While many restoration companies may have pronounced this ’57 Chevy bumper end “beyond hope”, A.I.H. considers it a routine restoration.
After the bumper is chemically stripped of nickel and chrome, it is sandblasted to determine what repairs are necessary. Rusted-out areas are completely cut out of the bumper.
Using heavy-gauge metal, skilled technicians fabricate new pieces to replace damaged areas. They are the wire-welded, front and back. After the welds are ground, the bumper is carefully inspected for surface irregularities. Dents and imperfections are painstakingly hammered out by experienced straightening specialists.
Once straightening is complete, the bumper is sent to the polishing department. Using hand sanders to avoid warping or overheating, the bumper is polished in preparation for the plating process.
Step 4 – Our Unique Plating Process
Following electro-cleaning and hand-washing, all parts are plated with bright copper. They are then returned to the polishing department, where they are buffed to a high luster, removing any imperfections. This step may be repeated several times if necessary. Parts are then plated with semi-bright nickel, bright nickel, and chrome. The finished part is guaranteed by A.I.H. for life.