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Offline Rico_invents

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DIY nickel plating solutions
« on: July 13, 2020, 11:23:22 PM »
I am experimenting with nickel salts and plating solutions using easy to obtain acids.

I can’t seem to figure out what my solution of nickel and malic acid is producing.

Offline Enthalpy

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Re: DIY nickel plating solutions
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2020, 08:15:48 AM »
Electroplating needs very long experimentation before you get decent results, especially for the adhesion of the deposited layer on the base materials, also for the smoothness of the deposited layer. It's a good start to stick to working recipes.

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Re: DIY nickel plating solutions
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2020, 11:56:05 AM »
To be successful at plating you have to keep track of 4 important things: Surface prep, Surface prep, Surface prep and everything else.
If you have too high of current density or too low Nickel concentration you will have electrolysis taking place in the bath, resulting in formation and deposit of NiOH instead of pure nickel metal. This will show as dull deposit.

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