Silver Tank Plating Kit HS – 1 Litre

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.

£1,157.37 + VAT

MF Rectifier

£124.16 + VAT

Economy Plating Rectifier

£42.87 + VAT

Silver Tank Plating Solution - HS - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Silver Tank Brightener HS -  

Clear

Beaker Ring for Plating in a Beaker - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Silver Rod Electrode for Beaker Plating × 6 - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Stainless Mesh Electrode (For Cleaning Only) - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Gold Plated Test Strip × 2

£1.89 + VAT / pc.

Anode Bag × 6 - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Hotplate Stirrer

£189.62 + 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.

Stirring Bar - Large 

Large

Plating Beaker - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Beaker Lid × 2 - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Temperature Probe

£12.64 + VAT

Plating Timer

£15.31 + VAT

Plating Stand

£34.25 + VAT

Plating Arm and Boss × 2

£59.95 + VAT / pc.

Gold Plated Jigging Wire

£2.71 + VAT

Wire Cutters

£3.93 + VAT

Pipettes - Small 

Small

Pipettes - Medium 

Medium

Plastic Tweezers

£1.48 + VAT

MPU - 100ml 

100ml

MPU Fine - 100ml 

100ml

MetaSeal - 200g 

200g

Spa Plating Silver and Gold Cloth

£3.01 + VAT

Rinse Bottle

£6.96 + VAT

Rinse Beaker × 6 - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Cleaner - 1 Litre 

1 Litre

Filter Papers (5 pack) - 1and2_litre_paper 

1and2 litre Paper

Funnel - 1and2_litre_funnel 

1and2 Litre Funnel

Funnel Holder

£9.44 + VAT

Safety Glasses

£3.93 + VAT

Assorted Nitrile Gloves

£1.00 + VAT

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This cyanide free silver plating kit is ideal for bright silver layers of up to 10 microns thickness. The price of the kit includes 1 Litre of our Silver Tank Plating Solution HS. The advantages of this Silver Tank Plating Kit – HS process are:

– High speed silver plating

– Long life plating solution – silver replenished from electrodes.

We offer a 2 Litre volume version of this kit. A Link to this kits can be found below.

 

 

Because this Silver Tank Plating Kit – HS uses a ring of 6 pure silver anodes rather than one of our Mesh Electrodes, you can build substantial thicknesses of silver quickly – plating rates of up to 3 microns every five minutes are obtainable. There’s no yellowing of deposit after rinsing in hot water and the plating solution lasts longer because the silver that plates out of the solution is replenished by silver from the sacrificial silver anodes. Can require polishing to achieve a high shine.
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.

If you are planning on silver tank plating on to copper and its alloys including brass and bronze you’ll need to brush plate a barrier layer of gold flash to protect your tank plating solution.

To get the best out of the Silver Tank Plating Solution – HS you need to heat it to 50 degrees centigrade with moderate agitation using our Hot Plate Stirrer. Immersing the plated item in hot water at 60-70 degrees centigrade for 1-2 mins (or 80 – 90 centigrade for 10 – 60 seconds) immediately after plating greatly helps the solution’s anti-tarnish/anti yellowing properties. The pH stays relatively stable througout the process compared to our other tank silver plating solution.

All tank plating solutions, the Silver Tank Plating Kit – HS included, benefit from occasional filtering; please follow this link to our Filter Kit for Tank Plating 1&2 Litre

Silver Tank Plating Kit – HS contents

MF Rectifier

Features Benefits
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 Allows the plating of small items such as rings and earrings
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 gives greater flexibility with the range of items you can plate. To use it for brush plating, you’ll need to set a constant voltage – just turn up the amps to the maximum setting and adjust the volts to the appropriate level for the brush plating process you require.

Economy Plating Rectifier

Features Applications
Stepped voltage controlled via a selector switch enabling a range from 3 up to 12 volts. Maximum current is 3.0 amps. Perfect for powering the cleaning stage, removing the need to re-set the settings on your MF Rectifier from cleaning to plating.
Fully electrically grounded No ‘touch shock’ when using in countries outside the EU or North America.

Silver Tank Plating Solution – HS

Features Benefits
Designed to be used with our electrode ring fitted with 6 silver electrodes Higher plating rates of 3 microns every five minutes are obtainable.
No yellowing of deposit after rinsing Greatly reduces the need for post plating polishing – particularly important if you’re plating very delicate or complexly shaped items.
The silver from the silver electrodes replenishes the silver plated out from the solution Makes the Silver Tank Plating Solution – HS long life which means you buy less solution in the long run.

To get the best out of the Silver Tank Plating Solution – HS you need to heat it to 50 degrees centigrade with moderate agitation.

Immersing the plated item in hot water at 60-70 degrees centigrade for 1-2 mins
(or 80 – 90 centigrade for 10 – 60 seconds) immediately after plating prevents
‘yellowing’ of the silver and provides a tarnish resistant deposit.

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 safer alternative to air agitation, as it eradicates any risk of the aerosol effect of the plating solution.
  • Mechanical agitation keeps the gold 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.

Temperature Probe

Features Benefits
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.

Glass Plating Beaker

Features Benefits
Made of pyrex glass
  • Items being plated can be seen throughout plating process.
  • No staining from 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
Plate different sized objects individually or in small batches, from rings to trophies.

Electrode Ring

Features Benefits
Made of non-corrodible metal Will not rust and contaminate your plating solution
Has six threaded holes to securely hold six of our Copper Electrodes for 1 L Beaker This allows you a high degree of flexibility. If you only have a small electroforming job, then you may only want to purchase 2 electrodes. Or you can buy the full set of six and arrange them according to the size and shape of the object you’re plating. Either way, you are ensuring you get the optimum performance from our Copper Electroforming Solution.

 Silver Electrode for 1 Litre Beaker

Features Benefits
Made of pure silver with a screw thread at one end for easy insertion into our Electrode Ring You can have configurations of 2,3,4 or 6 electrodes depending on how much money you want to spend and the size and shape of the item you’re plating;

Plating Stand

Features Benefits
Made from stainless steel
  • Fully conductive  – negative lead connects directly to work through stand, which cuts out need for another trailing wire.
  • Non-corrodible
Designed to be used with our Plating Arm and Plating Arm Clamp (sold separately) Allows for complete flexibility – you can adjust height to of arms to accommodate small 250ml 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 tank

Plating Arm

Features Benefits
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 gold tank plating solution
  • When used with clamp, can 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 gold plating solution.

Plating Arm Clamp

Features Benefits
Made in-house from non-corrosive stainless steel
  • Fully conductive
  • Will not corrode over time and risk contamination of gold 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 

Features Benefits
Gold plated No risk of contamination of plating solution during plating
Easy to bend by hand You’ll be able to shape jigs easily for complexly shaped items as well as a number of smaller items all at once.

Cleaner

Features Benefits
Quickly creates a water-break free surface
  • Ideal surface for plating – cuts out contamination from invisible layers of grease

Plastic Beakers x 6

Features Benefits
Lightweight plastic.
NB – Do not place on or near the Hot Plate Stirrer!
The six beakers provide for 2 rinses after the ultrasonic cleaning stage, 2 rinses after the ActiClean stage and 2 rinses after the gold plating stage. The sixth and final rinse should be deionised water.

Rinse Bottle

Features Uses
Made of transparent, flexible plastic Easy to control the rate of water flow
Fine spout
  • Easy to direct flow of water onto work piece – good for rinsing small items and details on larger items
  • Very useful for topping up solution in Plating Beaker lost through evaporation

Filter Kit

Features Benefits
Includes 1Rinse Beaker (1 Litre),1Funnel Holder1Funnel 1 Litre, Filter Papers 1 Litre ( 5 pack) 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.

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

Volume

Internal Diameter*

Height**

Type

250ml 44mm 70mm Standard
500ml 63mm 100mm Standard
1 litre 82mm 125mm Thick-Walled
2 litres 106mm 145mm Thick-Walled
* 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.

Customising the Silver Tank Plating Kit – HS

A key feature of our kits is the flexibility to be able to 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.

Kit size: 250ml 500ml 1 Litre 2 Litre
Beaker 250ml Plating Beaker 500ml Plating Beaker 1 Litre Plating Beaker 2 Litre Plating Beaker
Beaker Ring 250ml Beaker Ring 500ml Beaker Ring 1 litre Beaker Ring 2 Litre Beaker Ring
Silver Electrodes 2 x Silver Electrodes for 250ml Beaker 4 x Silver Electrode for 500ml Beaker 6 x Silver Electrode for 1 Litre Beaker 8 x Silver Electrode for 2 Litre Beaker
Anode Bags 2 x Anode Bag for 250ml Beaker 4 x Anode bag for 500ml Beaker 6 x Anode Bag for 1 Litre Beaker 8 x Anode Bag for 2 Litre Beaker
Stirrer Stirring Bar (Medium) Stirring Bar (Large) Stirring Bar (Large) Stirring Bar (Extra Large
Silver Tank Plating Solution HS 250ml 500ml 1 litre 2 litres

 

Example:
The advertised kit  is the 1 litre kit. If you want to downsize to the 250ml kit you will need to remove the 1 Litre Plating Beaker, 1 Litre Beaker Ring, 6 x Silver Electrode for 1 Litre Beaker, 6 x Anode Bag for 1 Litre Beaker, Stirring Bar (Large) and 1 litre Silver Tank Plating Solution HS.
You will then need to add the 250ml Plating Beaker, 250ml Beaker Ring, 2 x Silver Electrodes for 250ml Beaker, 2 x Anode Bag for 250ml Beaker, Stirring Bar (Medium) and 250ml Silver Tank Plating Solution HS.
Items can be removed and added either on our shop page or on the shopping basket prior to checkout.

 

Silver tank plating a brass cornet mouthpiece

You can handle Spa Plating’s silver plating solution with complete peace of mind, as it’s cyanide free.
This project will show you how to silver tank plate on brass using a brass trumpet mouthpiece for demonstration purposes, one of the many applications that are possible with our silver solution and tank plating kit.

1. Working out the amps and the plating time for the silver plating

a) Decide how thick you require your plated layer to be. In this example, we wanted the plated layer of silver to be 5 microns.

b) Work out the approximate surface area of your work. The surface of this trumpet mouthpiece is about 36cm2

c) Multiply the surface area of the item by the solution factor for silver, which is 0.005 For our trumpet mouthpiece, this came out at 36 x 0.005 = 0.18, so the plating amps need to be set to 0.18

d) The silver tank plating solution plates at a rate of 0.3 microns per minute. So, to find out how long to leave the item in the solution, divide the required thickness (in this case 5 microns) by 0.3 This gives a plating time for the trumpet mouthpiece of 17 minutes.

NB As soon as you have worked out the correct time, enter this into the plating timer so that you’re ready to go when you start plating.

 

2.Setting up your kit and working out the amps for the powered cleaning stage

Set up the kit as shown in the photograph. To work out the amp setting for this stage, multiply the surface area of the piece by the solution factor for Cleaner, which is 0.1

So for this project, the amp setting for the powered cleaning stage is 36cm2 x 0.1 = 3.6

3. Surface preparation with MPU

First, polish off all traces of the old silver plate and then make sure the surface of your work is perfectly clean by rubbing with undiluted washing up liquid, rinsing thoroughly under running water and rubbing with our MPU.

4. Ultrasonic cleaning

Next, place the work in the Ultrasonic Cleaner and leave it in for a minute or so.

Lift it out of the ultrasonic and pass it through the first two rinse stages.

5. Powered cleaning

Fix your work in the Cleaner tank and as soon as you have lowered the item into the solution, set the rectifier to the correct amp level. Almost immediately you should see bubbles form on the surface of the solution, which shows that it is working properly. We left the mouthpiece in for at least 4-5 minutes. Once finished, pass it through the next two rinse stages.

6. Silver Plating 0.18 amps for 17 minutes

Fix your work in the crocodile clip on the plating arm and lower the work into the silver plating solution.

As soon as possible after lowering your work into the silver plating solution, adjust the rectifier to the level of amps previously calculated and start the plating timer.

7. Final rinses

Once the plating time is up, remove your work and pass it through the final two rinse stage.

8. Finishing

To bring out the lustre in your silver plate, we recommend polishing with Goddard’s Silver Polish. This can be purchased from our online shop and is included in our Hand Polishing Kit.

9. Short term storage of your solution

If you’re planning to use your silver solution over the next few days, you can cover the top of your plating beaker with cling film.

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General guide;

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  • International orders usually 3-5 working days.

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