Our multi-use tin plating solution has applications ranging from the cookware industry through to high-end electronics. Recommended electrode – platinum.
Please note: This is an air-sensitive solution. When not in use, keep the lid tightly shut and take measures to minimise the air space remaining in the bottle. These can include adding marbles or glass beads to the bottle or squeezing out the excess air at the top of the bottle.
Failure to observe the above precautions will result in the degeneration of the tin in the solution.
Please click on the ‘Examples’ tab below for suggestions on how to minimise air contamination.
As you use up your Tin Brush Plating Solution, you can gradually replace the empty space in your bottle with marbles. This increases the shelf life of oxygen sensitive plating solutions such as Tin, by minimising the air gap at the top of the bottle. Another approach is to squeeze out the air gap and screw on the bottle top.
It plates fast and can be brought to a high shine using MPU or MPU course.
non-toxic finish makes it a good choice for coating cooking utensils
useful in electronics and plumbing as it aids solderability – no need for fluxes
low tarnish finish that polishes well
To work out how much plating solution you will need to plate your item and how much it will cost please click HERE.
There are three stages to successful Brush plating;
1. Surface Preparation
1. Surface Preparation
The more attention you pay to preparing your surface at the start, the better your end result will be. This first stage can be broken down into three possible further stages; polishing, cleaning and activation. It’s unlikely you’ll have to do all three, it just depends on the type and condition of the surface you’re plating.
Plating can’t hide deep scratches, so for a scratch free finish, make sure you polish these out before you start. If the scratches aren’t very deep then you can do this by hand, using our Hand Polishing Kit. If the scratches are quite deep then you’ll probably need to use a polishing machine. You can buy the polishing compounds for this on our online shop – just follow this link HERE.If you are lucky, your work won’t need polishing at all, and you can go straight ahead with the next mini stage which is…
We recommend cleaning your surface with our MPU. This cleans, polishes and activates all in one, so in many situations, this may be the only preparation stage you need to do!
If you’re using our MPU, a separate powered activation stage may not be needed. However some surfaces, such as stainless steel, nickel and nickel containing alloys such as nickel silver can build an oxide layer that is most efficiently removed with a powered activation/cleaning stage using our ActiClean. If you are cleaning larger areas of other kinds of metal then using our Cleaner might be the best option.
This is the stage where you start using electricity from your rectifier to plate or strip your work. You can plate a wide range of metal finishes, both precious and base metals with the brush plating method. The metal finishes that are available for purchase through Spa Plating include gold, silver, palladium, platinum and rhodium and for the base metals copper, tin and nickel. We are constantly adding more plating solutions to this list as we invest further in research and development.
This stage may need to include stripping before plating if the item you wish to plate has been chrome plated, (for example a bath tap). This is because chrome cannot be plated on to and you’ll need to strip this off using our Safe-T-Strip before you go ahead and plate.
If you’re plating a number of different finishes, for example copper, nickel and gold, you’ll need to rinse the surface of your item thoroughly between layers to avoid cross contamination of plating solutions.
To work out how much plating solution you’ll need you will have to estimate the surface area of your work. The video on the right gives a demonstration of how this can be done.
Silver brush plating on copper
This stage is quite simple and straightforward as it usually involves sealing the surface of your work with our Meataseal.
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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