Using the Rhodium Tank Plating Starter kit
How to use the rhodium tank plating starter kit
Our streamlined version of our rhodium tank plating kit is designed for small, one-off rhodium tank plating jobs. It's ideal for occasional use, as it's compact, easy to set up and pack away. And of course, the shorter kit list means it's cheaper than the full kit. However, there's no compromise on quality and if you decide to upgrade later on, the items in the starter kit will integrate seamlessly with the complete kit.
This kit is designed to be used at room temperature. If your works pace is consistently below this, then it might be a good idea to use our full rhodium tank plating kit, which can be purchased from our online shop.
Please note: The Rectifier shown in this project has now been discontinued and replaced by the MF Rectifier Mk II.
1. Laying out your kit and working out the MF Rectifier settings with the help of our plating calculators.
Lay out your kit as shown in the photograph. Pour the cleaner into the first beaker and the rhodium tank plating solution into the last beaker. Fill the first rinse beaker with tap water and the second with deionised water. You should have four crocodile clips, one short red lead, one medium red lead and one black lead, along with a plating timer, our gold plated jigging wire, some wire clippers and a bottle of MPU Fine.
NB – make sure your MF Rectifier Mk II is plugged in but turned off at the back.
At this stage you’ll also need to work out the amp settings with the help of our Rhodium Tank Plating Calculator. Set the volts to 5. You’ll first need to work out the surface area of the item you want to plate and decide the thickness of plate you want to deposit. The ring we’re using to demonstrate with has a surface area of approximately 12 square centimetres. We decided on a thickness of rhodium plate of 0.2 microns with a plating time of approximately two minutes. The video opposite will help guide you in how to use our plating calculators.
2. Connecting the wires
Attach two stainless steel crocodile clips to both ends of medium red lead.
Attach one stainless steel crocodile clip to one end of black lead and the last remaining crocodile clip to one end of short red lead.
Attach with the crocodile clip one end of medium red lead to the mesh electrode on the rhodium beaker and other end to the mesh electrode on the cleaning beaker.
Attach with the crocodile clip one end of short red lead to the mesh electrode on the cleaning tank and plug the other end into red socket on the MF Rectifier.
Plug in one end of the black lead into the black socket on the MF Rectifier.
3. Set the amps and maximum voltage on the MF Rectifier Mk II
Click Here to find out how to set the amps and maximum voltage on the MF Rectifier Mk II.
For this project, the amp setting is 0.24 amp and maximum voltage is 5 volts.
4. Making a jig
Using the gold plated jigging wire and the wire cutters, fashion a jig for your work piece. Remove the black lead from the mesh electrode and grip the jig you’ve just made in the crocodile clip.
5. Preparing the work surface with MPU Fine
To ensure the surface of your work is ready for plating use some strong tissue to rub on a small amount of our MPU Fine. Rub off any excess.
6. Preparing the timer
Enter in the plating time that the rhodium tank plating calculator provided. For the purposes of this demonstration the time entered is 2 minutes to achieve a plating thickness of 0.2 microns of rhodium.
7. Powered cleaning
Immerse your work quickly into the cleaning beaker – do NOT place it in gradually. Bubbles should quickly appear on the work piece, showing that cleaning is taking place. Leave it in for about a minute.
8. The two rinse stages
Pass the work through to two rinse stages by dipping them in, one after the other.
9. Rhodium plating
Quickly immerse the work into the rhodium beaker and at the same time start the timer. Make sure the work is in the middle of the beaker and keep the work still – don’t move it about.
10. Post plate rinse
Pass the work through the two rinse stages again with the deionised water being the final rinse.
11. Finished piece
Your work is now rhodium plated using a process that’s quick, straightforward to use and takes up very little bench space.