Chrome Bow Line Ring
Chrome Bow Line Ring
Photo by Stephen G. Griffitts

BoatXchg.com currently has multiple listings of plating services that do any combination of: chrome, brass, copper, nickel, and/or gold plating; along with stainless steel and/or aluminum polishing. Plating applications include antique and classic boats, antique and classic cars, and motorcycles. Here are three awesome plating services included in our database. Do you know these companies?

Copper Pipes
Copper Pipes
Photo by Stephen D. Griffitts

Graves Plating
Rod Graves, Principal
4230 Chisholm Road, Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-9487
gplating@aol.com

Referred to as the “Sultans of Shine,” Graves Plating has been in the plating services business for more than 75 years. Principal Rod Graves says, “We take great pride in knowing that our craft has been featured on “Best of Show” winners and that, over time, when properly maintained, the chrome doesn’t fade, peel or pit. Today, we are the third generation of platers who are personally involved in every restoration that comes through our door, because what comes through our door goes out the same door, and the parts we have plated reflect upon us.

Brass Details
Steam Boat with Brass Engine Details
Photo by Stephen D. Griffitts

JR Custom Plating
Johnny Colton, Principal
39374 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
(651) 464-0761
johnny@jrcustomplating.com

JR Custom Plating performs professional, custom chrome plating that exceeds customer specifications. Their attention to detail and meticulous quest for perfection is evident in everything they do. In addition to chrome plating for antique and classic automobile and boat parts, and motorcycle parts, JR Custom Plating also specializes in chrome plating some materials that other companies won’t work with, including the plating of pot metal (die cast), aluminum, brass, steel, and cast iron.

Chrome Fins
Chrome Fins
Photo by Stephen D Griffitts

Paul’s Chrome  Plating Inc
Jim Hespenheide, Principal
90 Pattison Street, Evans City, PA 16033
(800) 245-8679

Paul’s Chrome Plating, Inc.is a family-owned and operated chrome plating shop providing custom show plating services. Paul’s Chrome is pleased to have earned a well-respected reputation for producing and restoring high quality chrome plated products, both for individuals and restoration shops. Paul’s attention to quality, technical knowledge, and expertise allow them to also offer innovations such as the ability to chrome plastic parts. Paul’s chrome plating shop serves the US and International markets. Paul’s Chrome Plating has been featured on the TV show “My Classic Car” with Dennis Gage.

Steering Wheel and Dash
Steering Wheel and Dash
Photo by Stephen D. Griffitts

Issue 3, 2017, of The Brass Bell magazine featured an article written by Stephen D. Griffitts about the chrome plating process, which was written with the assistance of Rod Graves of Graves Plating.