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General Plating Questions

  • 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 ...

  • Disposal Of Chemicals

    Q: If I purchase a small kit to plate some small parts as a hobby, how do I dispose of the expended fluids from plating? Are they considered hazardous materials? A: There should be NO expended fluids ...

  • How Do I Know What Metal My Part is Made From

    It's important to know what metal your part is made from before you try to plate, strip, anodize or polish your part. To determine the base metal, you'll need to run some basic tests. See this page: h...

  • Can you mask off certain areas of a part to prevent plating or anodizing of that area?

    Yes you can. You can use any lacquer as a masking agent. You can also use our Mask-It solution, which will not dissolve in the acid solution....

  • I don't understand how electroplating works? Is there a tutorial?

    Caswell Inc. caters to people who have never electroplated anything before. Our manual is written for the beginner. We have also created a tutorial Flash presentation that attempts to explain the basi...

  • How do you remove nickel plate?

    The safest way to remove Nickel Plate is to use our B series strippers. You can also reverse plate using a stainless steel cathode in a battery acid solution, but it's smelly, dangerous and can damage...

  • How do you remove old chrome plate?

    By using a weak solution of muriatic acid and a lead sheet, you can reverse plate the chrome off. Because chrome plate is a very thin layer, the chrome is stripped very quickly. You can also buff the ...

  • Do I Need To Spend A Fortune On A Rectifier?

    No! You can use a 12V or 6V battery and car or motorbike light bulbs in the circuit to control the current. Our manual demonstrates how to do this, along with a few other low cost power control ideas....

  • What is a Rectifier?

    Power supplies come in all sizes and types. This will help you determine which are suitable for electroplating and anodizing and which are not. Power Supplies or Rectifiers The term rectifier was used...

  • Can I Use Your Kits To Plate Lead?

    Yes. You must dip in Pickle #4, then pre-plate the parts with Flash Copper prior to plating with any other kit....