Aluminium requires a protective layer of zinc to be coated first before it can be electroplated.
Zincate Dip (UK and EU only)
£8.85 – £47.50 + VAT
Zincate dip is produces a dense, continuous immersion layer of zinc on aluminium which can be subsequently plated by other metals, the best method is to tank plate copper (Copper Strike Tank Plating Solution or directly with nickel (Nickel Tank Plating Solution).
We recommend, if copper plating, to plate for approximately 5 minutes with Copper Strike then transfer to our copper electroforming solution to build up a thicker layer if required.
It is possible to brush plate small, non-complex zincated aluminium articles for functional purposes such as electrical contacts. We recommend thickening the solution first with Thickener before starting plating. We do not recommend the brush plating process is used for decorative items such as mobile phones.
Adhesion can be improved by stripping the zincated layer off in ActiClean then re-zincating. Please refer to Tech Specs for more information.
Operating Conditions and Deposit Data
|Temperature||18 – 25 °C|
|Immersion time||30 seconds to 2 minutes (see notes)|
|Thickness of zinc film||0.1 – 0.2 microns|
|Agitation||Occasional work movement.|
|Appearance of deposit||Grey continuous layer|
|Special storage requirements||Away from strong acids|
|Shelf life||1 – 2 years|
|Health and Safety classification||Irritant|
|Transport (UN number)||1824|
- The article should be dipped until a contiuous grey film appears.
- If left in the solution too long, the adhesion of the zinc film is reduced leading to
blistering and in extreme cases, lifting of the plating.
- To strip the zincated layer, dip in ActiClean for 10 minutes. Please note that once
the ActiClean has been used for stripping, it cannot be used for any other process.
Certain small items, for example Swabs, Nibs and Plating Pens can be sent by normal post within the UK
- The courier option for UK deliveries is FedEx
- Free UK mainland delivery available on orders over £100
- International orders usually 3-5 working days.
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