Monday, September 19, 2011

Gold and Copper Plating Kits

Gold plating kit contain to make beautiful craft items including the power supply. All we need is one pint of automotive battery acid (available from most automotive parts stores), an airbrush, some distilled water and a few other odds and ends. 5 Amp power supply will copper plate items up to 50 inch2 area.

The step to plate any organic parts are as follows:

  1. Dip the part in the sealer solution for 30 minutes, allow to dry, dip again briefly and allow to dry.
  2. Attach a bore copper wire to the part, long enough to hang into the copper plating solution from the tank bar.
  3. Spray the shoe with copper conductive paint, using an airbrush, and allow to dry.
  4. Dip the part in the tinning solution for 30 minutes
  5. Hang the part into the bright acid and copper plating solution, attach the power supply, and plate for approx 1 hour. Remove and lightly sand down any rough spots. Continue plating for 3-5 hours, removing periodically and sanding down the ruogh spots. Remove and rinse the part.
Organic Parts Plating Kits:
  • 1 x 2 gal plastic tank and lid
  • 1.5 gallon copper crystals and brighteners
  • 2 x copper anodes
  • 1 x heater
  • 1 x agitation pump
  • 40 oz copper conductive paint
  • 1 x quart tinning solution
  • 1 x quart caswell sealer concentrate
  • 1 x 5 Amp DC Rectifier
  • 1 x caswell Plating Manual
  • 1 pint automotive battery
  • copper pipe for tank bar
  • copper wire T hang items
  • Small amount of electrical wire to make connections
Copper plating tank operate at 70 to 80 oF. Heaters are only required if plating in a cold environment. 

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