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 Post subject: Part Re-plating
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 9:57 pm 
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I'm getting senile and can't find my original thread on this, but I wanted to follow up. I had picked up a Neutrowound radio a while back and was looking for a place to have the corner pieces re-plated. I found one (Refinishing & Plating Company in Milwaukee) and sent the parts to them right after Christmas. They were returned to me yesterday and I have to say they did an outstanding job. Here's some photos.....

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With one of the tube caps for comparison....

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The parts actually look better than in the photos due to poor photography on my part . :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Part Re-plating
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 10:17 pm 
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They look great! If you don't mind, how much did they end up charging you?

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 Post subject: Re: Part Re-plating
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 10:32 pm 
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Nickle plate from the 20's is a "yellowy" color... Modern nickle plate is a "bluish" color.

What did the plating company provide?

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 Post subject: Re: Part Re-plating
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 10:33 pm 
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1988bluebird wrote:
They look great! If you don't mind, how much did they end up charging you?

I was curious as well.
I've got a nice Crosley dashboard which could stand a re-chroming on the knobs, dial, pointer.
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 Post subject: Re: Part Re-plating
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Cost was $90.00 total. I thought they overcharged on shipping and handling ($18.00), my fault for no asking about that.

Chas - They only have one type of nickel plating, no "colors" were mentioned. I told them the plating should match the tube covers and they did that. I must be missing something, I don't detect any kind of shading or coloring. What is the difference in the process between the two?

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 Post subject: Re: Part Re-plating
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 4:04 pm 
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I know that in the auto industry Chrome plating did not become common until somewhere around 1930. A good example is the Ford model A cars and trucks. Model A's were made from 1928-1930. All plating thru to 1929, including all Model T's, Nickle. All 1929 on, Chrome. I think it was an economics thing. In those days you had to plate steel first with a wash of copper, then nickle to make the Chrome stick to the Steel.A Neutrowound would fit into the Nickle time frame but I don't think there is any definitive answers here.
I had a Neutrowound back in the 1970s that someone had won along with the horn speaker at a movie theater drawing and took it home and put it in the attic. It was absolutly NEW! The crackled blue with orange paint showing thru model. It was never used. The plating looked like nickle to me. I ended up trading it for a 1919 Ford. Who knew the radio would end up more valuable than the car!!


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 Post subject: Re: Part Re-plating
PostPosted: Jan Sat 25, 2020 12:54 am 
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they always do a good job, glad you liked them.

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