Stainless Steel Activator for Tank Plating

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Stainless Steel Activator for Tank Plating can be used for plating a key layer on to the more difficult-to-plate stainless steel alloys which will help the adhesion of subsequent plated layers.

This product is available worldwide


HS Code: 3824 99 70

Here is an example a successful sellotape test.

It shows how well this activator helps you to plate on a range of difficult to plate stainless steel alloys by making your plated layers adhere to the surface of your item.

1. We masked out a small area of the spoon handle by sticking on a small piece of sellotape.

2. We then plated the whole of the spoon handle with our stainless steel activator.

3. We stuck a strip of sellotape over the whole of the handle and then pulled it away.

4. The gap is where the copper couldn’t stick to the underlying steel of the handle because there wasn’t any stainless steel activator underneath.

Please see a video of this process by clicking the blue ‘Video’ tab above.

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Operating Conditions and Deposit Data

Plating Factor 0.02 A/cm2 (range: 0.01 – 0.03 A/cm2)
Temperature 14 – 25 °C
Electrode Nickel or Carbon (see note 1 below)
Agitation None
Special storage requirements None
Shelf life Over 2 years
Health and Safety classification Harmful
Special considerations Can cause irritation and skin sensitisation
Transport (UN number) Not classified as dangerous for transport


  1. The nickel electrodes need to be removed from the solution while not in use as
    they will slowly dissolve.
  2. To prolong the life of the solution, you can alternate between using nickel
    electrodes half of the time then carbon electrodes but don’t mix the two at the
    same time as this won’t have the same effect.


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