Carbon Electrode

£7.93 + VAT

The Carbon Electrode is a cheaper alternative to our platinum electrodes. Although you can use the carbon electrode with all of our brush plating solutions, we definitely recommend you use it with our rose gold solution and ActiClean.
This carbon electrode can soak up and retain plating solution. Because of this you should keep it for that plating solution only and not use it for different plating solutions.
Please note that this electrode will cause your swab to blacken. However, this has no effect on the quality of the plate. The carbon electrode can easily snap, so try not to so press down hard on it.


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Features Used for
Doesn’t contaminate ActiClean Activating and electro-cleaning with our ActiClean
Its resistive properties help to heat the solution you’re plating with Chromium plating, which needs to be plated at 25 degrees celsius; its natural heating action helps to maintain the solution’s optimal temperature
Low cost Can be used for all plating processes but carbon electrodes deteriorate over a period of time and discolour swabs (discolouration does not affect the plating quality)

Choosing the right electrode for brush electroplating

Choosing the right electrode for the kind of brush plating you intend to do can help you saving money as well as achieve good plating results.
If you are silver brush plating using a silver electrode can help your silver brush plating solution last longer, as some of the silver in the electrode is used in the plating process, along with the silver in the silver brush plating solution.
We sell a large range of different electrodes in different sizes. Our Large and Extra Large Flat Electrodes are great for brush plating large, flat areas. They really speed up plating time and help you to ensure you're plating to a high standard.
The table below will help you to quickly decide which electrode to use for your selected plating job.

Electrode Picker

Plating Process 1st Choice of Electrode 2nd Choice of Electrode
Chrome Stripping Stainless Steel NA
ActiCleaning/Activating Carbon Platinum
Copper plating Copper Carbon
Black chrome Plating Carbon NA
Silver plating Silver Platinum/Carbon
Gold plating Platinum Carbon
Nickel plating Nickel Carbon
White palladium plating Platinum Carbon
Rose Gold Plating Carbon NA


  • When chrome stripping, only the stainless steel electrode should be used.
  • The carbon electrode can be used for a range of plating processes but it will wear out with use and discolour your swab (this hasn’t any effect on the quality of plate).
  • The platinum electrode plates to a very high standard and won’t wear down or discolour your swab.

Electrode Maintenance

You may find that with regular use and over an extended period of time, some dulling or staining may build up on your electrodes. To remove any marks that can’t be easily wiped off, connect the wand handle that has been fitted with a platinum electrode to the red lead and join a stainless steel electrode (with a swab) to the end of a black lead and brush at 5 to 7 volts with ActiClean. Carry on brushing until all marks have been removed.

NB Do not use any form of abrasive material to remove dull patches or staining, as this will damage the surface of your electrode and impair plating.

General guide;

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.

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