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Vacation to the plating shop

I was curious how the plating process worked and a Michigan plating shop was kind enough to invite me back to the shop to take part in the plating of my Durant parts. I decided to put a terrible video up of how the parts are done.
I was really happy with the shop and the work. It's a small shop and very personable. Highly recommended and if anyone is looking for a shop to do their plating I would highly recommend them and am happy to pass on their information.

https://vimeo.com/211044993

Where Are You From? Brighton, MI

Do You own a car built by Durant? Proudly

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

What is the name of the plating shop and where is it located?

Where Are You From? Grand Rapids, Michigan

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1923 Star, 1928 Durant

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

Hey Brian
Thanks for the great video, always interested in finding out how things are done. Glad you went with Nickel which was correct for your car, so many just do chrome. Also wished we'd known you had those "D" metal buttons on your bumper. The club has been looking for one to use as a master to make molds to copy for other members to use. I had an antique parts place in California state they had one that they were going to sell, but they were moving and did not know where it was. I think they forgot about me. You have a great looking car!

Mike

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

Bill DdVries
What is the name of the plating shop and where is it located?


Bill
Here is the information on the shop. I was not aware until I made my visit but the company was started by one of our club members many years ago who since retired and sold the business. Small world. Look forward to seeing you in Bowling Green.

ABC Chrome
3370 Warren Drive
Waterford, MI 48329
Phone: (248) 674-4333

Where Are You From? Brighton,MI

Do You own a car built by Durant? Proudly

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

Mike Linthicum
Hey Brian
Thanks for the great video, always interested in finding out how things are done. Glad you went with Nickel which was correct for your car, so many just do chrome. Also wished we'd known you had those "D" metal buttons on your bumper. The club has been looking for one to use as a master to make molds to copy for other members to use. I had an antique parts place in California state they had one that they were going to sell, but they were moving and did not know where it was. I think they forgot about me. You have a great looking car!

Mike


Mike
You know I am happy to support the club any way I can so those "D"bumper buttons are available for use when needed.

See you soon at the gathering.

Where Are You From? Brighton,MI

Do You own a car built by Durant? Proudly

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

Hi Brian,
Thanks for posting the video. Brings back memories of when I owned a plating shop in Morristown, TN. named Universal Plating Co. in the 1970's. Back then I was charging $125.00 for bumper bars/pair, such as you had done on your Durant. Most everyone preferred chrome which was the next step after nickel.

Hot, dirty and unhealthy process, but was happy to have had the experience.

Yates

Where Are You From? Newport , NC

Do You own a car built by Durant? 24 Flint

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

Oh this is great... I was just at ABC custom chrome yesterday to drop off 1953 Mercedes bumpers and Mike told me he had durant bumpers in the back right now. This place does the old school hands on detailing to get the best finish possible.

Probably the only place left to get a tour and explain the process. Lots of hours of labor for the quality and price

Where Are You From? Willis Michigan

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1923 Star sedan

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

I dropped off a set(4) of the rear bumperettes for a rear mounted spare Durant 6-14 just last week at a local(Oregon) plater. He charges $75.00 each so $300.00 for the set. Time will be about a month, as they looked busy. I've heard that it was okay in some judging classes to go to chrome plating on exterior parts, instead of stopping at nickel. The reason I'd heard is that with today's harsher atmosphere the nickel would tarnish so fast. Might be an urban legend. Ross

Where Are You From? Orygun

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1930 6-14

Re: Vacation to the plating shop

Hey Ross;
Not with any car being entered for judging in any AACA event. Nickel on cars prior to 1925 for Oldsmobile's, 1928 for other makes, unless literature documents it, after that chrome OK. I always vote for whatever is the way it came from the factory.

Mike

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

 

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