The first step in plating is to determine what a customer wants to have done, and whether or not it is possible to do it at a reasonable price. The most important thing to understand, is that metal can deteriorate and corrode to a point that restoration may be cost prohibitive.
Step 2: STRIPPING
Parts must be stripped and or sandblasted down to the bare metal. All paint, dirt, oil, grease, rust, old plating, and other materials are removed.
Step 3: REPAIR & RESTORATION
Lead & brass may be used to fill holes & cracks while damaged parts may be straightened or have dents removed.
Step 4: POLISHING
Polishing is the abrasive removal of surface metal, using a series of abrasive belts or wheels. The first step that of coarse cutting and/or grinding, working the metal progressively smoother with finer grits. The end result is highly polished metal with most pitting, scratches, and other impurities removed.
Step 5: WIRING & RACKING
Hooks, racks, and other methods are used to hold the part, as well as providing electrical contact.
Step 6: CLEANING & PLATING PREP
Parts must be flawlessly cleaned before plating. The slightest speck of dirt or grease will cause a reject. A series of soap, acid, and water solutions are used to guarantee a spotless surface.
Step 7: COPPER PLATING & BUFFING
Parts are copper plated and buffed to a brilliant shine. This provides added protection while helping to fill lines and pits, also providing an excellent base for nickel plating.
Step 8: WIRING, RACKING & RECLEANING
All processes of steps 5 and 6 are now repeated.
Step 9: NICKEL PLATING
Nickel provides the deep luster and protection needed for long lasting chrome. Parts are submerged in the nickel-plating solution for about 45 minutes.
Step 10: CHROME PLATING
Chrome is a protective coating over the nickel, which prevents the nickel from tarnishing.
Step 11: FINAL INSPECTION
Parts are cleaned and inspected before final delivery.