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Forum topic by Don W posted 10-22-2011 03:29 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don W

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10-22-2011 03:29 PM

Not sure this is really the right forum, but i guess its finishing of sorts.

Does anyone have any experience chrome (or similar) plating? Is it something do-able in the home shop? I’ve done a little research online and it didn’t bring up to much.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 06:38 PM

Not likely a home shop job. Lots of electrical, chemical, tank requirements.
Look up electro plating services. You’ll be better served by hiring it done.


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Don W

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 06:40 PM

so what would be a typical cost to have a cap iron re-plated?

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 08:44 PM

@Don W, I agree with Bill White IF you only want to plate a piece or two in your future. If you see that plating would be something that you would do often if you had the setup, then it is not that bad to get setup to plate. In many ways, it is just the opposite of electrolysis. However, your bath will already include the chrome or nickel that will plate the target piece. I’d say you would be in business for $500. I’ll come back later with the links for you.

Plating, electrodep paint, and powdercoat are awesome finishing technologies that all deliver exact (perfect) finish thickness and durability. I use to run a 28,000 gallon electrodep paint system in my early factory days, then later maintained several large scale anodized plating tanks.

I will likely get into plating at home within the next year or so.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 04:03 PM

There are home plating kits, and from what I’ve read on OWWM, they work very well. Not sure it’s worth it if all you’re doing is a cap iron.

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