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.
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
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.
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.
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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