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Rhodium Tank Plating Kit – 1 Litre (UK and EU only)
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.
The Rhodium Tank Plating Kit – 1 Litre is ideal for plating high quality, bright white layers of rhodium plate on white gold wedding rings.. The price of this kit includes 1 Litre of our Rhodium Tank Plating Solution.
Flexibility; you can scale the volume of your kit up or down by swapping in different volumes of our plating beakers. You can also switch between our different plating solutions, as the Spa Plating tank plating process is very similar across all of our tanks plating solutions.
To see these flexible options, please scroll down the the ‘Related Products’ section below.
Orders outside UK and EU
This kit cannot be purchased and shipped outside the UK and the EU because it includes our Rhodium Tank Plating Solution, one of our range of plating solutions that are regulated for transport.
If you are outside the UK and the EU then you should consider purchasing our Palladium Tank Plating Kit instead, as palladium is a good alternative to rhodium. Please see the ‘Related Products’ section below this tabbed panel for the relevant product links.
Our Rhodium Plating Kit for tank plating means you can reliably plate rhodium to specific thicknesses, giving you complete quality control over your own rhodium plating. Our Rhodium Plating Solution for tank plating contains 3g of rhodium per litre. To see a project showing how to rhodium tank plate a wedding ring, please click HERE for our Electroplating Manual. 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 rhodium plating kit is built around our MF Rectifier Mrk2. It allows you to set the amps before you start plating so that when your work goes in to the plating solution, the plating process starts immediately, rather than you having to turn on the power and then adjust the rectifier to the correct settings. The kit also includes our Economy Plating Rectifier which provides the powered cleaning stage and the Hot Plate Stirrer which keeps the rhodium solution correctly heated and agitated. The Plating Stand, Arm and Boss allow you to easily immerse and retrieve your work from the cleaner and rhodium plating solution. The mesh electrodes completely surround the inside of the plating beakers which means your piece is evenly and speedily rhodium plated. The rinse beakers ensure you don’t cross contaminate your solutions with one another or any other cleaning compounds. All of these important features ensure you get consistent, top quality rhodium plating results.
All tank plating solutions need the occasional filter to keep them in good working order and this kit includes one of filter kits to keep your solution working at its optimum level.
In between uses of your rhodium tank plating solution, it’s a good idea to cover your solution with cling film to stop particles of duct and hair getting in as this will over time shorten the life of your solution. It will also reduce the frequency of having to filter your solution.
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.
Our Rhodium Plating Kit includes;
Current can be set at start of tank plating process and will remain set at that level throughout
No need to check and adjust the setting once the plating process has started, leaving you confident that plating is taking place at a constant level.
Amp meter readable to 2 decimal places
Amp meter readable to 2 decimal places
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.
Economy Plating Rectifier
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 pen and brush silver and gold plating jobs. Suitable only for the cleaning stage, not the plating stage when tank/beaker plating.
Fully electrically grounded
No ‘touch shock’ when using in countries outside the EU or North America.
Hot Plate Stirrer
Fully variable heat control
Allows you to keep your rhodium tank plating plating solution at just the right temperature for optimum performance
Rhodium plating 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 rhodium tank plating solution. Mechanical agitation keeps the plating solution moving over the surface of the item being plated in a consistent way, again maximising the efficiency of the tank plating process. Mechanical agitation avoids unnecessary oxidisation of the metal plating solution that air agitation will cause.
Temperature of solutions can be monitored by pointing the probe at the tank, pulling the trigger with the temperature shown on the LED screen.
The temperature of your plating solution can be quickly and accurately monitored without you having to submerge a thermometer into the solution, avoiding contamination of your plating solution.
Made of pyrex glass
Items being plated can be seen throughout plating process.
No staining from rhodium plating solution over time.
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;8cm
Rhodium tank plate different sized objects individually or in small batches, from rings to trophies.
Made from MMO (mixed metal oxides)
Unlike others made of stainless steel, will not contaminate rhodium plating solution
Cheaper alternative to platinized titanium
Made from stainless steel
Fully conductive – negative lead connects directly to work through stand, which cuts out need for another trailing wire.
Designed to be used with our Plating Arm and Clamp (sold separately)
Allows for complete flexibility – you can adjust height to of arms to accommodate small 250ml rhodium plating tanks up to and including 5 litre tanks
Electrical connection to work via negative lead, plugged into small socket at base of stand
Again avoids having to dangle work on negative lead directly into rhodium plating tank
Made bespoke from solid stainless steel and designed to be used in conjunction with the Plating Arm Clamp
Fully conductive. Will not corrode and contaminate rhodium tank plating solution. When used with clamp, can be moved up or down the stand in any position to fit any size of plating beaker.
Has ball head join point at one end to accommodate crocodile clip
Ball head allows complete 360 degree movement of crocodile clip, so you can quickly and easily make fine adjustments to the position of you work in the rhodium tank plating solution.
Made in-house from non-corrosive stainless steel
Will not corrode over time and risk contamination of rhodium tank plating solution
Precision made from solid stainless steel to fit our Plating Stand perfectly, with wing screw for easy tightening
Means that you can fully adjust the height of the arm and it will be held firmly and safely in any position on the stand.
Gold Plated Jigging Wire
No risk of contamination of plating solution during plating
Easy to bend by hand
You’ll be able to shape a jig easily for complexly shaped items or a number of smaller items.
Magnetic Stirring Bar
Magnetised stirrer bar, encased in plastic and to be used with our Hot Plate Stirrer
Helps agitate the rhodium tank plating solution during plating, ensuring optimum performance of solution.
Spring action double bladed cutters
Sits comfortably in the hand and small enough for delicate work.
All tank plating solutions occasionally need filtering to remove particles that build up over time. Our filtering kit makes the process of keeping your tank plating solution in tip top condition easy to set up and mess free. Added to this, regular filtering can help you save money by extending the working life of your tank plating solution.
Fast efficient electro-cleaner that doesn’t damage the surface you’re plating
Doesn’t attack paint, so safe to use on partially painted surfaces such as car badges
Cleans and reduces oxide layer before activation
Removes tarnish from silver and oxide coating from copper and brass, when used at 10-12 volts
A guide for choosing the right sized beaker for the size of the work you want to plate.
Maximum Working Internal Dimensions of Plating Beakers
* You need to leave a 10mm gap between the outer edge of the work piece and the Mesh, whatever the size of beaker you are using.
** Working height allowing 10mm gap from bottom of beaker
For example, if you are using the 250ml plating beaker your work piece can’t at any point in its width, exceed 44mm and can’t at any point be longer than 70mm.
A key feature of our kits is the flexibility to be customise them by removing items you don’t need or adding extra items from our product range. For example, you may already own a hot plate stirrer, or you may want to you downsize or upsize the plating beaker according to the dimensions of the items you wish to plate. The table below will help you do this.
250ml Plating Beaker
500ml Plating Beaker
1 Litre Plating Beaker
2 Litre Plating Beaker
Mesh Electrode for 250ml Beaker
Mesh Electrode for 500ml Beaker
Mesh Electrode for 1 Litre Beaker
Mesh Electrode for 2 Litre Beaker
Stirring Bar (Mini)
Stirring Bar (Mini)
Stirring Bar (Medium)
Stirring Bar (Medium)
Rhodium Tank Plating Solution
The advertised kit is the 250ml kit. If you want to upsize to the 1 litre kit, you will need to remove the 250ml Plating Beaker, Mesh Electrode for 250ml Beaker, Stirring Bar (Mini) and 250ml of Rhodium Tank Plating Solution from the kit list.
You will then need to add the 1 Litre Plating Beaker, Mesh Electrode for 1 Beaker, Stirring Bar (Medium) and 1 litre of Rhodium Tank Plating Solution.
Items can be removed and added either on our shop page or on the shopping basket prior to checkout.
With our Rhodium Tank Plating Kit, you’ll be able to rhodium plate items of silver or white gold jewellery to specific thicknesses with ease.
We’ve designed the process so that you can pre-programme in the rectifier settings before you start plating. This means that once you start plating you don’t have to adjust the equipment, leaving you free to let the plating get on with itself.
To work out the amp level, multiply the surface area of your work by the plating factor for rhodium, which is 0.02
In this case, we estimated that the surface of the ring was 4.5 cm2
The calculation is therefore 0.02 x 4.5 = 0.09 amps, so the amp setting on the large rectifier needs to be set at 0.09 amp.
Please note: The Rectifier shown in this project has now been discontinued and replaced by the MF Rectifier Mk II.
1. Setting up your Rhodium Tank Plating Kit
Set up the Rhodium Tank Plating Kit as shown. Turn on the Hot Plate Stirrer and bring the temperature of the solution up to 38-42 degrees centigrade and set the stirring function to minimum.
Please bear in mind that the rectifier shown on the main picture has been replaced by the MF Rectifier Mk II.
Please be aware that our Rhodium Tank Plating Solution can only be shipped within the UK and the EU. If you want to order from outside these areas, you might consider ordering our Palladium Tank Plating Kit as palladium plates with a similar whiteness to rhodium and can be shipped anywhere in the world.
2. Connecting the Black Leads
Black leads x 2 (one short, one long) Plug the short black lead into the black socket on the Economy Plating Rectifier and then plug the other end into the black socket on the large rectifier. Take the longer black lead and ‘stack’ it by plugging one end into the back of the black lead you’ve just plugged into the large rectifier. Plug the other end into the socket at the base of the Plating Stand.
3. Connecting the Red Leads
Red leads x2 (one short, one long) Plug the short red lead into the red socket on the Economy Plating Rectifier and then fix a crocodile clip to the other end of the lead and clip it to the mesh on cleaner beaker. Plug the long red lead into the red socket on the large rectifier and clip the other end to the mesh on the rhodium beaker.
4. Setting the MF Rectifier MK II to tank plating mode.
Click Here to find out how to switch the MF Rectifier Mk II to tank plating mode.
Switch the rectifier on.
5. Setting the amps.
Press and hold the “16v/5A” button until it starts flashing.
Set the amps to 0.09 amps.
Set the maximum volts to between 4.8 and 5.2 volts.
6. Adjusting the voltage for cleaning.
Adjust the voltage on the small rectifier for the cleaner stage to 4.5
7. Power Cleaning
Place the ring in the Cleaner and touch the jigging wire (which is holding the ring) against the crocodile clip. Almost immediately you’ll see bubbles forming, meaning that the Cleaner is getting to work. Leave your work in the Cleaner for 15-30 seconds and you will have a perfectly clean, water-break free surface which is ideal for plating. Once it is clean take it out and dip it in the first and second rinse beakers to thoroughly rinse off the Cleaner. Please see our previous project, ‘Gold Plating a Ring to Vermeil Standard’ for further information on this stage.
8. Rhodium plating
Hang your ring in the rhodium plating solution (check that the solution is at the optimum temperature) and then 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.
9. Final rinse stages
Once the plating time is up, turn the output on the rectifier to off and pass the ring through the last two rinse stages.
10. Finished ring
The ring needs no further finishing as our system deposits a durable layer of rhodium that can be easily maintained for many years.
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