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Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 4:33 pm
by widget2k4
Same as I was told off him about jigs to throw chrome into the hard to chrome parts

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:15 am
by bugdust
I've used Doug Taylor Metal Finishing Co in Weston Super Mare for chroming on several occasions including a full strip and re-chrome on a Jennings Governor. I've always been very pleased with the results. In fairness, they pointed out from the start that they could give no guarantees of either the quality or the longevity of chroming over Mazak alloy used on the Jennings, and indeed, stripped and re-chromed the panels three times (at no extra cost!) before they felt they'd got the best finish they could get! Like any UK chrome plating it wasn't cheap at around £550 but I'm very pleased with the results which show no signs of deterioration two years on.

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 11:33 am
by badpenny
Certainly looks good.
Lot of handbag though, shows pure dedication on your part.

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 11:51 am
by pennymachines
Good to know someone can still do it properly. I've added them to Archive/Services. I've also appended comments from you and Widget re your experience of the two companies, to help others seeking this kind of work.

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:13 pm
by treefrog
Well after 10 years collecting, finally got around to trying chroming and mixed experience really. The parts were for a Bolands Brooklands machine, so bundled was handle, hub, front window, Brooklands emblem, coin entry, bolts and bits etc. All for £160 shipped from Ashford Chroming......

I have attached picture before and after.....one thing I realised you cannot do is bring back dead metal or badly corroded metal to a good standard and the handle was badly corroded, as such came back potted, although chrome worked well. The hub must have been alloy as it did not chrome at all well with flaking and burn marks.

Fortunately the Brooklands emblem and screen surround came out well, as did the coin entry, with small defects, that were acceptable.

Only other comments were they mislaid the bolt for the handle and still awaiting a response, as well as a few small screws, less of an issue.

In the end I used a genuine Mills 30’s dagger handle, as the Bolands one did not fit past the casting properly anyway, not sure who it was made by, but the Mills was better...

Putting pictures of restored machine on another thread.....

So reasonable price, ok communications, hopefully will get a response. They do have a Platinum service where they will discuss your restoration with you and redo any failed attempts, but costs a lot more...

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:36 pm
by widget2k4
Isn't Ashford chroming just a middle man? They put in what you need and chromers put in their prices, heard loads of bad things about them destroying bits and losing bits all the time and never have any remorse for doing so, I may be thinking of the wrong ones but I'm sure it's them

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:49 pm
by treefrog
I did actually go to their premises to drop off and wanted to see the place. Seemed friendly enough, but it would have been nice to have had feedback on issues or quality of certain parts and once stripped and polishing the handle, they would have seen there was no point in doing the chrome. It would be good you had feedback before committing to price, eg send your parts, evaluate what is possible then quote. I did read lots of mixed feedback on them 50% good experience, 50% bad......I guess all of them have issues.....

I think you are in the hands of the gods with all of them as they all have small print about no guarantees or responsibility for damaging things.

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:51 pm
by coppinpr
Worst thing about Ashford is if you ask for a quote and don't act on it they keep contacting you for weeks (and I do mean weeks) wanting to know why.

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:07 pm
by bugdust
Paul is right, made the mistake of asking Ashford for a price to chrome a lever once. It was three times the cost of a brand new one so I left it. The emails went on for weeks as to why I hadn't decided to go ahead with the order!
Unsurprisingly, I found that many places really didn't want anything to do with Mazac due to the grief associated with trying to re-chrome it and simply wouldn't bother replying to a quotation request. Others set the price so high that you would inevitably go elsewhere. Douglas Metal Finishing in SE14, for example, quoted me a whopping £1200 to do the same Jennings panels. In fairness, though, they didn't pester me for weeks when I didn't follow up with an order!

Re: Jennings Governor plating

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:20 pm
by badpenny
There's no plate like chrome.