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...old, worn HO Shay drivers in need of a quality replating by 'The Nickel Plater'...

What do you do at 'The Nickel Plater'?

Why?

How do you do it?

Can I send you painted drivers?Same drivers after replating by 'The Nickel Plater'...

What about unpainted wheels?

Are there any pitfalls to this process?

So I will get wheels back from you that look like new?After plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...durable, long lasting, 'like new' plating adds value to your model...

MOST IMPORTANT...

What do you charge?

 

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How about satisfied customers? Here is a sampling...

 

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Bob from Texas,

"Phil, I got the re-plated wheels and I am really impressed. They look better than new!"

 

After plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...Bob was impressed... 

 

Before and After...

 

Before...K-36 drivers with original plating virtually nonexistant...After plating by 'The Nickel Plater'... K-36 drivers ready to get back to work providing enhanced electrical and sound pick-up...

 

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Pete from Redlands, California...

"Great job plating my wheels, Phil. My old PFM Climax now runs far better than it ever did with the factory brass wheels  -wheels that needed to be cleaned every fifteen minutes or so if you wanted good consistent continuity. Looks a lot better, too! (Real locomotives seldom had brass wheels as I understand it.)"

Before...PFM/United Climax original brass drivers...no plating ever here...After plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...Climax drivers are ready to be installed and get back to work providing enhanced electrical and sound pick-up...

 

Here is Pete's PFM/United Climax with original brass wheels which were Nickel plated by...'The Nickel Plater'...Sweet!!!

 

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Before...C-17 drivers with original plating virtually nonexistant...After plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...C-17 drivers ready to get back to work providing enhanced electrical and sound pick-up...

 

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Before...PFM/United 3 truck Shay drivers with original plating virtually nonexistant...After being plated by 'The Nickel Plater'...PFM/United 3 truck Shay drivers looking better than new and ready to be back in service...

 

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Mark from Durango, Colorado... 

"Yes you did a darned good job there, very pleased. It hasn’t reached a stage further as yet but if I can endorse your work and your care as you work with your customer I surely will be glad to."

"My HOn3 Westside SPNG 9 came to me as a non runner, not quite a basket case, but in need of work. It had obviously had a working life rather than one in a display cabinet as the wheels were badly worn, right down to the brass. In fact initially, I had thought about re-plating them myself, but in the end, common sense prevailed and I approached Phil to do the work for me. I’d seen him at a couple of National Narrow Gauge Conventions and had heard he did a good job. Once I called and talked to him, all sorts of questions came up that I would never have thought of. He was certainly thorough and wanted to make sure I got exactly the re-plating job that I wanted. The wheels on their axles were sent off. Phil phoned to say he’d received them and give a progress report. A few days later he called again to say that the work had been completed and that the wheels were going in the post that day. They arrived shortly afterwards and I have to say I was delighted with the results. I had thought that I would have to put up with worn treads and the poor running associated with them but they looked like new. In some respects, it’s a pity to have to paint them but I’m a runner, not a collector and the good work will, at least, partially disappear under a coat of paint. Needless to say I would use Phil’s service again and recommend him to those whose wheels need a shot of rejuvenation."

 

Before...Mark's drivers with original plating virtually nonexistant...After plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...The drivers are ready to get back to work providing enhanced electrical and sound pick-up...

 

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Dave from Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin...

"Phil,

Here are some pictures of my latest project, 2 Ken Kidder 0-4-0 tank engines, one in HO and one in HOn3. Your nickel plated drive wheels made the project...a first class job and they look beautiful! If you want to use any of these pictures on your website, they are yours to use. Thanks for the super fast turnaround and all the suggestions you have given me to help make this project turn out so well..."

Dave's little HO Ken Kidder before plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...Dave's little HOn3 Ken Kidder before plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...Dave's 'before' picture of the two wheelsets, HO on the left and HOn3 to the right...note damaged wheel on the far right...A picture of the wheel sets after they had been repaired prior to plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...The proof is in the 'plating' so to speak...after 'The Nickel Plater' had finished plating and just prior to shipping back to Dave...Again, the proof is in the 'plating' so to speak...after 'The Nickel Plater' had finished plating and just prior to shipping back to Dave...The HOn3 Ken Kidder with newly plated wheels...her 'shop' picture...ready to get out and do some running...

 

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Bill from Lancaster, California...

Phil,

I received the drivers today. They look GREAT! I'll be installing them next week. Thank you very much...

Bill's newly plated wheelsets mounted and rarin' to boogie, engineer's side frontal offset view...Bill's newly plated wheelsets mounted and rarin' to boogie, fireman's rear offset view...

 

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Roger from Flagstaff, Arizona...

Phil,

The wheel sets showed up today and they look great.

Thanks again...

 

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Chris from Baltimore, Maryland...

Hi Phil,

The wheels arrived!  I tried twice on Tuesday with no luck.  I was able to get to my PO box again on Thursday and picked them up.  They look great! The frame is apart because I have to add poling pockets to the rear end beam.  Once I finish that I can reassemble.

I'll keep you posted.

Thanks,

Chris's HOn3 Joe Works Climax before plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...Chris's HOn3 Joe Works Climax after plating by 'The Nickel Plater'...

 

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Dave from Prescott Valley, Arizona

Phil,

I received the newly plated wheel sets today. They look simply fantastic. They are the finishing touch to my customers engine restoration. Looking forward to doing business with you again, soon...

Cheers mate,

 

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Robert from Alliance, Ohio...

Phil,

I did receive the Climax on Friday. I have tested it and she runs fine, really silent and smooth.

Thank you for a very nice job.

Sincerely, Robert

 

Robert's PFM/United 2-truck Climax ready for wheel plating...original brass wheels and much oxidation...Robert's PFM/United 2-truck Climax's rear truck ready for wheel plating...again, original brass wheels...Robert's PFM/United 2-truck Climax's third truck water bunker ready for wheel plating...original brass wheels also...Robert's PFM/United 2-truck Climax's wheels, cleaned to original polished brass...Robert's PFM/United 2-truck Climax's wheels are nicely plated... Ok, reeeeeally nicely plated, by 'The Nickel Plater' of course...

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From the Yahoo 'Brasscollectors' group 032015...

 

Richard from...

Who can replate  drivers? I have some that the plating is flaking off and I want to get them looking new again

 

Bill from Lancaster, California...

Richard,

Check out shayfixer.com. He does excellent work but it is a bit pricey…

Chris Irek from 'Irek's Toy's & Trains', Sachse, Texas…

Yes, I second that. He does good work. It may seem pricey, but the price of chemicals isn't going down....”

Len from Auburn, California...

As others have already stated, Phil Floyd is the only one that I would trust with a plating job. You must realize however, that the process is not simple. It involves relatively expensive chemicals, extensive cleaning and a good deal of tedious masking. All very time intensive.

Timing of your need is not good as I understand that Phil recently had surgery on his shoulder and will be out of action until about the first of May. If you can wait, your patience will be rewarded with superior craftsmanship.

Be well,

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