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Our Thickener is great for reducing wastage of precious metal plating solutions whilst plating ‘in-situ’. By turning them into a non-drip gel, more of the plating solution stays on your work rather than dripping away.


HS Code: 3824 99 70

Although your bottle of Thickener may feel as if it’s empty – it isn’t! Thickener comes in the form of a very light-weight powder and needs to be gently poured out of the bottle into a beaker to be mixed with your plating solution. Please click HERE to see our Electroplating Manual for full instructions on preparation and use.

Thickener used to gel gold plating solution when plating a mixer tap on site. Click HERE to see the full project in our Electroplating Manual.

Features Used for
Creates a gel when mixed with our solutions Resulting gel helps prevent the solution from running off the work. This is particularly useful when you are working in-situ, for example gold plating bathroom taps or an architectural feature of a building, where it is impossible to catch the run-off in the normal drip trays


How to prepare Thickener

Here's our how to prepare Thickener guide, giving you step-by-step illustrated instructions. The best thing about Thickener is that it helps you to be economical with your plating solutions by cutting out any dripping of solutions back into the Drip Tray or on the ground if you're plating 'in situ'. It’s therefore particularly useful when you're gold brush plating but can be equally helpful for all of our other solutions as well. Please refer to the appropriate pages in our manual for advice on gold brush plating and the correct voltages to use.

1. Measuring out the Thickener

Pour out the amount of plating solution you need into a beaker, then pour into the same beaker an equal amount of Thickener. For estimating how much plating solution you need, please refer to our Plating Calculator that can be found on all of our product pages.

2. Mixing the thickener

By using the electrode to mix the Thickener with the plating solution, you’re also ensuring the Thickener properly coats the electrode before the swab is put on. This will help the electrical current to flow when you come to start plating.

3. Soaking the swab

Once you have put the swab on the electrode, make sure it is coated and soaked in the Thickener.

4. Starting to gold plate


When you touch the swab to the tap, you may not instantly see gold plating happening. This will probably be because the thickened gold solution hasn’t soaked through to the electrode and formed a circuit yet. To encourage this, carry on moving the swab in regular circular movements on the surface of the tap for a while and the gold will begin to appear.

General guide;

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 £200
  • International orders usually 3-5 working days.

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