Gold Pen Plating 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.

£325.40 + VAT

MF Rectifier Mrk2

£141.56 + VAT

Gold Pen Plating Solution - 25ml 

25ml

Silver Pen Plating Solution - 25ml 

25ml

MPU Fine - 100ml 

100ml

MetaSeal - 100g 

100g

Spa Plating Silver and Gold Cloth

£3.01 + VAT

Plating Pen

£78.16 + VAT

Nibs for Plating Pen (Pack of 20 Mixed Nibs)

£4.58 + VAT

Fibre Nib

£1.38 + VAT

Fine Fibre Nib

£1.58 + VAT

Red Lead (1.5 metre)

£4.63 + VAT

Black Lead (1.5 metre)

£8.84 + VAT

Copper Crocodile Clip

£4.98 + VAT

Beakers × 2 - Small 

Small

Rinse Bottle

£6.96 + VAT

Pipettes × 2 - Small 

Small

Safety Glasses

£3.93 + VAT

Assorted Nitrile Gloves

£1.00 + VAT

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This gold pen plating kit includes just the essential items you need to make a start with pen plating. Our Gold Pen Plating Solution is developed in-house and contains 12 grams of gold per litre.

Ideal for all pen plating jobs such as selective gold plating jewellery, electrical contacts, dental work.

Not suitable for plating on non-conductive surfaces.

For further products related to this gold pen plating kit, please see below in our “Related Products’ section.

The gold pen plating kit is built around our MF Rectifier Mrk 2. This is a multi-function rectifier and so can be used for brush and tank as well as pen plating. For a guide on how to set up your MF Rectifier for pen plating,please click HERE.

Our Gold Pen Plating Kit is ideal for small gold and silver plating jobs on jewellery. We’ve included two of our fibre nibs as well, for rhodium pen plating  and gold pen plating on to difficult to place alloys such as chrome, surgical steel and dental alloys using our Gold Strike Pen. You can see a guide HERE in our Electroplating Manual on pen plating. 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.

The plating pen features a removable and exchangeable platinum electrode. This allows you to properly clean your plating pen after use and before storage. It also delivers the flexibility to choose between our range of pen electrodes in silver, copper, nickel and carbon, matching it according to the solution you’re intending to use.

Our Pen Plating Clip Tray connects to the MF Rectifier and frees up one of your hands for presicion pen plating. It also catches any run off from your pen plating solution, allowing you to use these drips again on your plating job. Full details of the clip tray can be seen HERE.

To clean your Fibre Nib, simply hold it under running water for a minute or so.

A note on our kits;

Every item in our electroplating kits

makes an important contribution to the overall success of the plating process
has been thoroughly tested to ensure it performs its job at the highest level in the overall electroplating process
is either made in-house or has been carefully sourced from our trusted suppliers

These factors ensure consistent, top quality plating results for a fair price.
Key Kit Contents
MF Rectifier Mrk 2
To use this power source for pen plating, please follow the instructions for this laid out in our guide in our electroplating manual – click HERE for the link.

1x Plating Pen Design and manufacture unique to Spa Plating with a removable and exchangeable electrode Gold silver and pen plating on a variety of small metal surfaces
MPU Fine No need for a separate activation – just give the surface of you work a thorough clean with MPU Fine and start plating Preparing the full range of metal surfaces for plating

Gold Pen Plating Solution 12 grams of gold per litre; concentrated formulation for efficient gold pen plating. Quickly building a hard wearing layer of 24 carat gold for decorative and functional applications. Good for selective gold plating of jewellery and PCBs
Silver Pen Plating Solution 75 grams of pure silver per litre; highly concentrated, so quickly builds a thick layer in excess of 5 microns, without having to continually replenish the pen Many applications such as covering fire stain and solder joints and plating electrical contacts
Fibre Nib x1, Fine Fibre Nib x1 Specially shaped to fit our pens to improve electrical contact and therefore, functionality. Can be used multiple times – just rinse well in running water when changing to a different plating solution. Rhodium pen plating claws on diamond set rings
Copper crocodile clip Jaws made of pure copper Makes excellent electrical contact and reduces the risk of scratching on highly polished surfaces

How to set up your MF Rectifier Mrk2 for the Spa Plating pen plating process

To get started;
1. Place the rectifier on a firm surface.
2. Ensure the on/off switch at the rear of the rectifier is in the "O" position.
3. Connect the mains socket to an earthed mains socket using the mains cable included.

1. Switch on your rectifier

Switch the rectifier on using the on/off switch at the rear of the rectifier. The switch should now be in the “I” position.

2. The "16v/5A" button

Press and hold the “16v/5A” button until it starts flashing.

3. Setting the current (amps)

Set the current (amps) using the “CURR” dial to anywhere between 1.00 amps and 1.20 amps.

4. Setting the volts

Set the voltage using the “VOLTS” dial to that quoted on your bottle of Spa Plating pen plating solution.

5. Starting the pen plating process

When you are ready to start plating, press the “OUTPUT ON” button which will change from white to green to show the plating tank is powered. The “16v/5A” button will stop flashing.

6. Stopping the pen plating process

When the pen plating process is complete, press the “OUTPUT ON” button which will change from green back to white to show the pen plating circuit is powered off.

Please note that the current (amps) can be very low in the case of pen plating and may be so low (lower than 0.01 amp) that the current (amps) doesn’t register a current flowing – the display atill shows 0.00 amps.
In this case, the only way to check the circuit, is if plating is actually taking place.

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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 £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.

Plating Durability

‘Hard’ vs ‘Soft’ gold plating

Q

Hello, can you advise me re durability of plating types. I have a battery pen plater and it’s great for detail on jewellery and I apply to vermeil standard but another jeweller said pen plater plating is not as durable/is softer than tank plating. Can you confirm if this is the case so I know which direction to go with my new kit.

A

Thank you for your enquiry.

The type of plating solutions we sell are hardened but then saying that, they are still quite soft when compared to other metals like copper and brass.

For any given thickness, pen plating is just as durable as tank-plated gold. The important thing is the thickness.  Thick deposits can be built up with both pen and brush plating, but it may take a lot longer depending on the surface area and shape of the article you are plating.

It is possible, using our online calculators, to estimate how long it would take to pen plate Vermeil gold (2.5 microns). Once you have established the surface area of your work piece and knowing the thickness (2.5 microns) it is possible to input these into the calculator and get an estimate of time plated.

I have just done this for a ring of surface area 8 square centimetres and the time to pen plate it to Vermeil standard is 95 minutes (just over one and a half hours), while the time to tank plating it is 22 minutes.

So if you’re going for Vermeil-standard work, it may be the best idea to look at out tank/beaker plating kits.

Kind regards

Richard Palmer BSc(Chem.) MRSC

Director