Polishing is a true art. It requires a skill that takes years of development before it can be applied to your parts. All of our employees in our custom area have either been hired in with years of polishing experience, or better yet, have started out in our production area learning smaller repetitive tasks that teach specific skills that will be required later on in order to handle your more intricate and delicate pieces. Sorry if we sound really serious about what we do, but you will appreciate how serious we do take it when you see the results.
We provide polishing on Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Copper and many other metals.
Decorative Plating We provide Bright Chrome, Bright Nickel, Black Chrome, Copper and Brass Plating.
Where do we begin? First, let us explain that plating is much more than hanging a part on a hook, dipping it in a tank for a few minutes and VOILA! You have a perfectly chrome plated part time after time. It would be nice if it were that easy. But then again, if it were, we wouldn’t be as well known and as sought after, as we are, for our expertise in the craft. Nope, plating, like polishing is a craft. A craft that takes years to understand and to perfect. Every part is unique. A difference in shape, size, age, condition or material may mean a completely different process is needed to achieve the desired results. Here are some things you should know about these differences and the affect they have on what we will need to do.
There are many types of aluminum. Billet aluminum is the easiest to work with primarily due to the lack of pitting. Cast aluminum on the other hand can come in a variety of compositions. Each one having tendencies for different levels of porosity (pitting). And to make matters worse, the older the part, the higher the tendency for pitting. Parts that hold oils or gas will over time, absorb these materials creating more porosity.
The Bad News - It is rare that through polishing, the porosity can be completely removed . We are good, but excessive pitting cannot always be removed from a part by polishing alone. Polishing requires stock removal even in its finest form. If a part has too much pitting, excessive polishing can distort the part.
The Good News – Through advanced expertise and plating technologies, most, if not all, of this pitting can be covered up to leave your part looking even better than new.
Like aluminum, pot metal comes with many complications when it comes to restoration. Due to the nature of this material, it is highly susceptible to corrosion and cracking. Pot metal is easily the most complex metal to restore. It takes a great deal of time to achieve satisfactory results. OK. That was the bad news. You probably guessed that we wouldn't even be talking about pot metal if we couldn’t restore it. Good guess! Although difficult and a bit more costly to bring back to life, your pot metal parts will look like new when we return them to you.
Die Cast and Steel
Although these metals are also susceptible to corrosion, they are easily less time consuming to repair than pot metal. Please note that we said “LESS Time Consuming”. Any part that needs to be restored due to deterioration will need to be “rebuilt”. Die cast and steel parts are just easier to work with.
After all of the complications listed above, if you have brass parts that need to be chrome plated, you will be happy to know that brass is much easier to work with. But again, any corrosion would need special treatment.
As you can see, the difference in material, age and condition will play an important role in determining our process. If the condition of your part prevents us from fully restoring it, we will notify you and let you make the decision on whether or not to continue. Sometimes, however, the condition of the part cannot be fully determined until after it has been stripped of existing chrome. In these cases, if you choose not to continue, we would require that you cover the costs incurred for stripping and shipping.
Shape and size are also important considerations when chrome plating. These two factors dictate how the part will need to be racked for dipping in order to make sure the parts get fully plated. Improper racking will result in areas of the part receiving little or no coverage resulting in a yellow tinting of that area.
We’ll just stop there. As you can see, plating is a bit more complicated than most people think. That’s why we are so successful. We have been doing this for so long and have gained so much knowledge allowing us to become a leader in the custom plating industry.
Although custom polishing and custom plating have become a more significant part of our business, a large portion still is and always will be production finishing.
At H&R, we can accommodate all levels of production. From single units to high volume orders. Our production personnel are trained to expedite your order, while maintaining the quality standards set forth by our customers, as well as, those of H&R Metal Finishing.
As previously stated, we provide polishing on Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Copper and many other metals.
What do you want finished? What kind of finish do you want?
It doesn’t really matter. If we don’t offer the service, we have associates who do. That’s another benefit of dealing with a respectable company who has been in the industry for so many years. We have built numerous business relations within the industry by being honest and hard working. We almost always have an associate that we can point you to if you are looking for something other than one of our finishing services. And we don’t just recommend anyone. When we refer you to one of our associates, our reputation is on the line. Would you really come to us, if we sent you to someone who provided you with poor services? We wouldn’t.