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'[EE]: Recipes for electroplating?'
2001\04\22@003156 by Russell McMahon

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Request from a friend.
Any good / easy / cheap  (select 2 :-)  ) ideas?
Ken is a competent electrical / electronic engineer and worthy of being
entrusted to use dangerous chemicals :-)


Russell


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2001\04\22@023350 by Roman Black

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Russell McMahon wrote:

> > I've had a quick look on the web but only seemed to find either commercial
> > outfits offering proprietary chemical preparations, or unhelpful "old
> > fogies" saying that the chemicals were far too dangerous to be entrusted
> to amateurs.


I don't know about "too dangerous", i used to do a
lot for fun as a kid. I think most of my family
members had copper plated keys and doodads! :o)

Copper plating is very easy, just get some copper
sulphate crystals from the pharmacist, and a plastic
constainer. Using a variable power supply you can
plate copper from one electrode to the other.

Cleaning the metal well is critical, some people
use acid but there are some kitchen cleaners
that work well.

I've had a lot of stuff chromed for motorcycles,
they always plate copper, then nickel, then chrome.
(triple plate). Don't be scared by people trying
to put you off. It's not rocket science. ;o)
-Roman

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2001\04\22@032227 by Tsvetan Usunov

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>Russell McMahon wrote:
>
>> > I've had a quick look on the web but only seemed to find either
commercial
>> > outfits offering proprietary chemical preparations, or unhelpful "old
>> > fogies" saying that the chemicals were far too dangerous to be
entrusted
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Roman,

I sincere hope you didn't done the crome plating home.
The Crome salts are very dangerous for human health as they are
cancerogene!
The wasted chemicals after the plating are subject to special treatment.
Again my advice is NEVER DO THIS IN HOME!

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2001\04\22@054738 by Jinx

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> I don't know about "too dangerous", i used to do a
> lot for fun as a kid. I think most of my family
> members had copper plated keys and doodads! :o)
>
> Copper plating is very easy, just get some copper
> sulphate crystals from the pharmacist, and a plastic
> constainer. Using a variable power supply you can
> plate copper from one electrode to the other.

In electronic terms you could consider this the battery-
and-light-bulb end of things. Getting professional results
requires some complex solutions, involving metallurgy,
electro-chemistry and a witches brew of acids, cyanides,
hydroxides, sulphates and so on. Just as an electronic
circuit builds up, so chemicals are added - one to stop
this happening, another to stop that happening, another
to make it all happen faster. A real mix of art and science
analogous to designing a circuit which, in a way, an EP
bath is. Perhaps the only big difference is that in an
electronic circuit you're directing electrons, in EP you're
directing atoms

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2001\04\22@104559 by Roman Black

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Tsvetan Usunov wrote:

> I sincere hope you didn't done the crome plating home.
> The Crome salts are very dangerous for human health as they are
> cancerogene!
> The wasted chemicals after the plating are subject to special treatment.
> Again my advice is NEVER DO THIS IN HOME!


No, only the copper plating was done at home.
And I believe I saw it on a kid's science show
of things you could do at home, that's when
I started doing it. :o)
-Roman

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2001\04\22@143417 by Dale Botkin

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I remember back inthe early 70's we had an electroplating kit.  There were
screw-in containers with the solutions for plating silver, copper, nickel
(I think) and gold.  The whole thing worked on a couple of D cells.  Slow
as heck, but it did work, I was the only Boy Scout in my troop with a
gold-plated blade on my official Scout pocket knife.

I'm sure the electrolyte solutions were poisonous, but I know for fact
they weren't deadly skin-eating perils to life and limb.  This was sold
commercially as a craft-type kit, much like the woodburning kits.

Dale

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2001\04\22@171021 by Alexandre Domingos F. Souza

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>I remember back inthe early 70's we had an electroplating kit.  There were
>screw-in containers with the solutions for plating silver, copper, nickel
>(I think) and gold.  The whole thing worked on a couple of D cells.  Slow
>as heck, but it did work, I was the only Boy Scout in my troop with a
>gold-plated blade on my official Scout pocket knife.
>I'm sure the electrolyte solutions were poisonous, but I know for fact
>they weren't deadly skin-eating perils to life and limb.  This was sold
>commercially as a craft-type kit, much like the woodburning kits.

       Any college science book explains how to do it!

       Solution: Chrome nitrate
       Cathode - something cromed (!)
       Anode - your thing to be chromed
       Voltage/tension: I used a 12VCC PSU with amperage control

       Here you have your home-chrome-plater! :oD

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2001\04\22@172515 by Alexandre Domingos F. Souza

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>Copper plating is very easy, just get some copper
>sulphate crystals from the pharmacist, and a plastic
>constainer. Using a variable power supply you can
>plate copper from one electrode to the other.

       I was directing this reply directly to Roman, but I think it's of some interest to the list...

       Ok. If I use copper suplhate, I can apply a nice coat of copper in my keys...But think, if I drill my PC Board completely, and use both sides as anode/cathode of the "circuit", maybe there will be a growing of copper inside the holes of my PC Board??? Will I get the so dreamed metalization of the drillings of my PC board??????????????????????? :oDDD

       Hmmm, I think I gotta get copper sulphate tomorrow... :oD

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2001\04\23@040907 by Tsvetan Usunov

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>        I was directing this reply directly to Roman, but I think it's of
some interest to the list...
>
>        Ok. If I use copper suplhate, I can apply a nice coat of copper in
my keys...But think, if I drill my PC Board completely, and use both sides
as >anode/cathode of the "circuit", maybe there will be a growing of copper
inside the holes of my PC Board??? Will I get the so dreamed metalization of
the drillings >of my PC board??????????????????????? :oDDD
>
>        Hmmm, I think I gotta get copper sulphate tomorrow... :oD

Don't waste your time, the copper will plate only the conductive surfaces.
The pcb holes are not conductive.

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2001\04\23@193354 by Peter L. Peres

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> and-light-bulb end of things. Getting professional results
> requires some complex solutions, involving metallurgy,
> electro-chemistry and a witches brew of acids, cyanides,
> hydroxides, sulphates and so on. Just as an electronic

Correct, and one way to get them is to buy a set of chemicals ready made
(powder + liquids + instructions), at least until some experience is
gained. Re-inventing the wheel is for real chemists (the kind who enjoy
cleaning the black goo that shouldn't be there and doesn't come off with
anything when finished). ;-)

Peter

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