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  • Joseph L Pontek
    Chrome requires two steps, Milt. Typically copper, then the chromium. Nickel can be done in one step, but copper first gives polished nickel a deeper shine,
    Message 1 of 13 , Oct 31, 2011
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      Chrome requires two steps, Milt.
      Typically copper, then the chromium.
      Nickel can be done in one step, but copper first gives
      polished nickel a deeper shine, supposedly.

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      On 10/31/2011 6:14 AM, k4oso wrote:
      > By the way Bill,
      > I had mine chromed which, I understand, is one less plating step.
      > Milt
      >
      > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "William"<fretjock@...> wrote:
      >> Recently I picked up an old (1919) blue racer in serious need of some TLC. It was so rusty that I needed to lift up the name plate to discover that the base used to be nickel plated.
      >> With everything dismantled I was able to remove the rust from the base and now it is down to the base iron.
      >> I would like to replate the base but I'm not sure how to proceed. Has anyone every used a home DIY plating kit? Do professional platers do small pieces?
      >> Or should I just repaint it black or cobalt blue?
      >> Any thoughts or suggestions?
      >>
      >> Bill wv1n
      >>
      >> PS: I'll also need to replate the damper and front support.
      >>
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    • k4oso@aol.com
      I ll let you be the expert on the process, Joe. My Racer is all done and looking good. ha ha. It was not expensive and did not expose me to hazardous
      Message 2 of 13 , Oct 31, 2011
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        I'll let you be the expert on the process, Joe.  My Racer is all done and looking good. ha ha.  It was not expensive and did not expose me to hazardous chemicals.  Thats what I call a cool process.
        161, Milt
        In a message dated 10/31/2011 10:37:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time, k8jp@... writes:
        Chrome requires two steps, Milt.
        Typically copper, then the chromium.
        Nickel can be done in one step, but copper first gives
        polished nickel a deeper shine, supposedly.
         
      • Joseph L Pontek
        When I bought my 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe, it was commented that there is minor pitting on the base, so I may have my base done. In 55 they did chrome, but not
        Message 3 of 13 , Oct 31, 2011
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          When I bought my 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe, it was commented that there is
          minor pitting on the base, so I may have my base done.  In '55 they did chrome,
          but not as good as today. For chrome, I recommend going to the shop for that.
          I only do the nickel at home as it is not hazardous.  Also, my 1912 upper parts
          were originally done in nickel and I am doing a restoration, hence the nickel
          plating and the base will be done in the old Japanning way with asphaltum,
          a lengthy, but well worth it process, I believe.

          I will see my 'new' keys tomorrow night when I get to my home in Texas.
          I am excited about that.  I will be getting my watchmakers lath as well.
          If the Blue Racer base needs to be re-chromed, I may try to have it done
          before I return home to Belize in three weeks.
          161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
          P.O. Box 280, Dangriga, Stann Creek District
          (Hopkins Village) Belize
          011-501-503-7346 Belize
          011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
          903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
          V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
          FOC 1743 CWops 876, A1OP, SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
          LotW
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          On 10/31/2011 8:47 AM, k4oso@... wrote:
          I'll let you be the expert on the process, Joe.  My Racer is all done and looking good. ha ha.  It was not expensive and did not expose me to hazardous chemicals.  Thats what I call a cool process.
          161, Milt
          In a message dated 10/31/2011 10:37:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time, k8jp@... writes:
          Chrome requires two steps, Milt.
          Typically copper, then the chromium.
          Nickel can be done in one step, but copper first gives
          polished nickel a deeper shine, supposedly.
           


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        • William Schmidt
          Joe, Where do you get asphaltum? Does the final result look different Than powder coat or enamel? Bill / wv1n Velo, ergo sum.
          Message 4 of 13 , Oct 31, 2011
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            Joe,
            Where do you get asphaltum?  Does the final result look different
            Than powder coat or enamel?
            Bill / wv1n

            Velo, ergo sum.

            On Oct 31, 2011, at 11:13 AM, Joseph L Pontek <k8jp@...> wrote:

             

            When I bought my 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe, it was commented that there is
            minor pitting on the base, so I may have my base done.  In '55 they did chrome,
            but not as good as today. For chrome, I recommend going to the shop for that.
            I only do the nickel at home as it is not hazardous.  Also, my 1912 upper parts
            were originally done in nickel and I am doing a restoration, hence the nickel
            plating and the base will be done in the old Japanning way with asphaltum,
            a lengthy, but well worth it process, I believe.

            I will see my 'new' keys tomorrow night when I get to my home in Texas.
            I am excited about that.  I will be getting my watchmakers lath as well.
            If the Blue Racer base needs to be re-chromed, I may try to have it done
            before I return home to Belize in three weeks.

            161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
            P.O. Box 280, Dangriga, Stann Creek District
            (Hopkins Village) Belize
            011-501-503-7346 Belize
            011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
            903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
            V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
            FOC 1743 CWops 876, A1OP, SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
            LotW
            Skype: v31joepalooka
            http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair 

            On 10/31/2011 8:47 AM, k4oso@... wrote:
            I'll let you be the expert on the process, Joe.  My Racer is all done and looking good. ha ha.  It was not expensive and did not expose me to hazardous chemicals.  Thats what I call a cool process.
            161, Milt
            In a message dated 10/31/2011 10:37:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time, k8jp@... writes:
            Chrome requires two steps, Milt.
            Typically copper, then the chromium.
            Nickel can be done in one step, but copper first gives
            polished nickel a deeper shine, supposedly.
             


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          • Joseph L Pontek
            Hi, Bill. Sorry to take so long to reply. I had to finish the November News Sheet for the FOC and now I am packing for the trip to Texas tomorrow. I found
            Message 5 of 13 , Oct 31, 2011
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              Hi, Bill.

              Sorry to take so long to reply.  I had to finish the November News Sheet for the FOC
              and now I am packing for the trip to Texas tomorrow.

              I found asphaltum on E-Bay and just bid on it.  You can find it liquid form as varnish.
              I am going to try and do it the traditional way.  I have had some guys tell me the
              powder coating are good, but I cannot say myself.  The enamels can be good if
              the surface is properly prepared and it is baked as well.  I used to go body work
              back in the 50s and 60s, so I remember the hard work involved in surface preparation
              before painting.  Asphaltum is, basically, a black varnish. Proper formulas abound,
              but Bill, W4PAL, recommends 2 parts boiled linseed oil, 5 parts turpentine, 3 parts
              asphaltum powder and optional 3 parts rosin.  The rosin appears to sometimes
              gives a less smoother finish then without it.  I will go without it myself this time.
              Bill says it takes a minimum of 5 coats for a good finish.  After these, you will have
              hard plastic like coating.  Do a Google search for it.  Bill's book lists a source,
              but they are out of business.  It is used for art work and printing as well.  I think
              Model-T Fords were painted with it.  It rarely wears off, but is chipped away.

              If you want what I call the bible of key restoration, get the "HOW TO RESTORE
              TELEGRAPH KEYS" by W. R. Smith.  I just got mine out of my suit case as it
              is book I constantly read and reread.

              http://www.wrsmithtelegraphkeys.com
              or
              http://w1tp.com/mwr.htm








              161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
              P.O. Box 280, Dangriga, Stann Creek District
              (Hopkins Village) Belize
              011-501-503-7346 Belize
              011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
              903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
              V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
              FOC 1743 CWops 876, A1OP, SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
              LotW
              Skype: v31joepalooka
              http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair 

              On 10/31/2011 4:22 PM, William Schmidt wrote:
              Joe,
              Where do you get asphaltum?  Does the final result look different
              Than powder coat or enamel?
              Bill / wv1n

              Velo, ergo sum.

              On Oct 31, 2011, at 11:13 AM, Joseph L Pontek <k8jp@...> wrote:

               

              When I bought my 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe, it was commented that there is
              minor pitting on the base, so I may have my base done.  In '55 they did chrome,
              but not as good as today. For chrome, I recommend going to the shop for that.
              I only do the nickel at home as it is not hazardous.  Also, my 1912 upper parts
              were originally done in nickel and I am doing a restoration, hence the nickel
              plating and the base will be done in the old Japanning way with asphaltum,
              a lengthy, but well worth it process, I believe.

              I will see my 'new' keys tomorrow night when I get to my home in Texas.
              I am excited about that.  I will be getting my watchmakers lath as well.
              If the Blue Racer base needs to be re-chromed, I may try to have it done
              before I return home to Belize in three weeks.

              161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
              P.O. Box 280, Dangriga, Stann Creek District
              (Hopkins Village) Belize
              011-501-503-7346 Belize
              011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
              903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
              V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
              FOC 1743 CWops 876, A1OP, SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
              LotW
              Skype: v31joepalooka
              http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair 

              On 10/31/2011 8:47 AM, k4oso@... wrote:
              I'll let you be the expert on the process, Joe.  My Racer is all done and looking good. ha ha.  It was not expensive and did not expose me to hazardous chemicals.  Thats what I call a cool process.
              161, Milt
              In a message dated 10/31/2011 10:37:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time, k8jp@... writes:
              Chrome requires two steps, Milt.
              Typically copper, then the chromium.
              Nickel can be done in one step, but copper first gives
              polished nickel a deeper shine, supposedly.
               


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