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3404613/11/2018 21:44:00
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Restoring a 1911 Bing stationary engine,

Made missing brass parts which now need nickel plating - dull finish

Only a few items and usual story, platers not interested.

Any help / advice on kits appreciated as totally confused by what is on offer.

I did try covering in solder but not too happy with finish.



Watford13/11/2018 22:35:04
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Try Frost....................

Go to Plating Kits 

Heard good results from vintage motorcycle restorer.



Edited By Watford on 13/11/2018 22:36:43

John Paton 113/11/2018 22:48:21
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a friend of mine has been playing at nickel plating and says it is dead easy once you get a pure nickel source to plate from. His results look ok to me but time will tell how well it stands up. I think he just uses acetic acid as electrolyte and a small 5v power supply to drive it.

cleanliness is key

3404614/11/2018 08:34:41
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Thanks gents

Sorted as Frost have just what is needed.


Mark P.14/11/2018 08:53:38
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Don't forget to dangle your bits to be plated off titainum wire.
Mark P.
Martin Whittle14/11/2018 09:33:11
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I have used a kit from Gateros Plating with excellent results. They sell directly or on ebay.

The basic Watts bath gives a very matt grey finish; by adding the 'brightener' to the bath a fully bright shiny surface is achieved.

Polish and clean the work scrupulously before plating. It may be helpful to use solvents, then electrolytic cleaning - anodic cleaning is the most vigorous but not suitable for all metals as it can cause oxidisation of the surface (e.g. 'anodised aluminium' in the extreme case). Otherwise cathodic cleaning is good but slower.

Titanium wire (or mesh) is used to suspend the anodes; it does not matter too much what you suspend the work with as it will quickly get nickel plated!


mark costello 114/11/2018 17:42:08
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Over here the junkyards buy old American nickles (coins) as the nickles are cheaper than buying commercial nickle.

Grindstone Cowboy14/11/2018 18:18:12
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Always had good service and advice from Classic Plating **LINK**

No cconnection other than as a satisfied customer.


Harry Wilkes14/11/2018 21:05:26
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This vid maybe worth a watch link


Fowlers Fury14/11/2018 21:39:10
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Alternatively you could get this ~ much cheaper:-

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