This kit has been designed to apply a decorative brush-plated final coating of gold onto items such as wood and shell.
The finish is not limited to gold; as copper brush plating is one of the stages of the process, the item can be left as copper. Silver can be substituted as a final layer, which can be plated directly over the copper.
We highly recommend that Conductive Ink (hi-grade) is applied with an airbrush and therefore good airbrush skills are essential for a good brush plated finish.
Further information on the process and specifications is available by clicking on the various blue tabs in this tabbed panel.
When plating on non-conductive surfaces, one of the first stages is to apply a sealing/key layer of our sealing lacquer. This can either be our Dipping Lacquer or our Brush-on Lacquer.
In either case let the lacquer dry overnight for at least 12 hours.
2. Making the surface conductive
To make the surface of your piece of wood conductive, you will need to apply a thin but continuous layer of our Conductive Ink (hi-grade) with an airbrush. This is by far the most important part of the process and the one which requires good airbrushing skills.
Further information on the type of airbrush we use and its settings can be seen by clicking on the Tech Specs tab on the Gold Brush Plating on Wood product page.
For cure times of the conductive ink and detailed instructions for application, please read the information contained under the Tech Specs tab on the Conductive Ink (hi-grade) product page.
Piece of wood with layer of conductive ink applied
4. Plating the barrier layer in preparation for gold plating
If you intend to finish with a layer of our gold brush plating solution, then you will need to plate a barrier layer, so that the gold doesn’t diffuse back into the copper. We recommend using our cobalt brush plating solution to achieve this as it plates fast and is hard wearing.
Again, you’ll need a carbon electrode and a short extra fluffy swab.
If you don’t intend to plate a layer of gold and instead want to plate a layer of our silver brush plating solution, then you don’t need a barrier layer and can go straight ahead with the silver.
Type of airbrush used: Harder & Steenbeck Ultra 2 in 1 Airbrush
Certain small items, for example Swabs, Nibs and Plating Pens can be sent by normal post within the UK
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International orders usually 3-5 working days.
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Airbrush on a thin but continuous layer of Conductive Ink (hi-grade) – see note 2 below. This is by far the most important part of the process and the one which requires good airbrushing skills.
Further information on the type of airbrush we use and its settings can be seen by clicking on the Tech Specs tab.
For cure times, please read the information contained under the Tech Specs tab on the Conductive Ink (hi-grade) product page.
Plate with our PP Copper Brush Plating Solution. Use one of our conductor strips to make contact with the work piece. Be careful not to press the conductor strip too hard on the work piece, as this may damage the very thin conductive film and lead to un-plated areas. Use a range of 4- 5 volts. A higher voltage means increased plating speeds.
If you don’t intend to plate a layer of gold and wish to stay with a layer of copper or to plate a layer of silver, you won’t need to plate a barrier layer.
Plate the gold layer.
Applying more coats of lacquer will make the article more glossy but also result in a loss of definition of fine details such as the grain in wood.
Applying a layer of conductive ink which is too thick may result in loss of conductivity. The best conductive surfaces are produced by thin layers. If a second layer is deemed necessary, the first coat of ink should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours.