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    Further to my previous post relating to disassembly of a DE razor - I was thinking that now it has been taken apart it might be a good time to strip the nickel coating from it, finish it off, buff it and replate it !
    Does anyone know the chemicals to use for reverse electrolysis to remove the nickel. There seems to be conflicting arguments between Muriatic Acid and Sodium Hydroxide ( and the mix by volume ) !
    Can anyone who might have carried out this process give me some advice please ?

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    Have you taken college level chemistry classes or other materials safety training? If not take some time to educate yourself.

    I don't see any benefit of stripping off the nickle. Also I think that the possible methods may damage the base material. Requiring more work to get a good appearance.

    I would just buff, degrease, and re-plate.

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    Depending on how the plate was done sometimes it just peels right off. Otherwise I'd just buff it with a mild abrasive.
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    Buff it as though you had no idea what you are doing..The plating will magically dissapear pretty fast.

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    I took the plating off the head of my an old DE of mine by using wet and dry sandpaper. I can't remember the grit but it was pretty fine, maybe 1600.

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    If an older chrome or nickel plated Gillette,the base metal is most likly brass,than plated with copper,than Nickel.
    If you have no experiance with plating, have it done by a pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckypip View Post
    Further to my previous post relating to disassembly of a DE razor - I was thinking that now it has been taken apart it might be a good time to strip the nickel coating from it, finish it off, buff it and replate it !
    Does anyone know the chemicals to use for reverse electrolysis to remove the nickel. There seems to be conflicting arguments between Muriatic Acid and Sodium Hydroxide ( and the mix by volume ) !
    Can anyone who might have carried out this process give me some advice please ?
    Hi there, there's a guy here in the UK that will strip and replate razors. Some say it destroys the authenticity of the razor, but he did a Fatboy for me in Rhodium and it looks superb. I'm not to bothered about destroying the originality as this razor will stay with me until I shuffle off this mortal coil. I don't have his contact details to hand but if you're nterested PM me and I'll look them out.

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    luckypip,

    Mr Dave Glynn does this work in the UK.

    (He formerly owned safetyrazors.co.uk, but he sold that.)

    He now owns Restored Razors - Safety Razor and Straight Razor Restoraton.

    I have just had a peek at his website, and found this

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    Unfortunately due to work commitments, no further plating work will be undertaken from 22nd April 2014 until further notice. Apologies for the inconvenience, but I don’t want to let anyone down with delays etc.


    You could get in touch to see if he would recommend anybody else ?

    Best of luck

    Have fun !

    Best regards

    Russ

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    Hi All
    Thanks for all the advice, but this is something I wanted to try on this old DE; just to see if I could do it !
    If I ruined it , well at least I tried.
    This morning I put it in a solution of Muriatic acid and using a piece of nickel sheet as an anode applied a reverse current for a few minutes. Then periodically removing it and brushing the surface with an old toothbrush and replacing it in the acid until I got the desired result. It now looks like it is gold plated !
    Will in due course, buff it, electro clean it and eventually re - nickel plate it !
    A nice little project for me !
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckypip View Post
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    You COULD get it gold plated...
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