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  • How Do I Dispose Of Left Over Chemicals

    Laws on disposal are different in every jurisdiction. Never dump chemicals down the drain. Always take your left over chemicals to your local municipal dump, with a copy of the Safety Data Sheet to di...

  • Help Calculating Nickel Credits For Electroless Kits

    Need help keeping track of and calculating nickel credit replenishments in our Electroless Nickel plating systems. One of our customers has developed this handy piece of software to help you.  Softwar...

  • Chromate Is Not Durable

    Q: My chromate coating on zinc plated parts is not as durable as I need. What can I do? A: Dip the parts in a 20% sulfuric acid bath before chromating. After the chromate, rinse the part in a distille...

  • Plating Acid Copper Over Nickel

    Q: My acid copper won't stick onto nickel plate. A: Acid copper plating onto nickel that is not freshly plated can result in peeling copper plate. To solve this problem, etch the nickel in Pickle #1, ...

  • Copper Plating Onto Old Nickel Plate

    Q: When I try to copper plate (acid or flash) onto a nickel plate that is not fresh (more than 24 hours old), sometimes the copper peels off. How do I correct this? A: This is due to the nickel passiv...

  • Parts Turn Black When Plating

    Q: My parts are turning black when plating. What's wrong? A: Commonly this is from zinc or cadmium contamination. If your part has been previously zinc or cad plated, don't sandblast or grind off the ...

  • My Plug N Plate Kit Doesn't Plate

    If your Plug N Plate® kit doesn't plate, check the following things: Check your connections are correct and tight. The black alligator clip should be on the part being plated, and the wand should be o...

  • The Water Break Test

    The WATER BREAK TEST Also recognised as ASTM-F-22 This test is probably one of the most important procedures in any plating or anodizing operation. Make sure you carry out this test after doing all th...

  • What are the optimum PH for your anodizing dyes?

    DYES OPTIMUM Ph RED BORDEAUX 6 YELLOW 4A 6 BLUE 4 A 6 VIOLET 3D 6 BLACK HBL 5.5 GREEN SCG 6.6 GOLD S 6 TURQUOISE 5.5 OLIVE DRAB 7.5 GOLDEN ORANGE 7 GREY BL 5.5 BROWN GL 6.5 TEAL 5.5 ELECTRIC BLUE 6 CO...