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Additionally, most people don't realize the effort that's required to rechrome base metal. I had a quote of 75. each for replating a pair of very large box locks and lever handles for our sliding teak pilothouse doors. I asked: "Why $150.00 for a few minutes work?"
He told me first everything must be disassembled, separating plated metal from non-plated. The old chrome finish must then be ground down to bare shiny metal - in my case bronze, in preparation for the plating process. This is time consuming and requires a level of skill comensurate with the final effect.
Due to this, I would strongly recommend that you remove all loose/detachable parts from the components you want plated. In your case, just bring in the drums and self-tailers (if applicable). Keep all the small parts - pawls, clips, springs, ect., and the spindle, base, fasteners . . . no sense risking loss at the shop.
This will also reduce the estimate - which should only be requested after bringing in the parts. The estimator will quote a high number without seeing the work.
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