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.
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.
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 Features Used for
To use it for brush and pen plating, you’ll need to set a constant voltage – please follow the instructions for this laid out in our guide in our electroplating manual – click HERE for the link
All pen plating jobs – ideal for selective gold plating jewellery, electrical contacts, dental work
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
This rectifier can be used for tank, brush and pen plating. Here is a quick guide to setting it up for pen plating.
1. Your equipment
Setting up your MF Rectifier for pen plating is a straightforward process. Assemble your equipment as shown in the photo. For this demonstration, we’ll be using our plating pen.
2. Turning on your rectifier
Use the switch on the back of the rectifier to turn it on.
3. Attaching the leads
Fit the copper crocodile clip to the end of the black lead and plug the other end into the corresponding black socket on the front of the rectifier. Plug in the red lead into the corresponding red socket.
4. Amps and volts
Turn the amps dial anticlockwise to the stop (minimum) and the volts to the value required by the pen plating solution.
Note: Even though the amps dial is set to maximum, the amps meter will read ‘0.00’.
5. Open the circuit
Open the circuit (or turn the circuit off) by switching the Output switch so that the line is in the up position.
6. Set the voltage
Set the voltage to about 3.5
7. Connecting the black lead to the red lead
Using the crocodile clip on the end of the black lead, connect the black lead to the red lead.
8. Close the circuit
Close the circuit.
9. Adjusting the amps
Adjust the amps to about 0.4 to 0.5 amps.
Note: This stage sets the maximum amps to prevent damage to the work piece should the bare electrode accidentally contact the work piece directly
10. Open circuit
Open the circuit again.
11. Connecting the plating pen
Unclip the crocodile clip from the end of the red lead.
Connect the plating pen to the end of the red lead.
12. Selecting voltage
Select the correct voltage range for your plating solution. In this case the solution is our Gold Pen Plating Solution and the range is 4-5 volts.
13. Closing circuit for plating
Now close the circuit and you’re ready to start plating.
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‘Hard’ vs ‘Soft’ gold plating
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.
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.
Richard Palmer BSc(Chem.) MRSC