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Jennings Governor plating

Postby geordy55 » Mon May 07, 2018 10:07 pm

Having trouble finding someone to plate or polish my Jennings Governor. One guy has had it for 4 months and now given up on polishing it after not being able to remove the old plating. One plating shop is about to look at it but say that previously they have always had difficulty in getting the plating to run into the grooved front panels. Anyone else heard of this? Indeed anyone got any recommendations for a good chrome plater?

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby aristomatic » Tue May 08, 2018 7:36 am

Lots of similar threads on these if you use search facility

Just search with, replating, rechroming, jennings governor

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby coppinpr » Tue May 08, 2018 7:53 am

Jennings well known for not re plating well due to poor base metal, the general feel seems to be polish rather than plate. I use a company that ,for me at least, has always done a good job both plating and polishing,take a look at their add at our www.penny-arcade.info site under "market place" there are some before and after photos !THUMBS!

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby badpenny » Tue May 08, 2018 10:15 am

I've never had a successful re-chrome done on a Jennings, some have I hear.

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby treefrog » Tue May 08, 2018 10:24 am

You could buy those Jennings plastics on eBay, cut out the groves panels on the front , rechrome the parts left which would be easier and add £500 to the value of your machine, that’s the theory anyway.....

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby coppinpr » Tue May 08, 2018 11:06 am

Those plastics are tempting... do you think there will be two boxes full of NOS ones at the up coming spares fest? !!RAYOF!!

I have a Hi-top casting with cut outs for light up plastics... I guess the Jennings ones wouldn't be the same size... would they? :!?!:

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby pennymachines » Tue May 08, 2018 12:17 pm

There are five electroplaters listed in Archive/Services. Might be worth talking to some of them. Forum member Polaris had excellent results from Easy Electroplating of Hull in 2016: Chrome plating on aluminium
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Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:19 pm
If anyone's looking to have any plating done, I just used a company called Easy Electroplating (based in Hull) for the second time. I can't recommend them highly enough - has on both occasions plated Jennings front bonnet to fantastic standard. Priced £160 which included return postage which I think is very reasonable.

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby widget2k4 » Tue May 08, 2018 1:14 pm

I ended up with that machine polaris had done and the chrome started peeling off, it was done from the same company coppin has advertised on his website, they use replica chrome plating brushed on, it's terrible and not worth the money in my experience, they have 2 different names also and prices are different from both names lol and they are sent from same email address,
Cost me over £1000 to get my jennings chromed and its amazing quality, there is a special process to do it and its a dying trade, only one guy I know that could do them and now he's refusing to do any more because of the work involved, even at his prices he says it's not worth the hassle

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby geordy55 » Tue May 08, 2018 1:45 pm

It’ll soon be cheaper to send them to the US to be chromed as it’s a diminishing industry over here. I’d heard some stories about the guys in Hull so didn’t want to risk it. Got one company who are going to look at it. Probably strip and polish as they don’t think they can get the chrome into the grooves. I did wonder about plastic inserts ! Someone even said that there’s grooves on the front plate have been painted in the past, anyone heard of this ?

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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Postby pennymachines » Tue May 08, 2018 4:03 pm

widget2k4 wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 1:14 pm
only one guy I know that could do them and now he's refusing to do any more because of the work involved, even at his prices he says it's not worth the hassle
Similar to my experience. A chap in Stafford did several Jennings front and back bonnets for me over the years - good quality and the plating has lasted, but he said he'd point me somewhere else next time because it wasn't cost effective for him. Originally special jigs were made to throw the chrome into the recessed areas - again cost-prohibitive.


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