One of the projects on my agenda is putting together a proper 1915 steering column. I do not love the idea of shipping spark and throttle rods across the country, so I wonder if anybody in the Wichita or Tulsa areas has had experience with a local plating shop. Have you had good results from one you can recommend? Have you had bad results from one I should avoid?
United Plating Works in Tulsa has done a lot of cad plating for me. Always been happy with them. I couldn't tell from their web site what other coatings they do.
This page has a list of their processes:
Steve will need brass plating on his steering column rods. Brass isn't listed in their "processes."
Brass isn't listed, but there's a note saying ask if you don't see your "process", so I sent an email asking. We shall see.
About the only place I know of in Wichita is Metal Finishing, 1423 S. McLean Blvd. I've had them do a radiator neck in nickel but that's it. They had a building for custom work like this. I think it was called Robbie's Hobbies. I took it in all polished and it was brass (rather easy for them to do). I don't know if they are still in business or not.
As I understand it nickel plating is done over brass so if a plater does nickel they should be able to do brass as it is a prior step in the nickel plating process.
IIRC the brass plating under nickel is not the bright brass plating we are looking for.
I thought that the plating layers are:
Robbies Hobbies was still open last I knew:
Here is another shop that is good to work with,
but I don't know if they offer the finish you want:
Bill, copper, nickel, chrome is the plating order for a good job on steel. Brass parts I have stripped for re-plating do not appear to be copper plated first, so perhaps nickel is applied directly to polished brass.
Allan from down under.
All the local places I checked said no brass plating. If I don't find a place to do it in Tulsa I may have to go to OKC or KC.
Have you investigated the Caswell plating kits?
Not yet, but it may come to that. Wichita or Tulsa would be OK because I'd be going there for other things. But if there's no place any closer than OKC or KC, doing the job myself might be less expensive than taking it somewhere else.