Then why not use the company that I previously suggested? HCP Hard Chrome Plating
HCP have been re plating stanchions for years, and I could quite easily list many well known 1970's and 1980's GP500 and 750 bikes that have been rebuilt using their services, so they are hardly chancers.
Fair play to you for sticking with Philpots, but the last set that I had refinished just a few months ago with HCP, were considerably cheaper than than your £145.00 even after accounting for postage costs.
Went through exactly the same on my old GSX400EZ, then finally sent to Philpotts & job done.
yes it's £145, but depends on how much you value your time getting the prep, glue, clean, sand trick right.
Good luck with it.
I'll report what I think when they get back but both companies report they are very busy at the moment with 2-3 week lead times.
No sympathy.... it's just piss poor maintenance & care.
The stanchions came back 2 weeks later as promised (actually a few days early), very well packaged for posting and the chrome on them looks very good. However I do have some gripes:
- The axial holes at the bottom of the legs have been chromed which has reduced their diameter. As these play some part in the damping process I have opened them back up with a drill and some of the chrome has chipped off round the holes. As the seals and bushes don't run over these it shouldn't be a problem though.
- There is a bit of plating over-run on the land for one of the lower fork bushes, which I will have to file back.
- The inside of the legs are filthy, with lots of grinding coolant residue and metal dust still present. It'll wash out but if somebody hadn't checked it and had just refitted the legs they would fill their forks with abrasive metal filings and grindstone dust. Rather naughty.
I promised an honest appraisal of Philpots and there it is. The stanchions will be good to go after a bit of cleaning up but the "rough edges" on the finished product are disappointing. It wouldn't put me off using them again but if I have to rechrome another set I will probably try Eddie's recommendations to see if they're any better.
I've always been happy with everything else, and have been particularly impressed with the work that HPC have done on tapered stanchions. I'm lead to beleive that this can be an issue with some platers.
Sadly, I guess that anyone can have an off day, and perhaps you were just unlucky. Obviously being a paying customer, this is no excuse.
Just a thought, did either of you tell the fork shop?
Philpotts have been around for donkey's years and, though I've never used them, you don't corner the market by being crap so maybe it is worth a word?
I rebuilt the forks this morning so I'm not about to go sending them back, but yeah it's worth dropping them a line.