Every object is different, and at Florida Metal Refinishing each object will get the special treatment it needs for a beautiful and lasting finish.
- The first step in refinishing many objects is disassembly. Moveable or detachable metal parts should be separated, so that even the deepest seams and crevices are properly finished. Parts made of other materials, such as wood, bakelite, or glass, have to be carefully removed to avoid damage.
- The next step is stripping. Again, each object has to be treated differently. Some objects require sandblasting. This requires extreme care, but we have years of experience in handling delicate objects. We are careful to use the least abrasive pellets possible, to remove only the paint or corrosion and not the original metal. Some objects may also be chemically treated.
- Once all the impurities have been stripped away, the object is polished to remove surface irregularities, bumps and scars. Polishing can be done to a satin finish or a brilliant shine. Plating will not conceal scratches or bumps, so the surface should be perfectly smooth.
- The object must be cleaned of any grease.
- If an object will receive a new plate, it is treated in a chemical bath through which an electrical current is run. This causes metal ions in the solution to bond to the surface. This step may be repeated until the desired thickness is achieved.
- Once the plate is hard and dry, the object will be polished again to the desired finish.
- The final step is to coat the object with a protective lacquer, and to reassemble any disassembled parts.