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    Pot Metal/ Mazak Restoration

    Has anybody successfully restored their own pitted pot metal/ mazak ready for chroming?

    I know it's notoriously expensive to get done by the pro's but is it that difficult to do yourself?. It needs a low melt filler but something that won't fall out when it goes to be plated.

    Any good products out there, tips, techiniques etc?

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    I've got rid of pitting by grinding/sanding/polishing prior to plating, but obviously this isnt gonna work on major pitting or light duty parts. I'll be watching this thread to see what suggestions come up.

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    is it worth getting recast in brass? you can get small batch's done and may work out cheaper, a freind and i were thinking of getting a some devon grills done

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    Labour intensive and you need a freindly plater Ian, It has to be stripped of old plating,then plated in brass or copper (brass is best) this will still show all the imperfections / damaged area's ,you then fill ,file ,sand,and polish these area's with solder,you have to re brass it,have a good look at it and either take it away and do more remeadiale work,or go ahead with the nickel,and chrome .....it can be major expensive ,but if its a rare part what do you do?,ive just bought a 37 La-Salle grille (with damage) for my coupe,so ill be going this route,ill stick some pic's up when we get to it ,Bry
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevie.t View Post
    is it worth getting recast in brass? you can get small batch's done and may work out cheaper, a freind and i were thinking of getting a some devon grills done
    I've thought of that Steve but it'll all be one-offs so probably really expensive unless I learn how to mould or cast the parts myself. I may look into it more though.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigjob View Post
    Labour intensive and you need a freindly plater Ian, It has to be stripped of old plating,then plated in brass or copper (brass is best) this will still show all the imperfections / damaged area's ,you then fill ,file ,sand,and polish these area's with solder,you have to re brass it,have a good look at it and either take it away and do more remeadiale work,or go ahead with the nickel,and chrome .....it can be major expensive ,but if its a rare part what do you do?,ive just bought a 37 La-Salle grille (with damage) for my coupe,so ill be going this route,ill stick some pic's up when we get to it ,Bry
    Cheers Bry, I guess the cost is due to the length of the process. I think I'll go to see the chromers and see if they have any advice then may have a go with a spare piece.
    It would be really easy to just shave the trim and save ourselves the hassle but where's the fun in that?

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    Im sure that a place called derby platers does pot metal
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    There's another thread on here somewhere about chrome painting (chromaflair i think theyre called). You could then just fill with filler and rub down smooth and get it chrome painted??

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    What are the parts off and what are they,found it was cheaper to buy new,or good second hand.

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    Solder & sand the pits then chrome effect powder coating might be an option. A friend had some mazac parts re-cats in brass a while ago which looked good, but the shrinkage rate caused a problem as the new brass parts were marginally smaller than the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul67 View Post
    What are the parts off and what are they,found it was cheaper to buy new,or good second hand.
    They're unobtainium. 1950's, one year only model and body style.

    I've considered the chrome effect paints and powder coating, not sure it's the way I'll go but it's an option.

    I'm prepared to put the work into restoring the parts myself once I know the best way to do it.

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