Plating with the Jewel Master or Single Auxiliary Units

The plating voltages and times suggested below are a starting point based off our experience with the solution. We recommend starting at the lower voltage and working your way up. Starting at too high of a voltage can result in burning or damaging your piece.

The voltages and plating times can significantly differ depending on what the type of metal you are plating onto and how much surface area is submerged in the beaker.

Note that platinized titanium and graphite anodes are considered universal, in that they are inert and can technically be used in any solution. Graphite, while more affordable, does break down but the residue usually doesn't affect the solution. The following chart contains our anode recommendations based on what we have found works best for us.

 Pre- Treatment Solutions Anode Required Bath Voltage Time Temperature
Electro Cleaner Stainless Steel 5 - 7 Volts 15 - 30 Seconds 120 - 140 F
Surface Activator Stainless Steel or Graphite 6 Volts 15 - 30 Seconds Room
TriVal Platinum Plated Titanium or Graphite 5 - 7 Volts 10 - 20 Seconds Room
Wood’s Nickel Strike Pure Nickel 5 - 7 Volts 20 - 30 Seconds Room
Copper Strike Stainless Steel or Copper with Agitation .8 Volts *very sensitive to voltage 10 - 15 Seconds 130 F

 

 Plating Solutions Anode Required Bath Voltage Time Temperature Air Recommended
24K, 18K, 14K - Bath Graphite or Stainless Steel  2 - 4 Volts 2 - 4 Minutes 95 - 105 F Yes
Pure Gold Platinum Plated Titanium or Graphite 1.5 - 2.0 Volts *very sensitive to voltage Time to deposit one micron ~ 5 minutes 120 - 150 F Yes
Rose Gold - Bath Stainless Steel 4 - 6 Volts 30 - 60 Seconds 120 - 130 F Yes
Eco - Rose Gold Stainless Steel 3 - 4 Volts 30 - 40 Seconds 130 - 140 F Yes
Rhodium Platinum Plated Titanium 2 - 4 Volts 30 - 60 Seconds Room Yes
Palladium Platinum Plated Titanium or Graphite 1.5 - 2 Volts *very sensitive to voltage 15 - 30 Seconds 125 F Yes
Silver NC Stainless Steel 1 - 3 Volts 1 - 2 Minutes Room Yes
Bright Nickel Pure Nickel 5-7 Volts** 1 - 2 Minutes 140 F Yes
Bright Acid Copper Pure Copper 1 - 3 Volts 2 - 4 Minutes Room Yes

**Higher voltages, especially when plating larger items, can draw too much power and cause the machine to short out. This is a protective mechanism built in to your machine. If this happens, decrease the voltage.