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Forum topic by LDO2802 posted 11-28-2017 04:04 AM 417 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2017 04:04 AM

So I have decided to do electroplating on some of my restoration projects. Other than the stuff I am going to plate(lever caps, screws, etc) any ideas for what would be good to protect from rust?


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#1 posted 11-28-2017 12:39 PM

Electroplating always interested me when I was restoring old bikes, but, disposing of the old chemicals alway kind of discouraged me.

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#2 posted 11-28-2017 02:06 PM

Do you mean protect from rust in general? The standard ways are japanning or paint or keeping them oiled or waxed. There are commercial products like boshield that claim to be better than oil, but unpainted or plated metal will eventually rust. Plated and painted will too I suppose.

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#3 posted 11-28-2017 03:48 PM

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#4 posted 11-28-2017 03:57 PM

I know how to keep rust off of tools, but I also want the parts that aren’t moving or sliding to be pretty. LOL. I am looking to make my lever caps mirror like some of the ones paul sellers has.

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#5 posted 11-28-2017 09:03 PM



So I have decided to do electroplating on some of my restoration projects. Other than the stuff I am going to plate(lever caps, screws, etc) any ideas for what would be good to protect from rust?

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#6 posted 11-29-2017 12:33 AM

I probably could have worded it better. I was wondering what people thought on nickel plating tools in the shop. As in, recommendations for which tools.

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#7 posted 11-29-2017 03:41 AM

My tools are in a climate controlled environment. They don’t rust. Most of my experience with electroplated stuff is that the plating wears off or peels off when damaged. And tools tend to do that. Some of my screwdrivers are plated, I suppose. That’s about it. I’d not bother.

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#8 posted 11-29-2017 04:36 AM

I have heard plating lasts for awhile. There are some parts I wouldn’t want to Japan like screws and stuff. I was thinking of plating my small hand axe.

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#9 posted 11-29-2017 01:19 PM

I’d really be interested too see how it goes if you do.

-- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?

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#10 posted 11-29-2017 01:45 PM

I’ve heard it takes rather thick plating to last, but when it is done right, it obviously lasts on tools for a long time when well cared for.

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#11 posted 12-07-2017 12:20 AM

Consider copper plating before the nickel on ferrous metals like iron and steel. The nickel will stick to the copper better than it will the iron, and the copper will stick to the iron.

You do it the same way for copper as you do nickel, just use a copper suspension and anode instead of a nickel one. Wash, dry, then repeat for the nickel.

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