What Size Items Can I Plate?
Well, you can technically plate anything, but we recommend sticking to parts that are manageable. Don't bother with car bumpers or rims. They require huge tanks, huge amounts of power, and way too much time. Leave items that large to the plating shops.
The basic limitations are always going to be:
1. Can the part be totally immersed in the liquid contained in the kit? 1.5 Gallon kits come with 1.5 gallons of liquid. 4.5 gallon kits come with 4.5 gallons of liquid, etc. To test this, fill a container with an amount of water and see if the part can be immersed. You need at least 4-6 inches of space between the part and the sides of the tanks to get an even plate.
2. Will you have a big enough power supply? Nickel, Copper, Copy Chrome require 1 amp per 15 sq in of part surface area. Zinc/Copy Cad requires 1 amp/40 sq in. Chrome needs 1 amp/1 sq in. Calculate the area of the largest part you want to plate and then ensure you have an adequate power supply.
Plug N Plate® Kit Instructions
These instructions are included in all our Plug N Plate® Kits.
How do I plate porous non-conductive items such as leather (baby shoes), flowers, butterflies etc?
To plate porous non-conductive items such as leather (baby shoes), flowers, butterflies etc. you will need the following parts that we sell. 1. Caswell Sealer Concentrate (to make the parts non-porous) 2. Copper Conductive Paint (to make the parts ...
What Size Kit Do I Need?
Q: What size kit do I need? A: The plating tank needs to be large enough to fit your parts, with a few inches space around the part to spare. You also need enough plating solution to immerse the part totally. Here's an example of how to work this ...
How do I plate onto plastic?
To plate plastic items you will need the following parts that we sell. 1. Copper Conductive Paint - http://www.caswellplating.com/copper-conductive-paint-4oz.html 2. Tinning Solution - ...
Why Would Anyone Want To Copper Plate?
Copper plating forms the undercoat for many decorative plating applications. Copper plates quickly, thickly and is relatively soft. This means that it's easy to use copper to repair pitted items, plating over the pits, then polishing the copper to a ...