Question I have inherited a small safe that stands 30"hx21'Wx21"d and will have it moved to my house in Las Vegas soon. It is badly in need of restoration as it has surface rust on it especially the handle and some of the dial. I do not see a manufacturer on it but I have the combination and keys. It seems that the most famous Restoration shop in Las Vegas is the most recommended restorer but the shop is very backed up with projects. Since I believe I will be spending a lot to ship it to me I would not like to ship it too many other places along the way to keep the cost down. Can you recommend any other place near Las Vegas or somewhere that can reduce my shipping costs by combining it with another load near there? I have 3 photos if you need them.
Answer Hi Lori,
If you are discussing "Rick's Restoration" (American Restoration - History Channel) in Las Vegas, I am very aware of them, and I haven't been impressed with some of the work they have done on safes. They are simply backed up with work because people are more interested in having them work on their projects, than on having the item restored.
My priorities are on the project and NOT the person doing the work. That being said, if your project doesn't have much documented history of its own, what a way to start. Having the work done and documented will possibly add value to the item.
Unfortunately, there are ONLY about 1/2 dozen or so, professional safe restorer's in the US. As you didn't mention where the safe is currently located, I have no way of knowing if it is in the vicinity of someone that I would recommend.
Unfortunately, Rick Dale is the only person in Las Vegas that I know of who does any type of restoration work - problem is Rick isn't the one who will work on your safe, his crew of misfits are!!!
You do have other options though,
1. DIY project. Depending on your skills, you can do the work yourself. I don't pretend to be a painter, and so I sub out all of the painting work to someone else.
2. Other opportunities - check with a local art department at a local college. They might be interested in taking your safe on as a restoration project. if not, they might have some talented artist who could work on your safe.
3. You can also check with some local safe companies to see if they can assist. While they may not do the whole restoration, they may have others that they use like painters and artists.
Let me know where the safe currently is, and I'll see if I know of someone who can possibly do the work before shipping the safe to you.
I would be happy to look at your safe, to see what you have. You can send the photos that you have to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Note: If you have specific questions concerning the safe, I may need additional or better quality photos.
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