Razor Revamp Service

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Have a razor that needs to be fixed, polished and plated in a new metal? Revamp it! 

 

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. On all color features (numbers on adjusters, tips on super speeds, black handles, black lines on fatboys, etc.) we use color-matched Powder Coating that exactly replicates the original factory colors and process and is more durable than paint.
  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 and many other vintage brands. We prefer not to work on zinc alloy razors on a case by case basis. The following razors we can work on, will powdercoat handle, can plate doors, center rod / T-Bar, knob etc but not guard:

  • 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 7-10 days on average 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 Premium 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.

Razor Emporium Revamp: Fatboy Razor Emporium Revamp: Fatboy

 

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
Silver Double, Single and Ball End Old Types, New Improved Razors
Chrome* 1930's NEW De Luxe Models

 

* 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. 

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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!

 

A few quick answers to recent common questions updated last: 2/28/18 

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 login to our repair shop customer portal here

4) Toggles, Stahly Live Blades, British 1 piece TTO's, Red Dot and Bottom Dial Fatboys are considered Specialty Razors from the drop down.

335 Reviews

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  • 5
    Great

    Posted by Ryan Maitland on 8th Mar 2020

    Amazing job, was returned in amazing shape and I’m beyond happy! My gold new improved looks amazing in the set!

  • 5
    ‘59 Gillette Fatboy revamp

    Posted by Gioz on 1st Mar 2020

    Razor Emporium’s revamp service brought performance ‘life’ back to my ‘59 Fatboy. Rhodium finish simply looks magnificent! Superb service, regular status communication & item returned within timeline given. Now have daily use of a truly iconic & classic American made product design that gives a flawless BBS...thanks kindly to the RE team!

  • 1
    Razor Revamp

    Posted by Jeff on 20th Feb 2020

    Sent in razor for revamp. Came back unuseable.
    No attempt to remedy.

  • 5
    Blue Tip Superspeed Revamp

    Posted by Marc on 9th Feb 2020

    Excellent job guys! This razor shaves better than it ever has! It looks great and I appreciate all of the hard work you put into it. Next up will be my Slim! Thanks Again

  • 2
    fatboy revamp

    Posted by Tom Morris on 14th Jan 2020

    after shaving for 2 days with razor I no longer get 1/4 turn to lock blade. after not using it for a week it closes for a couple shaves and then no 1/4 turn lock. I called and left a message. never got a call back.

  • 5
    1966 Gillette slim adjustable

    Posted by Bryan Read on 10th Dec 2019

    Fantastic service great business to deal with I highly recommend this business

  • 5
    1950's Aristocrate

    Posted by Sam Duckworth on 9th Dec 2019

    This razor came back home looking fantastic with its new 24ct gold covering. I don't believe it ever looked so good, even new but it is about 70 years old!

  • 5
    1920’s Wilkinson Sword “Pall Mall” 7 day set.

    Posted by Ed Black on 6th Dec 2019

    Here: (http://www.safetyrazors.net/wilkinson/wilkinson1.htm)

    A Custom Order. Services: Tune Up (razor), Revamp (Stropping Machine), Honing (7 blades), Strop Restore, Box restore.

    Couldn’t be more pleased. It came back Shave Ready and it does just that - no nicks, cuts or blood loss. Heh!

    Thanks Matt and Team, you’ve done it again!

    (Posted to multiple services because I used them all with this one.)

  • 5
    Razor Revamp

    Posted by Kevin Sulley on 23rd Nov 2019

    My razor is a Gillette Fatboy with a date code of G2. I thought it shaved pretty well before the revamp but shave great, now. It was replated in Rhodium and now it’s like shaving with piece of jewelry. Simply put, it’s beautiful. I believe it’s better than new but, as I was only nine years old back then, I can’t be sure. I know it wasn’t plated in Rhodium, though. All credit to Razor Emporium. They were fantastic every step of the way and they do beautiful work. Thanks!

Why Choose Razor Emporium?

Browse our large selection of high-quality new & vintage razors, shaving products, and accessories that we have hand-selected for their quality to insure that you have the best shaving experience from the start. Specializing in vintage shaving gear, you can shop with ease for professionally restored and sanitized razors that have been adjusted, photographed in high-resolution and arrive Shave-Ready. Buy with confidence knowing that we stand behind everything we sell and service. What you see online is exactly what you will get. We guarantee it!