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    Chroming or nickle plating parts and the cost....

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    Pooch

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    Chroming or nickle plating parts and the cost....

    Post by Pooch on Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:47 pm

    On a whim I called a plating outfit in the greater Seattle area, to check their prices. What I found out was the minimum was $200 for a "batch". I don't know how big a batch is, but I'm betting it's a lot of transformer bells. Probably quite a few chassis, too. A little too pricey for a couple of amps, for my budget. Anybody have any experiences on this?
    Gord

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    Re: Chroming or nickle plating parts and the cost....

    Post by Bob Latino on Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:56 am

    Pooch wrote:On a whim I called a plating outfit in the greater Seattle area, to check their prices. What I found out was the minimum was $200 for a "batch". I don't know how big a batch is, but I'm betting it's a lot of transformer bells. Probably quite a few chassis, too. A little too pricey for a couple of amps, for my budget. Anybody have any experiences on this?
    Gord

    Hi Gord,

    In general metal shops don't want to do small jobs and have minimum numbers of pieces per order. It just isn't worth their while on the setup time needed for a few pieces. On a replated chassis you also have to consider the fact that unless you have it silk screened with the original Dynaco markings, it won't look like an original Dynaco amp after you are done.

    Bob

    PeterCapo

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    Re: Chroming or nickle plating parts and the cost....

    Post by PeterCapo on Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:12 pm

    For a chassis, try some Flitz or Brasso or some other metal polish followed by some automotive paste wax. Work around the lettering as best you can. Actually, you might try the paste wax first and see if the results are satisfactory. Save the metal polish for tough cases, because it's aggressive stuff.

    The transformer bells are a different matter. If you have the space, stripping, priming and painting could yield good results. I almost finished a set in 2008, but the learning curve and cold weather forced the project to an early close.

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    Re: Chroming or nickle plating parts and the cost....

    Post by PeterCapo on Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:14 pm

    And, I think I might have even seen different kinds of paints for the top coat on the bells. Hammermill, chrome and such, I think.

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