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A. Why not? There is no reason why you cannot get a good finish by using a small scale electroplating kit that you can manufacture using household items, a bit of know-
A. Depending upon what finish you are looking for, the most obvious item you’ll need is a plating solution. This can be done by either making a solution yourself or by purchasing a pre-
Whichever finish you require, preparation is something that cannot be ignored or taken lightly. A poorly prepared item will result in poor finish or even no finish at all! You will need to ensure that the component you wish to finish is free from any pre-
Once you have the chemical materials you will need to think about equipment. You will need a separate container for each process and an effective method of swilling the work thoroughly between processes. For Nickel plating especially, you will need a method of heating the solution (cleaners will work better when warm as well). Probably as important as the electroplating solution, is the electrical supply! You need a method to supply electricity to the solution. This will involve an actual power supply and associated cables from both negative and positive contacts.
When using tank plating methods, which give by far the best results, the home plating kit will also need anodes -
A. Industrial cleaners and janitorial cleaners are VERY different! An industrial cleaner for electroplating is specifically formulated to remove the soils that we find on machined, metal parts. They are created to work fast and effectively and also be free-
A. Yes! Both common types of home plating, Zinc and Nickel, can be used in conjunction with brightening systems -
A. Zinc plating solutions do not need to be heated in general, not when using our zinc brightening system anyway! You will need to protect from freezing however -
Nickel plating solutions do need to be heated, depending upon which brightening system you employ, usually between 50 and 70°C -
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A. Yes. You will need to protect you new zinc plate by passivating the surface. This process is simply an immersion treatment which is used to protect the zinc deposit and can also be used to add colour to the surface, such as yellow. You can even use a passivate sealant which will protect your work even further, massively increasing the protection to you electroplated work.
A. More often than not, the answer is yes. How easy or practical this is for a home plater really depends upon what coating you are trying to remove. The best thing to do is get in touch and we can advice on each job individually. Click here >>>>
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We do offer shipping discount. Sadly, our website cannot calculate discounts which may be available on multiple order purchases, however if we can offer a discount by sending your order in the same pack or by a different courier, we will and pass these savings to you by way of refund at the time of shipping. If you would like to know what the cost is and would prefer an itemised invoice prior to order, we can email a invoice / payment request which will include any available discount. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our Contact Us page.
We are a UK based supplier and can only provide online purchasing to UK mainland addresses. However, we can often supply to European and non UK mainland address upon request. If you would like to know more please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you want, the quantity you are looking for and importantly, where you would like items shipping to. Each enquiry is quoted individually with cost price shipping rates if we are able to send to the address supplied. If you make a purchase and we are not able to deliver to the address supplied, your payment will be refunded in full.
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