Re-Nickeling Antique Stove Parts

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Often Antique Stoves Require Re-Nickeling of the Trim Pieces, and this is often Mentioned in the Auction of the Stove. Now, The Nickel Process is Actually just Part of a Chroming Process. The part is first Repaired if Welding is Required, Ground with an Abrasive Wheel/Grinder, and all Surface Rust Removed, often with a Wire Wheel or Sandblasting/Mediablasting. Next, a Chemical Bath is Required to Remove All Grease or Oil that the part might have absorbed over the years. After Cleaning, the part is Electro-Plated with Copper, to fill any Pits, Grinding Marks, or Other Imperfections. This is now the Basis for the Nickeling, which is Also an Electro-Plating Process. If you would carry on to the next Step, you would Chrome the Part, but as with any Stove Item, the Chrome would Blue from the Heat, so this step is not performed. After Nickeling, the Part is Buffed on a Fabric Wheel with Jeweler's Rouge to Obtain the Luster of the Nickel Plating. This is by No Means an Inexpensive Process, it is Time-Consuming and the Chemicals (both Copper and Nickel) are Costly. There is a Great Deal of Labor Also Involved. Do not expect that this can be performed Inexpensively. A Large 6-Eye Kitchen Stove with a Warming Back, and all it's Trim, can easily fetch $500.-$1,000. in Nickeling Costs, Depending on the Condition of The Parts. Thus, a Re-nickeled Stove will command a Much Higher Price, as Well as an Excellent Original Requiring no Re-nickeling.

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