Metalware Church Goods Repair and Refinishing

Sometimes, replacing an important item like an heirloom chalice or an engraved ciborium just isn't an option. The sentimental value of the object or its high market value makes it emotionally or financially difficult to replace. Matthew F. Sheehan's church goods repair and restoration services offer individuals, churches and organizations an affordable alternative to replacing costly or sentimental pieces. Our repair and restoration service allows you to restore, rather than replace, your metal church goods to save money and preserve special items. We feature a full range of services, and free estimates are available, so there's never any surprise when it comes to costs.

Available Services:

Our repair services can be used to restore a broken or damaged item to its original function and glory. Repairs are completed by our team of skilled craftsmen and all repairs are done before other restoration efforts take place, ensuring that the repair blends seamlessly into the item's finish. You'll never even know your item was repaired.

If you would like a piece of your item replaced with a piece from another item to create a custom design, we can do that, too. Send both items in and our craftsmen will carefully dismantle the needed pieces, then forge them together to create a unique and customized piece.

Sometimes, tarnish can steal the beauty and life from metal objects. Ornamental metal church goods are notorious for accruing tarnish in difficult-to-reach places, but our expert polishers have the tools, experience and knowledge to access even the most difficult places to remove tarnish and restore luster. Items are dismantled, polished, lubricated and put back together to ensure that every nook is perfectly polished. Ask about our anti-tarnish lacquer that can prevent further tarnish from forming.

In addition to repairs, we can also refinish your precious items to bring back their natural beauty and original luster. Re-plating is one of our most popular refinishing services. Objects made of brass, silver, bronze or gold that have not disintegrated can be re-plated. Re-plating can be costly depending on the size of the object and the metal used to do the plating, but re-plating will preserve the sentimental value of the piece unlike any other method can. We can re-plate entire items or portions of items, depending on the condition of the piece and the desired results.

If your item is engraved, the engraving may still show up after the re-plating process, though it may be fainter. If desired, the engraving can be enhanced to promote readability after refinishing is completed. If your piece is not engraved, but you would like it to be, engraving may be added during the refinishing process. Alternatively, if your piece is engraved, but you wish that it wasn't, most types of engraving can easily be removed.

Please note that heavy pitting or corrosion in engraving or elsewhere on a piece is typically impossible to completely remove as doing so can weaken the integrity of the piece. Items that pitted or corroded will look beautiful after refinishing, but will not appear new.

Once the refinishing process is completed, each piece is hand buffed and hand polished. This step ensures that no minor imperfections are present and that the item arrives in top condition.



The Process:

Matthew F. Sheehan makes it easy to have your important articles professionally repaired or restored. We treat every piece that comes through our service with the utmost respect and care. Our expert craftsmen are masters of their craft and produce incredible results. For those that are new to metal goods restoration, there are 5 basic steps to having your item repaired or refinished:

  1. - Obtain an estimate. Estimates are available by either submitting photos of your item or by sending them to the refinishing site and having an expert appraiser look at them in person. The appraiser will be able to give you a more accurate estimate, as well as provide suggestions for restoring the piece that you may have overlooked.
  2. - Approve the work. Restoration work will not begin until you approve the quote. If you've gotten a quote remotely by using photographs, a shipping case will be sent to you. The case will include necessary packing materials and instructions on how to pack your item.
  3. - Repair and restoration work will be done. Our team works together to create a detailed plan for restoring your piece. Repairs are made first, followed by re-plating and an expert polishing. If pieces are missing, our skilled craftsmen will exercise a bit of creative liberty to match the design as closely as possible.
  4. - Finished products are returned. Your item will be shipped to your location. Heavy items may require truck shipping.

The restoration process can take anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks. Once the restoration process is complete and your item has gone through one final inspection, the piece will be restored to its original beauty and shine. The hand-buffed finishes will gleam with the beauty the piece originally possessed and many customers describe their newly refinished items as "better than new". 

If you are interested in a free estimate or for more information about article restoration, please call us at 1-866-674-2500. Please note that free shipping does not apply to this service.