Saturday, March 17, 2012

Polisher's in & around Chicago

Polishing Steel is a lost art.

Many, many moons ago-
Chicago once had more Metal Fabrication business' than any other US city. (This statistic came from my former Abrasive Salesman, so he may have been slightly biased....)
Much of the Metal Fabricated was at one time
polished - either prior to plating or as a stand alone final finish.
Metal Polishing is a skill, that sadly has been "lost", being replaced by other cheaper, faster means of making a piece looks attractive. (Unless you're Apple, and can hire forced, cheap Chinese labor to polish those iPad/iPhone cases for pennies!!)
In the course of Fine Furniture Design & Fabrication (which is what I do) it's often necessary to polish the metal. AND- certain metals like Stainless Steel are "begging" to be polished-
that's how they are engineered.

Finding Custom Polishers has been a challenge for me.
All of them eith
er want to charge an "Arm-&-a-Leg" to do what they do....
or "only" do production runs of 100's of parts at
at a time.. .
or - have
simply moved, died off (not a good job for respiratory health, and all polishers seem to smoke as well ??) -
or gotten away w/ poor customer (Joe @ A & B Polishing??!) service/ bad
Attitudes (Tony @ Millennium Polishing - you know what I'm talking about???!) for too long....and I refuse to support/ do business w/them.


What-a-breath-of-fresh-air, this guy is.
Nice to do business with.
Takes great pride in his work. Fairly priced. Delivers on Time.
No attitude. Hablemos Espanol. Excellent work. Knows Metal. Knows Polishing.

A True Professional (Polisher).

When I brought Henry the base to this Stainless and Live Edge Wood Table- he needed to rePolish the Stainless that had been carefully pre-polished by another Chicago Resource/gem- Tom @ Griffin Plating. No questions. He totally "got" what needed to be done. And- when I returned to pick up my parts- my jaw dropped.

Premier Metal Finishing
6115 W. Belmont Avenue

Chicago,Ill 60641


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