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CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 7th, 2012 9:27 pm
by vito
Does anyone have any experiance doing this? Any recommendations?

I've got some free time on my hands now. :D

Cheers

Vito

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Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 10th, 2012 10:43 am
by MaineVette
Do you mean the actual plating process, or using the rattle can stuff?

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 10th, 2012 6:32 pm
by vito
I was thinking of buy a kit and actually plating stuff my self. I found this a while ago. But like anything, it probably takes practice and time. of which I have time. :D

http://www.caswellplating.com/electropl ... -kits.html

I was thinking of plating some items in the engine bay and headlight parts. Problem is getting this to Japan.

I haven't seen too many kits available. Just looking for recommendation from experienced mechanics.

Cheers

Vito

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 10th, 2012 8:00 pm
by MaineVette
That seems like an interesting kit. I wonder if it would work as advertised - haven't ever tried to do any plating at home.

As for real CAD plating that's pretty much out of the question at home - way too toxic. However, I've heard of people doing their own zinc plating at home using homemade rigs. It's actually not too tough to do zinc plating, but the end result isn't always bright zinc. It tends to be more dull in appearance.

Let me know if you decide to try this. I'd be interested to hear how it worked out for you.

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 11th, 2012 6:35 pm
by vito
I think this is more of trial and error. different ambiant temperatures, solution temperatures volts/amps ect.

It should be interesting.

Cheers

Vito

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 16th, 2012 6:00 pm
by nomadhermet
The only zink plating i have seen done was for a WW2 training aircraft refurbish. I't seems that the company doing the plating waited till they collected enough material(jobs) to make it worth there while. I do remember that at the time it seemed like a lot of money.

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 17th, 2012 6:47 am
by a66toy
This link is for anodizing. With the chemicals involved, is it for me to do or should this be one of the things that should be sent out.



http://www.warpig.com/paintball/technical/anodize.shtml

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 17th, 2012 10:30 am
by MaineVette
I really want to try this to just see if I can do it. Turns out you can buy zinc ingots pretty cheap.

http://www.rotometals.com/product-p/zin ... 4Aod5h241A

I have some vacation coming up in July, I think I might give this a try. I have a few parts I can test this out on. I'll need to do a bit more research first though...

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 17th, 2012 10:44 am
by MaineVette
a66toy wrote:This link is for anodizing. With the chemicals involved, is it for me to do or should this be one of the things that should be sent out.



http://www.warpig.com/paintball/technical/anodize.shtml
My non-expert opinion is that this process sounds fairly safe as long as you handle the sulfuric acid properly. That stuff can be pretty nasty and can do real damage if you aren't careful. Also, once you're done you'll need to properly dispose of the sulfuric acid which can be a bit tricky. Here are two links that provide some recommendations on how to do this:

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/c ... m00693.htm
http://www.livoniafirefighters.com/docs ... Charts.pdf

This process sounds pretty easy and I wonder if it would actually work as intended. Whereas the dye is a waterborne product I wonder if the color would fade or wash away over time. Also, is it even possible to anodize steel? I thought it was a process used specifically on aluminum surfaces.

Re: CADMIUM & ZINC PLATING

Posted: Jun 17th, 2012 3:23 pm
by a66toy
MaineVette wrote:This process sounds pretty easy and I wonder if it would actually work as intended. Whereas the dye is a waterborne product I wonder if the color would fade or wash away over time. Also, is it even possible to anodize steel? I thought it was a process used specifically on aluminum surfaces.
I just looked it up, steel and stainless steel can not be anodized. The process baths used to anodize aluminum would attack and dissolve steel parts..... I learned something today.