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Zinc plating - DIY or Outsource?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Vankaye, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Vankaye

    Vankaye n00b on the move

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    I am building two bikes at once. I am interested in zinc plating nuts, bolts, and brackets to restore the pieces to look new.

    I have seen the small kits and watched some youtube stuff on plating at home.
    I think it would be somewhat cool to do... but I am only mildly interested. I am concerned about getting a good product and specifically about getting enough plating on the pieces to make them last.

    I am leaning toward simply boxing up the pieces and sending them out to get done, but I have no idea where to start. The sources I have found online are mostly bulk operations and I have no idea what the costs or turnaround time would be.

    Anybody done this before? Either outsourced or DIY??

    Anybody know where I could have this done if I decide not to take on this portion of the project?
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  2. TeneRay

    TeneRay Bitch, I'm fabulous

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    When I was still in CO, I had a place in Denver do my CB750. Whole bikes worth of zinc for $125.

    I believe the place was called Specialty Plating. You can mail the parts to them and they'll mail it back.

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  3. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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  4. Vankaye

    Vankaye n00b on the move

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    Thats what I'm talking about! Bag'em and Tag'em. I have enough work to do on these bikes to play around with chemicals and acids and stuff. I will be contacting Specialty Plating. Already checked out their website.
    Thanks! Just what I was looking for!
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  5. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    If you send stuff out don't stop at tagging and bagging. Make a detailed list, and take pictures for ID purposes. It's possible that some parts will go missing, or get mixed in with other plating orders by mistake.
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  6. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    I have batches of parts zinc plated monthly for restorations I do. My local shop is 25 dollar minimum charge for up to 25 pounds. Above that, its a dollar a pound. I've never exceeded the 25 dollar minimum on a batch. Never had a single part come up missing either.

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    It really makes things pop with the perfect detail against fresh powdercoat or paint.

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    Last week I was doing a rear brake job on my one ton dually truck so I had them plate all the hardware. For 25 bucks its a bargain and keep things from corroding. The lugnuts and stuff are so nice to screw together when they're all fresh.

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    The point of all this is to inspire you to do a search and find a good shop. Its one of the tools you can use to separate your work from people who aren't as detail oriented. In my case, I just googled "zinc plating Fort Worth Texas". I'm sure you have similar local shops.
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  7. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Name & address,etc., of TX shop? Do they take mail orders? thanks!
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