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ELECTROPLATING in the HOME

WORKSHOP
by Norm Jones
Oct 2, 2008

OVERVIEW
SOURCES for INFORMATION
Caswell Electroplating in Miniature
7696 Route 31
Lyons, New York 14489
(315) 946-1213 www.caswellplating.com
Request a catalog
Anodizing, Electroplating, (Brush Plating)
Powder Coating, Polishing, Paint
Plating Manual $22.00

SOURCES for INFORMATION (cont)


RIOGRANDE
7500 Bluewater Rd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121-1962
(800) 545-6566 www.riogrande.com
Call to request a customer number
Request Tools & Equipment
Great catalog to browse thru!
Plating Manual $15.00
Electroplaters Handbook C.W. Ammen
ISBN 0-8306-0310-7 (paper bound)

INITIAL STEPS for PLATING


Part must be highly polished
(Plating will not improve finish)
Remove Polishing Compound with Lacquer Thinner or Acetone
Soak Part in Hot Solution of Dishwasher Detergent
(Cascade or Similar)
Rinse in Distilled Water
DO NOT TOUCH PART WITH BARE HANDS
AFTER THIS STEP

ELECTRO-CLEANING
Cleans Part Microscopically
Electro-Cleaner: Riogrande page 402
Container: Pyrex Loaf Pan
(Solution may need to be heated)
Part will be suspended in container
(Must not touch Anode)
DC Power Source: Adjustable (12 volts @ 2 Amps)
Use Stainless Steel Anode (Positive Lead)
(Special Shapes may be Required)
Connect Negative Lead to Part to be plated
(make connection in area not to be plated)
Adjust Power Supply to 10V. Turn on Power Supply for 60 seconds

ELECTROCLEANING (CONT)

Rinse Part in Distilled Water


Rinse Part in Acid Dip (Riogrande Page 402)
Rinse Part in Distilled Water
(separate water rinse from above)
Note that all Water Rinses and Acid Dips are
Dedicated
Note

ELECTRO-CLEANER SETUP

NICKEL PLATING
Parts that I am plating are Brass
Nickel prevents tarnishing for subsequent Gold Plating
Provides better adhesion for Gold Plating
Can be used as Final Finish with Extra Thickness
Caswell PlugN Plate Kit
Power Supply 4.5V @ 300ma
Stainless Steel Wand
Bandage
Nickel Plating Solution
(Individual Items are Available Separately)

STAINLESS STEEL WAND / BANDAGE

WAND in PLATING SOLUTION

NICKEL PLATING SETUP

NICKEL PLATING PROCEDURE


Brush Plating
Dip Wand in Plating Solution
Wipe wet Bandage on Part to be Plated
( make sure that the stainless wand does not touch part)
Keep Moving!

Dip Plating
Submerge Part in Plating Solution
Agitate Solution
Amount of time determines Plating Thickness
Rinse Part in Distilled Water
Rinse Part in Acid Dip
Rinse Part in Distilled Water

GOLD PLATING
Cyanide Based 24K,18K,14K Riogrande/Caswell
Color based on : Temperature, Current, Time in Bath
Agitation gives uniform color
Bath has both Stainless Anode and Gold Anode
Never leave Gold Anode in Bath when not in use
Mask areas not intended to be plated with lacquer or asphaltum black
Set Power Supply for 6 Volts @ 30 Seconds
(Brush Plating method works OK as well)
Rinse Part in Distilled Water
Rinse Part in Acid Dip
Rinse Part in Distilled Water

FIXTURING PARTS

FIXTURING TUBE

GOLD PLATING TANK

GAS BUBBLES GIVEN OFF

FINISHED PARTS

COMPLETE PLATING SETUP

PRECAUTIONS
NOTE THAT THE MATERIALS USED IN THIS
PROCESS ARE HAZARDOUS AND SHOULD
BE HANDLED WITH CARE
PROPER VENTILATION SHOULD BE
PROVIDED FOR