Zincate Dip (UK and EU only)

£12.57£80.58 + VAT

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This Zincate Dip delivers a protective layer of zinc onto the surface of aluminium. Once this protective layer is in place the aluminium can then be electroplated.

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HS Code: 3824 99 70

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Zincate dip produces a dense, continuous immersion layer of zinc on aluminium, which can then be plated with other metals.
It is possible to brush plate small, non-complexly shaped zincated aluminium articles for functional purposes such as electrical contacts. We recommend thickening the brush plating solution first with Thickener before starting plating. We do not recommend that the brush plating process is used for decorative items such as mobile phones.
Adhesion can be improved by stripping the zincated layer off in ActiClean then re-zincating. Please refer to Tech Specs for more information.

Operating Conditions and Deposit Data

Temperature 18 – 25 °C
Immersion time 30 seconds to 2 minutes (see notes)
Thickness of zinc film 0.1 – 0.2 microns
Agitation Occasional work movement.
Appearance of deposit Grey continuous layer
Special storage requirements Away from strong acids
Shelf life 1 – 2 years
Health and Safety classification Irritant
Special considerations None
Transport (UN number) 1824



  • The aluminium article should be dipped until a continuous grey film appears.
  • After  the zincate dip, quickly rinse and dry the article with a clean paper towel and then plate with our Nickel Brush Plating Solution which has been gelled with our Thickener.
  • For maximum adhesion, heat treat at 250 – 300 centigrade for an hour after zincating
    and drying with a clean paper towel but before nickel plating.
  • If left in the solution too long, the adhesion of the zinc film is reduced, leading to
    blistering and in extreme cases, lifting of the plating.
  • To strip the zincated layer, dip in ActiClean  for 10 minutes. Please note that once
    the ActiClean has been used for stripping, it cannot be used for any other process.

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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