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Feb 2, 2010 05:09 PM


Does anybody know anywhere in town where I can get a copper kettle re-tinned? I just picked up a used simplex kettle for cheap, but the lining is thrashed. Alternatively, anyone ever tried to do it themselves? I have access to a metal studio, but don't really know where to start.

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    1. Try Akers Metal Polishing Plating & Repair on Richmond.

      Have no idea how good they are, or what they charge, just found them by Googling "retinning houston."

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      1. re: roadhawg

        Have used Akers several times over the years. (Never for cookware.) But they've always dealt squarely.

        Just sayin'.

        1. re: Ribalding

          I brought my copper cookware to Akers here in Houston this morning (10/15/13) and the prices are fantastic. I have looked at out-of-town services and the prices charged for restoring a copper pan are astronomical in comparison.

          For instance, Rocky Mountain Retinning charges $70 to clean and tin a 9-inch skillet, whereas Akers charges $28. And since Akers is here in town, there's no need to go through the hassle of shipping.

          I've searched for local services before and for some reason Akers did not surface. I did so again and happily I found out Akers here at Chowhound.

      2. I picked up my 9" copper Ruffoni skillet today, Oct. 18, after being told it would be about two weeks for my pan to be refinished and restored. Talk about a quick turnaround time. :-) Akers did a wonderful job on my pan and I am looking forward to having them work on my stockpot and saucepan. I will have a nicely restored set just in time for Thanksgiving.

        1. Aker's in Houston is now closing since the proprietor is retiring. However, there will still be a local service for re-tinning and polishing. One of Aker's employees is opening Bayou City Metal Polishing and Refinishing in early 2014, located at the Antique Pavilion, 2311 Westheimer.

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