Our Conductive Paint has been developed specifically for our electroforming process. It can simply be painted onto the item you wish to electroform, and if the item is non-absorbent (for example if it’s made of plastic or shell), it doesn’t need a key layer of our Dipping Lacquer. Shake the bottle until you hear the metal ball rattle.
This Conductive Paint is best suited for tank electroforming.
This item cannot be purchased and shipped outside the UK and the EU because it’s part of our range of items which are regulated for transport. Our Conductive Ink (hi-grade) may be a suitable substitute and the ink to this product can be found in the ‘Related Products’ below.
HS Code: 3824 99 70
Our Conductive Paint is ideal for electroforming small, one-off items. You don’t even have to apply a previous key layer of either our Dipping Lacquer or Glass Primer if the item you are electroforming is non-absorbent. This makes it a great choice for selective electroforming on things such as shells or plastic items, as there’s no need for tricky masking out jobs – you simply apply the Conductive Paint just in the places you want the electroforming to take place.
If the item you wish to electroform is made of an absorbent material such as wood or a leaf, you’ll need to apply our Dipping Lacquer first.
Included in the 7g bottle is a very handy brush which doesn’t need cleaning after use, as it goes back in the bottle.
Conductive Paint is an easily applied paint which produces conductive films on non-conductive surfaces. Low temperature curing permits use on temperature sensitive and other delicate materials, i.e. paper, plastics, wax mandrels, natural products such as flowers, leaves, etc.
A suspension of finely divided silver in a thermoplastic vehicle. It must be thoroughly mixed before use, and shaken or stirred regularly during use to avoid settlement of the silver powder.
Conductive Paint can be applied by hand brushing, or by dipping or spraying.
For spraying, thinning to a suitable viscosity is usually necessary, using Thinners for Conductive Paint. This solvent can also be used to clean brushes and equipment. Cellulose thinners can also be used for cleaning brushes and equipment, but is not recommended for dilution of the paint.
Observe appropriate precautions for handling flammable liquids.
It will dry very quickly in air but to ensure complete removal of solvent before plating, it is advisable to dry for 30 minutes at 60 – 80°C or 60 minutes at ambient temperature (20 – 25°C).
It is possible to apply several coats to a figure or mandrel to produce a thicker, more conductive silver layer before electroplating. On wax or silicone rubber moulds, ensure the contact wires are firmly held in place, and the Conductive Paint is also applied to the contact wires for continuity of circuit. Thorough curing between applications is essential to minimise running. Wax moulds should be washed carefully in dilute neutral detergent and dried thoroughly before applying Conductive Paint, to remove debris and oily patches.
A nominal value of 1 ohm per square, where the actual value depends on film thickness and uniformity.
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