Today I received back from the metal plater my "new" 4mm x 36cm Gaillard rondeau. I found Acme Plating through a recommendation from my friend Peter at Rocky Mountain Retinning.
The cost ($171) worked out to $9.50 per inch, which is just slightly more than some tinners charge. And if it weren't for a Colorado environmental surcharge on plating, the cost would have been almost exactly the *same*. Compared with the price quoted by Zappfe in Seattle ($28/inch), Acme was quite the bargain, at 1/3 the price. The total cost to me for this large, massive pan lined in silver ($142 +$171= $313) ended up being less than a new 3Q A-C copper core saute!
Acme turned the pan around within 2 weeks as I requested and cleaned and polished the pan. As you can see in the photos, the lining's finish was kept matte, since polishing would remove some silver, and a mirror finish would just get scuffed in use anyway.
Now on to testing. Acme claims the lining is a full 15 microns thick. I'll cook in her, and report back how the lining performs and wears. I'm really looking forward to being able to cook, worry-free, at >425F. If it holds up as well as I think it will, I'm going to have a saute, frypan and roaster silvered as well, and then perhaps just silver all my pans if/when the tinning ever wears out.
Acme Plating (est. 1918)
1831 Launa Drive
Montrose, CO 81401
Phone: (970) 249-8996
Fax: (970) 240-4571