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Razor Revamp Service

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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: 6/10/16

1. Razors are completed based on first come first serve. Our current turnaround time is to 4 - 6 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 knowldege 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. Because the steps of our service have changed, so have our updates. We are working to update you when your razor progresses, but if at anytime you have a question about your Revamp please 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. 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 better when/if 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 6-8 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.

As of 10/20/2015, If your razor does not meet the Revamp standards due to serious corrosion or pitting, you will be contacted before work begins, order changed to Factory Finish / Nickel, and refunded the difference. If you would prefer a full refund we can issue one minus the cost of return shipping.


  

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
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!

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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. 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. 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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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 choosen if everyday shaving is intended for the razor. It makes for a great display / collection piece however the nature of Rose Gold is suseptible 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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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. Razor Revamp

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Aug 2016

    Excellent work! I sent in a Gillette slim adjustable that had the original nickel playing that was starting to tarnish on the handle and was looking pretty worn on the head. I opted for the rhodium finish, and can't be happier with the results. It came back at a mirror shine lookin like a brand new razor. If I had any more razors that needed work, I'd definitely be sending them in! The cost and the turn around time are definitely worth it.


  2. unbelievable service (that's a good thing)

    Posted by Unknown on 12th Aug 2016

    When I sent it in it was garbage now it's a diamond and was updated through out the entire process Will definitely send more work their way


  3. good service

    Posted by Dale Layton on 8th Aug 2016

    Thanks for good service, 10.


  4. Amazing Service and Product

    Posted by Mike S. on 8th Aug 2016

    I had learned about the Revamp Service through someone on a games forum and kept this in mind as I was wanting to get my Pops old Gillette double edge safety razor and wanted to get that fixed up to use and hand down to my nephew when he started shaving, but that razor appears to be MIA.

    One day while rummaging through an antique store, I came across a 47 Milord and picked it up. I decided to get that one fixed up and am glad I did. It appears that I get a better shave with that than I do with a newer DE safety razor and it looks great as well as just like new. I have a 49 that I now want to send it to have revamped. Great work.

    http://www.whiteknight77.net/images/47milordafter.jpg


  5. Tough to communicate with these guys

    Posted by Mike stephens on 23rd Jul 2016

    Work on razor well done - but I asked for the rings on the razor handle to be painted -- I asked when I sent it in... I responded to two separate people's email fro razor emporium... I went into the actual work ticket once the job was started and wrote my request in the notes section of the ticket... I did not receive any response to any of these attempts to communicate. Disappointing...


  6. Fantastic Gillette Senator restore

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Jul 2016

    My girlfriend found a Gillette Senator at the Delaware Flea Market for $3. It was in pretty bad shape but all the teeth were there. Soaked it in vinegar for a few hours and hit it with a toothbrush and scrubbing bubbles. The plate loss was heavy so I sent it off to Razor Emporium to get re-plated. They fixed a sticky spot in the door operation, straightened the teeth out, fixed the blade gap, and the plating looks fantastic! It took a long time to get back but the waiting was worth it.
    Fantastic! I will be sending them more razors for sure! Pictures tell all! The flash on my phone makes some spots look odd, they aren't. The new plating is flawless.
    https://goo.gl/photos/Sbt9tMzZTy5T6eAs7


  7. Very happy with finished product

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Jul 2016

    The turnaround time to have my 58 Gillette 195 revamped was long (~8 weeks), but it was worth it. The polished nickel plating looks fantastic.

    Even though it took a while, they sent numerous email updates along the way.

    I would definitely do business again in the future.


  8. 1958 Fat Boy , 1956 Red Tip

    Posted by Kurt C Holden on 5th Jul 2016

    Had Razor emporium repair and revamp both razors but will evaluate what needs to done to get the razor back to factory look but even better than factory . Its definitely worth the money and time that it takes for these vintage razors to be restored . You will see when you get it back .
    Shaving with them takes time to get use to just go slow and take your time and watch emporium you tube videos . Its all about prep and technique to each individual. These 3,4,5 blade plastic junk they sale now are not worth the dollars spent . You can buy 200 blades for the vintage razors for under 10$ . I my self started with a black handle 68 superspeed and can get a better shave then the plastic junk they sale now for 20$ on up . You will definitely save in the long run if you have to shave every day or two .


  9. It is like a new razor.

    Posted by Matthew on 13th Jun 2016

    My grandfather was my biggest influence in my life. He was a wonderful man and I loved him dearly. When my grandmother passed away I found all my grandfather's razors while cleaning their house. Among the razors was a bent and chipped Gilette Fatboy. It had clearly been dropped at some point and that was probably the end of it's use.
    I had heard of the revamp service here and decided to give it a try. It was definitely worth the wait. What I received back was a beatiful razor that appears new. I cannot express how much pride it gives me to shave with that razor knowing my biggest hero did too. I would not be a pilot if not for the many stories at my grandfather's knee. This razor connects me to those fond memories in a very personal way. I entrusted Razor Emporium with an object for which I cannot put a pricetag and they delivered. Thanks, Razor Emporium! This was no ordinary razor to me.
    I would recommend this service to anyone. I am very grateful for the superb work that was done.


  10. Disappointed

    Posted by John Alford on 1st Jun 2016

    I sent a Sheraton and Milord for revamping. The Milord was returned looking great like the razors you revamp^ almost always do. However, the Sheraton is not up to par. While the "head" (doors, mechanism and blade tray) look fine, the handle does not appear to have been replated, especially when compared to the similar handle of the Milord.


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