'How To' Guide for DIY Home Electroplating

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Postby alan.moore » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:36 pm

These are about 14 inches long and were plated in a plastic 'flower window box'. The base metal was brass which can be directly plated with copper.

This is what I started with:
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Before


They were cleaned back to the brass by abrasion to remove the remnants of the old chrome plating and any dents filled with solder:
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Cleaned to brass and dents solder filled


They were then copper plated, polished and finally Replica Chrome plated:
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Bottom copper plated, top Replica Chrome
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Dynamo case

Postby alan.moore » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:54 pm

Whilst the surface area was larger then the total surface area of my anodes it still plated OK. I did not attempt to cover up the pitting as the body is mostly hidden when fitted. I gave it a light rub over with fine scotchbrite after plating just to knock back the shine a bit :

Before:
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Before plating





I know I said not to take the part out to have a look, but it had been in for half an hour and you can usually get away with just having a quick squiz

After:
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After


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After
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Re: 'How To' Guide for DIY Home Electroplating

Postby nevhunter » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:58 am

I've been doing dynamo cases with nickel and just dulling them off with scouring pads. Electroless nickel is dull off the plating. The outer surface is deliberately machined with a coarse feed so I buff with a coarse buff in the same direction to try to preserve it. Turning it smaller will give difficulties with how it mounts, but you could set it up so as to do the "top" section only, if the rusting is bad and it's the only one you have. Dull zinc might be a reasonable alternative or perhaps a stoved rattle can product dullmetal imitation finish. Nev

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Re: 'How To' Guide for DIY Home Electroplating

Postby Mike Nash » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:52 am

Nev,
What's a "stoved rattle"?
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Re: 'How To' Guide for DIY Home Electroplating

Postby john.whiting » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:52 am

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Re: 'How To' Guide for DIY Home Electroplating

Postby DrewNolan » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:43 am

Hi Alan.
Thank you for the the effort in posting for all.
Cheers with a cold beer. Drew


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