This gold brush plating budget kit includes just the essentials for gold and silver plating on most metal surfaces. Included is our Gold Plating Solution for brush plating which contains 8 grams of pure 24 carat gold per litre. For more options similar to this kit, please see the ‘Related Products’ section below.
Gold Brush Plating Budget Kit
You can purchase this kit as it is or if you wish, you can use it as a guide to put together your own bespoke kit. Click on the items in the list to see detailed product information.
£234.51 + VAT
Gold plating a stainless steel mobile phone cover with our gold brush plating budget kit. To find out more about gold brush plating, please see our manual HERE for guidance. This kit (or any of our other kits, equipment or solutions) is not suitable for plating on to aluminium or titanium and therefore can’t be used to plate iPhones and other similar products.
Silver plating small antiques with the Gold Brush Plating Budget Kit. See here how it’s done in our electroplating manual.
This gold plating kit for budget brush plating contains;
|Key Kit Contents||Features||Example uses|
|Economy Rectifier||Some variability of voltage via a selector switch, from 3 up to 12 volts. Maximum current = 1.5 amps||Silver plating small antiques, chrome stripping and gold plating eg. car accessories. NB – can’t be used for chrome plating|
|Gold & Silver Plating Solution||Gold content – 8 grams per litre. Silver – cyanide free, 25 grams of pure silver per litre. Both solutions unique to Spa Plating||Decorative and functional eg. mobile phones and electrical connectors|
|Carbon and Platinum electrodes||Carbon electrode – low cost, ideal for rose gold plating and chrome stripping, will deteriorate with continued use. Platinum; ideal for gold and silver plating, will not deteriorate with use.||Domestic interiors, scientific and medical applications, musical instrument renovation|
|Made from materials best suited to brush plating – manufacture and design exclusive to Spa Plating||Holds just the right amount of plating solution, which reduces wastage and saves time|
|Hard wearing yet soft and absorbent – very economical||Each swab can be re-used many times – just rinse thoroughly between plating stages. Can be used with most of our plating solutions apart from rhodium and platinum, which need our S-Type Swabs|
Cleaning and finishing compounds
|MPU||One stage cleaning and activating product
Can be used during the plating process without having to re-electroclean and activate
|For cleaning and activating in one stage, can replace the ActiClean stage – saves time and moneyClearing burns or other marks produced during plating – all you have to do is rinse and carry on plating|
|MetaSeal||Non-abrasiveSpecial formulation||Bringing out the final lustre of your work and cuts out the hard work associated with final finishingSeals in the shine and slows tarnishing|
|Creates a gel when mixed with our plating solutions||Resulting gel helps prevent the plating solution running off the work. This is particularly useful when you are working in-situ, for example plating bathroom taps or an architectural feature of a building, where it is impossible to catch the run-off in the normal drip trays|
|Greatly increases surface contact and therefore conductivity with work||Significantly increases plating speeds|
|Eliminates making burn marks and scratches caused by using crocodile clip by itself||Making contact with work on any part of surface you’re plating – whether visible or not|
|Gentle way of making electrical contact with surface of your work||Essential for plating on Conductive Ink (hi-grade) – doesn’t damage its delicate surface|
There are three stages to successful Brush plating;
1. Surface Preparation
1. Surface Preparation
The more attention you pay to preparing your surface at the start, the better your end result will be. This first stage can be broken down into three possible further stages; polishing, cleaning and activation. It’s unlikely you’ll have to do all three, it just depends on the type and condition of the surface you’re plating.
Plating can’t hide deep scratches, so for a scratch free finish, make sure you polish these out before you start. If the scratches aren’t very deep then you can do this by hand, using our Hand Polishing Kit. If the scratches are quite deep then you’ll probably need to use a polishing machine. You can buy the polishing compounds for this on our online shop – just follow this link HERE.If you are lucky, your work won’t need polishing at all, and you can go straight ahead with the next mini stage which is…
We recommend cleaning your surface with our MPU. This cleans, polishes and activates all in one, so in many situations, this may be the only preparation stage you need to do!
If you’re using our MPU, a separate powered activation stage may not be needed. However some surfaces, such as stainless steel, nickel and nickel containing alloys such as nickel silver can build an oxide layer that is most efficiently removed with a powered activation/cleaning stage using our ActiClean. If you are cleaning larger areas of other kinds of metal then using our Cleaner might be the best option.
This is the stage where you start using electricity from your rectifier to plate or strip your work. You can plate a wide range of metal finishes, both precious and base metals with the brush plating method. The metal finishes that are available for purchase through Spa Plating include gold, silver, palladium, platinum and rhodium and for the base metals copper, tin and nickel. We are constantly adding more plating solutions to this list as we invest further in research and development.
This stage may need to include stripping before plating if the item you wish to plate has been chrome plated, (for example a bath tap). This is because chrome cannot be plated on to and you’ll need to strip this off using our Safe-T-Strip before you go ahead and plate.
If you’re plating a number of different finishes, for example copper, nickel and gold, you’ll need to rinse the surface of your item thoroughly between layers to avoid cross contamination of plating solutions.
To work out how much plating solution you’ll need you will have to estimate the surface area of your work. The video on the right gives a demonstration of how this can be done.
This stage is quite simple and straightforward as it usually involves sealing the surface of your work with our Meataseal.
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.
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.
I have a saxophone that requires re-plating of the silver finish. Do you offer a brush kit suitable for this project?
Thank you for your enquiry.
If the silver finish is only worn in a few places, then you could touch it up with the Budget Kit, but it sounds like it needs complete re-plating by immersion in a silver plating bath.
It may therefore be the best idea to take it to a professional electroplating shop for silver plating.
Richard Palmer BSc(Chem.) MRSC