Welcome to Advanced Plating!


Take a tour of our large plating facility for a quick look
at the processes involved and the steps we take to provide you with "World Class Chrome".

The Shop

 The Strip Room

THE STRIP ROOM IS WHERE PARTS ARE STRIPPED TO THE BARE METAL. OLD PLATING, PAINT, RUST, GREASE, EVERYTHING MUST BE REMOVED. PLATING OVER ANY OLD MATERIAL CAN CAUSE PREMATURE FAILURE OF THE NEW PLATING.

 Polishing Department

AFTER THE PARTS ARE STRIPPED, THEY ARE SENT TO THE POLISHING DEPARTMENT. BEFORE ANY PLATING WORK CAN BEGIN, THE PART MUST FIRST BE POLISHED TO REMOVE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE METAL. USING VARIOUS GRIT COMPOUND WHEELS, PARTS ARE POLISHED SMOOTH. MOST OF OUR METAL FINISHERS HAVE BETWEEN 15 AND 38 YEARS EXPERIENCE.

 Racking Department

AFTER THE PARTS ARE POLISHED THEY ARE SENT TO THE RACKING DEPARTMENT TO BE RACKED FOR PLATING. PLATING REQUIRES THE USE OF ELECTRICAL CURRENT. PARTS ARE ATTACHED USING COPPER WIRE TO A HEAVY GAUGE COPPER HOOK. THIS ALLOWS ELECTRICAL CURRENT TO PASS THROUGH THE HOOK AND WIRE TO THE PART BEING PLATED. EACH JOB IS GIVEN ITS OWN COLOR CODE WHICH IS PLACED ON THE COPPER HOOK TO IDENTIFY WHICH PARTS GO WITH WHICH JOB.

 Plating Line

ONCE THE PARTS ARE RACKED, THEY ARE READY TO GO TO THE PLATING LINE. ALONG WITH A COLOR CODE TO IDENTIFY THE PART THERE IS ALSO A COLOR CODE TO TELL THE PLATER WHAT TYPE OF PLATING THE PART RECEIVES. WHETHER ITS CHROME, NICKEL, HARD COPPER, ACID COPPER, BLACK CHROME OR GOLD.

 Inspection

AFTER PLATING, EACH PIECE OF EACH JOB IS INDIVIDUALLY INSPECTED BY OUR QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTORS. PARTS THAT DON’T PASS THE STANDARDS ARE PROCESSED BACK THROUGH THE POLISHING AND PLATING PROCESS UNTIL THEY MEET OUR QUALITY STANDARDS. AFTER ALL PARTS PASS INSPECTION THE ORDER IS SENT TO THE SHIPPING DEPARTMENT TO BE SHIPPED.

 Waste Treatment

IN HOUSE WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEM WITH THE STRICT REGULATIONS FROM THE STATE AND FEDERAL E.P.A. WE HAVE OUR OWN IN HOUSE WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEM. THIS SYSTEM REMOVES CONTAMINATES CAUSED BY THE PLATING PROCESS. THE COST TO COMPLY WITH ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIONS IS ENORMOUS AND ADDS A GREAT DEAL TO THE COST OF HAVING SOMETHING PLATED BUT WE ARE PROUD TO DO OUR PART TO ENSURE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.

A Look Around

Retail Store

Video Tours

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to take a look at our shop and our process. If you are ever in the Nashville area we invite you to stop by and we would be happy to give you the grand tour.

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