The High Speed Gold Tank Plating Kit is based around our High Speed Gold Tank Plating Solution which plates at rates above 0.3 micron-per-minute, twice the rate of our standard gold tank plating solution. The shade of gold plated is slightly less yellow than our standard solution. Because the kit replaces the Hotplate Stirrer with the Magnetic Stirrer, plating should be carried out in an ambient temperature of 18 – 25 °C
This is the 250ml version of the plating kit and this kit comes in 500ml, 1 and 2 litre versions. Links to these kits can be found in the ‘Related Products’ section below.
|Current can be set at start of plating process and will remain set at that level throughout
||No need to check and adjust the setting once plating has started.
|Can be adjusted for use with brush plating
||Allows you to use the brush plating process as a compliment to the tank plating process, which allows for greater flexibility. For guidance on setting it up for pen or brush plating, please click HERE
|Stepped voltage controlled via a selector switch enabling a range from 3 up to 12 volts. Maximum current is 3.0 amps.
||Perfect for small, one-off silver and gold plating jobs. Not suitable for tank/beaker plating
|Fully electrically grounded
||No ‘touch shock’ when using in countries outside the EU or North America.
Glass Plating Beaker
Comes in 250ml, 500ml and
1litre sizes. With the Mesh Electrodes inserted, the internal dimensions of each size beaker are as follows; 250ml; Height – 7cm, Diameter – 6cm 500ml; H – 10cm, D; 8cm 1Lt; H;13cm, D;8cmPlate different sized objects individually or in small batches, from rings to trophies.
Mesh ElectrodeMagnetic Stirrer
|Made of pyrex glass
- Items being plated can be seen throughout plating process.
- No staining from plating solution over time.
|Made from MMO
(mixed metal oxides)
- Unlike others made of stainless steel, will not contaminate gold plating solution
- Cheaper alternative to platinized titanium
|Low voltage solid-state mechanism.
||Safe in the event of major spillage.
||Minimises tide marks especially when plating flat objects.
||Minimises the chance of beaker falling off and spilling its contents.
|Solution is agitated with a magnetic stirrer at the bottom of the beaker during plating.
||Mechanical agitation is a safer alternative to air agitation, as it eradicates any risk of the aerosol effect of the plating solution.Mechanical agitation keeps the tank plating solution moving over the surface of the item being plated in a consistent way, again maximising the efficiency of the plating process.
Avoids unnecessary oxidisation of the metal plating solution that air agitation will cause.
|Slip proof stand.
||Minimises the chance of beaker falling off and spilling its contents.
|Made from chemically resistant materials.
||Particularly useful in corrosive atmospheres such as fume cabinets.
|No moving parts (solid state).
||Ensures long life.
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.
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.
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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