Great Resource for Replating Brass and Chrome
(Escutcheon plates before and after restoration)
One of the many challenges I’ve had in restoring the house has been the door hardware. While refinishing the doors is messy and time-consuming its easy enough to do. Metalwork, on the other hand, is a little beyond my skill set.
While solid metal items are straight forward to strip and refinish, most of the metal hinges and escutcheon plates in my home are plated, not solid, and the plating has failed. They do not polish and the only inexpensive option is to paint them with gold paint. Needless to say, this option is not overly satisfying or attractive.
Finally, I decided to bite the bullet and explore the possibility of having the escutcheon plates replated. After asking around for recommendations, the name that came up again and again was Metro Plating & Polishing in Kensington, MD. So, I gave them a try.
All in all, I’m pleased with the results … but it isn’t necessarily cheap. The cost for escutcheon plates similar to the ones above is around $40 per plate. Still, if you are thinking of going down this road no one else in Washington will be able to beat the price. Other options are to find new but similar door hardware to use if you aren’t hung up on preserving the original.Restoration repair and maintenance
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