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 Jon on 21st Apr 2015
My Gillette Slim Adjustable from 1962 was found in an antique shop, not in the best shape. Matt and company found the tune-up wouldn't give best results, so I opted for the Re-vamp. The razor was returned in nearly new condition, and now is the centerpiece of my six razor collection. Highly recommended for those razors that deserve the best in TLC!
Posted by Todd Spaulding on 21st Apr 2015
Sent in two late 40's vintage Aristocrats for re-plating in Rhodium, one with minor mechanical issues. Plating came out beautiful, and the mechanical issue was corrected. Great communication throughout the process. Thank you so much, I'm a very pleased customer.
Posted by My Fathers son on 20th Apr 2015
I sent my Fathers Gillette G4 razor to be re-plated. It was an attempt to keep a part if him alive and it is my daily shaver. To my amazement, this razor is far far far more beautiful than when it was new. If he was still here to see it he would tell me "Job well done son!" Thank you for surpassing my furthest imagination of what to expect. In the near future I will be sending my backup razor and a blade case to be treated with the same love and care by you.
Posted by Unknown on 11th Apr 2015
All around great sevive. Sent two vintage Gillette razors to Razor Emporium and both came back better than new. Approximately 1 month wait time which they said. Excellent communication. They emailed me 3 or 4 times during the razors process from receiving, to cleaning, to plating, to return shipping. I even called before I shipped the razors to ask a few questions and there customer service rep said you can ask me all the questions you want, I will answer them all. Definitely recommended company. Will do business with them again. Thanks for your great service..
PS..Take good care of my Gillette fatboy you are revamping...
Posted by Keith Coyne on 11th Apr 2015
Sent razors Priority Mail from Pittsburgh on April 8th , received this e-mail from the Emporium ----------------------------------- 10th Apr 2015 @ 5:44 PM
Razor Emporium Said:
Hello and thank you for your order, your razors have been received and checked in for service.
We look forward to updating you on their progress here.
Best Wishes & Happy shaving,
Posted by Anthony. on 10th Apr 2015
The Aristocrat razor had badly worn gold plating, and as I wanted to use the razor at the gym, I had it plated in nickel.
Now it's a real Beauty! and the plating is flawless. Thanks Razor Emporium for giving new life to a tired old razor.
Posted by Kim Johnson on 6th Apr 2015
My Gillette Fatboy was in good shaving condition, a little brassing and light scratching, it just looked tired. Now with a cleaning and new Nickel plating it is beautiful. I was torn between getting just a cleaning or going all in with new plating. I now have no regrets. My other shavers will soon follow.
Posted by Captain Kessler on 24th Mar 2015
I asked RE to find and restore me a razor made my birth year.
The workmanship is second to none. I have shaved it for the last week and Il love it.
Posted by Ron on 22nd Mar 2015
Sent old Fat Boy and got it back in better than new condition. Looks so good don't know if I want to use it. No, will use it.
Posted by Jeremy on 19th Mar 2015
Sent in a1959 Fat Boy for a revamp service to be re-plated in Rhodium. Took about 5wks to come back, but when it did I was blown away at fantastic quality! Not only did the razor look outstanding, but the mechanics of the razor were obviously adjusted as well to operate like-new. This service truly does live up to the name! Thanks Razor Emporium!!! I'll be sending more business your way. :-)
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