 2017

    I purchased a Gillette Adjustable Fatboy DE razor in France and contacted Razor Emporium in order to get it revamped.
    I received good advice and service during this first touch with them.
    I was well guided by the team on how to send them my safety razor.
    It took five days, from France, to have the razor delivered to Razor Emporium shop.
    Once delivered to the team by the parcel company, I got a confirmation email that it was well received on their side and that they are starting the revamp process.
    As per Razor Emporium website it takes around eight weeks to get a safety razor revamped, depending on its state.
    As the reasonable end of revamp process date was coming up, I contacted the team to get an update.
    And I was surprise to learn that my safety razor was about to be sent back to me soon.
    I received it back a week after the team’s update and the result was outstanding!
    I couldn’t imagine it was the same Gillette Adjustable Fatboy DE razor I sent month ago.
    It looks like the razor is brand new! Coming out from Gillette factory!
    The result is really worth the money I spent.
    If you are looking for the best quality of service at a fair price, this is the way to go to get you vintage safety razor back to life.
    I hardly recommend this revamp service to any safety razor owner.

    Razor Emporium is the best!


  9. Razor Emporium "RE"-Best Revamps of my Three 1950's eBay-finds Razors

    Posted by sandyc on 19th Feb 2017

    Sent three eBay1950's razor auction wins to RE with their easy mail-in instructions, one-Gillette Slim and two-Black Beauties and after 6-8 weeks, voila', what arrived were three exquisite, essentially, new Gillette razors that are now part of my super-sharp, adjustable 1-9 settings shaving arsenal (using Feather blades). I ordered the Rhodium revamps and they are fantastic and they work as if they just came from the Gillette factory in the 1950's. I also bought a Gillette Slim directly from RE skipping the auction win cost and step and that was great as well. Highly recommend RE...just do it but be patient...it does take time to get this quality with so many people in queue ahead of you awaiting their orders.


  10. I have 3 revamped razors, all are great!

    Posted by Timothy Spencer on 12th Feb 2017

    I have 3 revamped razors from here. All came out fantastic. I have owned them now for about 6-7 months. I have yet another razor that will be revamped soon. Razor Emporium is great!


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