I am ready to send my 1926 Fordor parts off to be bright nickel plated. In this day in age, with e-mails and ease of sending off pictures for estimates, it is no longer necessary to use local platers anymore, so I can basically send my parts anywhere in the country.
Any help any of you can provide in recommending good platers who do quality work at a reasonable prices, that you were very satisfied with, would be much appreciated. If you can provide their phone numbers and e-mail addresses and name of a contact, that would be a great help as well.
If we get a lot of responses on this thread, this could be a good resource for others to refer to in the future when in need of plating.
Thank you in advance for your help.
I used Custom Metal Finishing in Hagerstown,In.765-489-4089 I would recommend them to anyone to get nickel plating done. They did my 26 radiator shell for $250. The job was excellent.
I was getting prices from $500-$750. If you send your parts out UPS and tell them it's a commercial address you can get a cheaper shipping rate. I built a wood box for my shell and the cost was $25. I will post a picture of the shell later today about them.
Make sure who ever you send it to does old fashioned nickel plating. The nickel a regular chrome shop puts on gets dull real fast, and doesn't hold up well.
Thanks Larry. You are right. You should always specify "Bright Nickel". Thanks again. Jim
Jim, I don not know where you are but I have had great luck with D&S Metal Restoration, 102 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA 01040-6074. 413-533-7770.Guy's name is Mickey DuPuis.
I'll give D&S a call tomorrow. I'm in Bartow, Florida, which is between Orlando and Tampa, but I will send my parts anywhere in the U.S. to get a good job, at a reasonable price, so, if anyone has a good plater to recommend, no matter where you are, please post it.
Jim I gave you one. They were at the Centennial.I will use them for all my plating work.
Good morning Leon. Yes, I called them yesterday and got an e-mail and sent them pictures of my parts and am now awaiting a reply and an estimate. Thanks much. Jim
I just had 23 lug nuts and 5 hub caps chrome plated (lasts longer) for $166. I thought that was a little pricey.
Christensen Plating, in Huntington Park California is where I had mine done. Been done now for 5 years now. I only need to wipe it off with a soft cotton rag once in a while. It may be in Vernon, California.
Thank you for the three recommendations I have gotten so far, but it seems like, out of all our members, nationwide, who, at some point have had dealings with platers, we could get more than three recommendations. Does anyone else have any platers they can recommend? The more we can get, the more we can all benefit because most all of us, at some point, need to find good platers for our parts. Jim
Pictures of the 26 radiator shell done by,
Custom Metal Finishing
9705 State Rd. 38
Hagerstown, In 47346
I highly recommend them for bright nickel work. I will be using them for all my plating work.
Thanks Leon. That is fantastic!!!
I used Atlas Plating (ask for Alex)three years ago for a '26 shroud and got a great job done for $220.00 which included shipping. Looks as good today as it did when I first got it back. I just had another done two months ago and the price was the same as was the quality.
Thanks Jerry. Can you give me Atlas Plating's address and phone number? That is a great price for a radiator shell. Paul's Plating quoted me $1,700.00 to nickel plate a Model T radiator shell! Ha! I'm sure Paul's does a great job and all, but COME ON! That is why this thread could be a useful future reference to us guys that don't have bottomless pockets, so everyone, please send more recommendations. Jim
Rather than communicating off forum, I and I am guessing others would appreciate it if you could put the contact information including the city and state of these places on the forum. For instance, I got many hits when I Googled Atlas Plating and they are in many different states.
While I am fortunate to know a great powder coater, I am no longer aware of the good platers in my area of Michigan.
Yes, Tom. Atlas, Acme, A-1, AA and AAA are very popular names because those names put the companies in easy to find locations at the front of the phone book or at the beginning of long on-line lists, so there are thousands of businesses with these names. Thanks. Jim
Sorry to all about posting off line, my mistake.
8303 Bauman Rd
Houston, Tx 77022
I have had great luck with these guys for a few years now. A "T" shroud was (maybe still is) running around $220.00 including shipping to the Chicago area.
Thanks Jerry. I am e-mailing them pictures today of my parts for a ballpark estimate. Jim