Gold Tank Plating Kit – 500ml

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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.

£833.05 £774.05 + VAT

MF Rectifier

£124.16 + VAT

Economy Plating Rectifier

£42.87 + VAT

Gold Tank Plating Solution - 500ml 

500ml

Cleaner - 500ml 

500ml

MPU - 100ml 

100ml

MPU Fine - 100ml 

100ml

MetaSeal - 200g 

200g

Spa Plating Silver and Gold Cloth

£3.01 + VAT

Black Lead Short (0.25 metre) × 2

£4.04 + VAT / pc.

Red Lead Short (0.25 metre)

£4.21 + VAT

Red Lead (1.5 metre)

£4.63 + VAT

Crocodile Clip (long-life) × 5

£2.73 + VAT / pc.

Hotplate Stirrer

£189.62 + VAT

Palladium Plated Test Strip × 2

£4.89 + VAT / pc.

Stirring Bar - Medium 

Medium

Plating Beaker - 500ml 

500ml

Mesh Electrode - 500ml 

500ml

Stainless Mesh Electrode (For Cleaning Only) - 500ml 

500ml

Beaker Lid × 2 - 500ml 

500ml

Temperature Probe

£12.64 + VAT

Pipettes - Small 

Small

Pipettes - Medium 

Medium

Plating Timer

£15.31 + VAT

Plating Stand

£34.25 + VAT

Plating Arm and Boss × 2

£46.50 + VAT / pc.

Gold Plated Jigging Wire

£2.71 + VAT

Wire Cutters

£3.93 + VAT

Plastic Tweezers

£1.48 + VAT

Rinse Bottle

£6.96 + VAT

Rinse Beaker × 6 - 500ml 

500ml

Filter Papers (5 pack) - 500ml Paper 

500ml Paper

Funnel - 500ml Funnel 

500ml Funnel

Funnel Holder

£9.44 + VAT

Safety Glasses

£3.93 + VAT

Assorted Nitrile Gloves

£1.00 + VAT

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With this kit you’ll be able to accurately plate any thickness of gold you require from thin, decorative layers of 0.1 – 0.2 microns all the way up to thick layers of gold Vermeil standard (2.5 microns). Our Gold Plating Solution for tank plating contains 4 grams of pure gold per litre. It’s formulated specifically for tank plating and gives consistently bright results. A flexible gold tank plating kit for tank or immersion plating that puts you in complete control of the gold plating process.

This is the 500ml version of the plating kit which also comes in 250ml, 1 and 2 litre versions. Links to these kits can be found in the ‘Related Products’ section be

This sterling silver ring took 14 minutes to gold plate to vermeil standard (2.5 microns or 98.425 microinches) with our Gold Tank Plating kit. By using our Gold Tank Plating Calculator, which can be found by clicking HERE, we know how much gold we have plated onto the ring and how much gold is left in gold our solution. However, if we only wanted a thin, decorative layer of 0.1microns (3.93 microinches) we would only have needed to plate the ring for 33 seconds, according to the Gold Tank Plating Calculator. Please click HERE to read our gold tank plating a ring project in our Electroplating Manual.

Our Tank Plating Kit includes 250ml of our Gold Tank Plating Solution. It contains 4g of gold per litre and is specifically designed to work our tank plating kit. Our Hot Plate Stirrer both maintains the gold solution at an optimum temperature and gently agitates it by stirring it gently. This helps the gold tank plating solution to deposit a smooth, shiny layer of gold evenly and quickly over the surface of the item you’re plating. The mechanical agitation also avoids the health hazards associated with breathing in mists which are created by air agitation (with fish tank air pumps).

Our Mesh Electrodes fit snugly inside our Plating Beakers and completely surround the inside of the beaker, helping to ensure the plated layer is deposited evenly and quickly over the surface of the item you’re plating. Each Plating Beaker has a thermometer port attached to the outside so that the optimum temperature for the gold tank plating solution can be monitored and maintained, via the Hot Plate Stirrer. This also assures no risk of contamination from direct immersion of a thermometer into your gold solution. The Plating Beakers are made from heat resistant glass to avoid any possible contamination from leaching which could arise from the use of plastic plating beakers.

The Plating Stand, Arm and Boss allows you to position your work in the Plating Beakers at just the right height and means you can quickly move items in and out of the plating solution. It is also electrically connected to the rectifier as there is a negative port at the base of the stand where you plug in your black lead. This cuts down on trailing leads and helps to keep your work area tidy and well organised.

The jigging wire that comes with the kit is gold plated copper. The gold plate avoids contamination of your gold solution from the oxides that would build up from continued use of copper jigging wire.

All tank plating solutions need the occasional filter to keep them in good working order. Follow this link for our Filter Kit for our 250ml tanks

Deluxe Plating Rectifier
Features Benefits
Beaker/Brush switch This power source is designed to accommodate beaker as well as brush and pen plating. In Beaker position, volts can be adjusted from 0 – 4, to two decimal points – an essential level of control for high quality beaker plating.
Three red output ports When switched to brush mode, the two decimal point amp metre is essential for maximum control while pen and silver plating, ensuring a high quality finish
Strip and Plate switch, with flashing red light in Strip mode No need to swap over the red and black leads when chrome stripping – just flip the switch.The red warning light tells you if you’re still in strip mode, so you won’t run the risk of damaging your work by forgetting to switch back to plate mode
Reset button Should the safety mechanism cause the rectifier to short out, you’ll be able to easily reset it yourself

 

Hot Plate Stirrer
Features Benefits
Fully variable heat control Allows you to keep your gold plating solution at just the right temperature for optimum performance
Solution is agitated with a magnetic stirrer at the bottom of the beaker during plating. Mechanical agitation is a far safer alternative to air agitation which can produce fine mists of plating solution. Air agitation also increases the oxidative breakdown of the plating solution. Mechanical agitation keeps the gold plating solution moving over the surface of the item being plated, again maximising the efficiency of the plating process.
Glass tanks x 2
Features Benefits
Made of heat and
chemical resistant
glass
Items being plated can be seen throughout plating process.
Thermometer
attached to outside
wall of tanks
Allows you to conveniently monitor the temperature of your plating solution.
Options of 250ml,
500ml and 1litre
sizes available
You can plate a variety of different sized objects individually or in small batches
Mesh Electrodes x 2
Features Benefits
Made from MMO
(mixed metal oxides)
  • Cheaper alternative to platinized titanium
  • Unlike others on the market made of stainless steel, will not contaminate gold plating solution
Tank Plating Stand
Features Benefits
Made from stainless
steel
Non-corrodible and fully conductive
Height of clamp fully
adjustable
Can adjust height to accommodate small 250ml tanks up to and including 5 litre tanks
Pivot system for
holding work piece
Allows you to finely adjust the position of your work in the plating solution
Electrical connection
to work via negative
lead, plugged into
small socket at
base of stand
Avoids having to dangle work on negative lead, directly into tank

Gold tank plating a silver ring to vermeil standard

Our Gold Tank Plating Kit, when used with our on-line Gold Tank Plating Calculator, means you’re now in complete control of the gold plating process.
Plating to vermeil standard requires a layer of gold of at least 2.5 microns on sterling silver and our kit will help you plate to these kinds of specific and substantial thicknesses of gold.
You’ll not only be confident that the layer of gold you’ve plated is of a uniform thickness, you’ll also know how much gold is left in your remaining plating solution and therefore how long it will take to plate your next item to the same or a different specification.
Our kit also offers you the flexibility of plating larger objects in our 500ml, 1 and 2 litre capacity Plating Beakers.

1. Arranging your kit

Set up your Gold Tank Plating Kit as shown. To set up your equipment, please see our guide on rhodium tank plating for the instructions to do this.

2. Setting up the gold plating beaker

Once the plating beaker is filled with gold solution and is on the hot plate stirrer, grip one of the red leads to its mesh electrode.

Turn on the hot plate stirrer and place the magnetic stirrer bar in the gold plating solution. Set the hot plate stirrer bar speed to 1 and the heat setting to between 0 and 1. You are aiming to heat the gold plating solution to 25 to 30 degrees centigrade, so you will need to adjust these settings as you go, to maintain a constant temperature. Check the temperature of the solution with the Temperature Probe.

3. Setting up the cleaner beaker

The other red lead should grip on to the mesh electrode in the cleaner beaker.

4. Connecting the Plating Stand

The black lead should be plugged in to the base of the Plating Stand.

5. Connecting to the power source

The other ends of the red and black leads should be plugged in to the MF Rectifier.

6. Calculating plating and powered cleaning times

You’ll need to work out the surface area you’re plating and decide the thickness of plate you require.

In this case we’ll be plating gold onto a sterling silver ring to vermeil standard. This means we’ll be plating to a gold thickness of 2.5 microns. The surface area of the example ring worked out at 8 square centimetres.

Go to the Gold Tank Plating Calculator on the Gold Tank Plating Kit shop page and enter in the required data. Press the ‘Calculate’ button and take a note of the results.

Based on the above data, the amp setting on the MF Rectifier for gold plating will be 0.08 for just over 22.09 minutes and for the powered cleaning stage it’ll be 3 times the gold amps at 0.8 Set your Plating Timer for the gold plating time.

7. Preparing the surface of the ring for plating with MPU

First clean the ring with MPU using a soft tissue. Then make a small jig to hold the ring, using the Gold Plated Jigging Wire and the Wire Cutters.

8. Preparing the surface of the ring for plating with the Ultrasonic Cleaner

Hang the ring on its wire jig in the Ultrasonic Cleaner and turn it on – a couple of minutes should be enough.

8. 1st and 2nd of the 6 rinse stages

Briefly dip the ring into the first and second of the six rinse stages. The water you use can be ordinary tap water for 5 out of 6 of the rinse stages; we recommend for the last 6th stage that you use deionised

9. Powered cleaning 0.8 amps

The Gold Tank Plating Calculator has told us that the amp setting for the gold plating stage should be 0.08 amps. For the Cleaner stage, the amps on the MF Rectifier should now be set to 0.8

Leave the ring in the Cleaner for 2-5 minutes. Once it’s done, take the ring out of the Cleaner and pass it through rinse three and four of the six rinse stages.

10. Gold tank plating

Adjust the rectifier so that the amp reading is 0.08

Grip the wire jig (with the ring hanging from it) in the crocodile clip that’s fixed to the arm of the plating stand.

Make sure the Plating Timer is set to the right time (in this case 14.04 minutes) and start the timer as soon as you lower the ring into the plating solution.

11. Final rinse stages

After the plating has finished, take the ring out of the plating solution and pass it through the two remaining rinses.

We recommend that the last rinse should be deionised water.

12. Finishing with MetaSeal

The gold plated ring can now be finished with MetaSeal to bring out the lustre of the plate and help seal its surface.

14. Maintaining your tank plating solution

To maintan the plating solution in best working order, cover the beaker with cling film between uses. This will prevent dust and fine hairs getting in and reducing the eficiency of the solution. If you’re not going to be using the solution for more than three consequetive days it is best to re-bottle it.

At some point it’s also a good idea to filter your solution. Guidance on this can be found on the filter kit product page HERE.

Gold Tank Calculator

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