Our Black Nickel Tank Plating Solution plates a very black coating after 30 minutes.
As the black coating is very thin, we recommend that you apply a clear coat of lacquer after plating. This deepens its blackness and glossiness and increases its wear resistance and anti-corrosion properties.
If it’s not possible to lacquer, we recommend a rub with our MetaSeal.
The typical uses for a black coating like this include solar cells, bathroom fixtures and automotive parts.
For a full kit list for black nickel tank plating using our equipment, please click on the blue tab above marked ‘Examples’.
This is a chess piece made of zinc that was plated with our black nickel tank plating solution.
Here is a photo to show the best way of connecting up your equipment for black nickel tank plating. The following is a kit list;
1 Litre Black Nickel Tank Plating Solution
Plating Beaker x 2
Jig Holder x 2
Beaker Ring for 1 Litre Beaker
Stainless Steel Mesh Electrode 1 Litre (cleaning only)
Red Lead (1.5 metre)
Red Lead Medium (0.5 metre)
Long Life Black Lead Copper x 2
Copper Crocodile Clip x 2
Rinse Beaker 500ml x 3
All of this equipment can be bought on our shop.
For standard 0.6 micron coating
Operating Conditions and Deposit Data
0.02 micron per minute
0.5 – 0.6 micron (about 30 mins process time)
15 – 22 °C
5.0 – 5.8
Lightness (L*) of deposit
Nickel Rod Electrode (no anode bags)
520 – 550 Hv
Density of deposit
4.5 – 5.5 g/cm3
Very high stress
Special storage requirements
1 – 2 years
Health and Safety classification
Transport (UN number)
None: Not classified as dangerous for transport
To work out the amp setting for the MF Rectifier mrk 2, multiply the surface area of your work by the plating factor of the solution (0.0015).
Blackness reaches a maximum at approximately 0.5 microns.
Lower temperature favours blacker deposits.
The pH of the solution rises during plating and can be adjusted back down with Nickel
Use the the Nickel Tank Calculator page as a guide to how much adjuster to add.
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 £200
International orders usually 3-5 working days.
For all price quotations for deliveries, please add your items to our shopping cart. You will be able to see the shipping costs by clicking on the ‘Calculate shipping’ button in the cart and before checking out.
You can access our MSDS by scanning the QR code which is on our product bottles.
Here is a video to show you how;