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- Apr 22, 2013
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- G.R. Michigan
Slingerlands was triple plated. Scratch coat of copper, then nickle then decorative chrome. All done at the Niles factory in house
Electroplating is a DC process so whatever AC voltage is coming into the building shouldn't have a bearing on that used in the plating process. The DC voltage used needs to be of a specific low voltage and at a particular amperage based on the surface area of what's being plated.Certainly UK voltage is 240v, compared to the US standard of110v. What difference that makes to the process I'm not sure, as most platers would use transformers if they need different voltages/ amperages.
Yeah That was the anti- galvanic process said so right on the sticker!Until the late ‘80s they were not playing Supras properly, which was why the chrome peeled off all the time. To plate aluminum, you have to plate copper, then nickel then chrome. Plating chrome directly to aluminum doesn’t work, same for steel. Beyond that, I couldn’t say.
And the factory doesn't want you to change them....more for the dealer to do and charge you for. On the plus side; there are many cars and plugs that will last 100K miles these days. No points, condensers, plugs or carbs to "tune up" any longer. I miss my '70 4-4-2.I was a car guy 40+ years ago when dual point ignition and dual quad carburetors were high performance. Now I can’t even change spark plugs ‘cause I can’t find them under all the crammed up plastic covering everything.
Premier’s plating process is steeped in just about every legend ever heard though some of it might be actual truth. So in keeping with the truth, here goes: Premier’s plating division was actually headed up by Sasquatch. The plating division was located on the shores of Loch Ness and we all know what happens there. On their off days the staff of the plating division teamed up with a group of ancient aliens and that’s how Stonehenge came to be. It’s really quite simple.
Having said all that I’m a huge fan of Premier and own 3 of their kits.
And Mike Ellis (the Drum Fettler) is hilarious.
Funny how companies like Yam can do such a great job on plating aluminum shells and Ludwig still kind of sucks at it.I find it hard to believe that Ludwig, a company known to save and use every last nut and screw, would ship shells to England to be plated. Especially when, at that time there were probably a hundred reputable plating companies in the immediate surrounding Chicagoland area. Including Reliable plating which put their stamp on many shells. On aluminum it wasn't always so reliable though. But that's just the nature of that metal.
The difference is the shell material, brass shells like the Dyna (and the Ludwig Super-Ludwig) tend to have really nice chrome on them. Brass adores being chrome plated, aluminum fights against it from the get go.I've got a 40 plus year old Rogers dyna and the chrome is still impeccable.