Bright Nickel Plating Solution for Bath or Brush PlatingPlating Solutions
Bright Nickel Plating Solution is an electroplating solution that is designed to plate a hard, bright nickel deposit onto most types of metallic surfaces*. When correctly applied to a properly prepared surface the nickel plate can provide a beautiful, high luster decorative finish by itself. Because of its excellent appearance, hardness, and other physical properties, Bright Nickel Plate is the most common material used as an under plate for subsequent finishes, such as, chrome, gold, rhodium and other types of decorative finishes.
*A few metals such as zinc, stainless steel, and tungsten require special pretreatment before plating with Bright Nickel Plating Solution.
What you will need to use this solution properly:
Our Bright Nickel Solution requires a bagged nickel anode and the proper equipment and supplies to be used. We recommend electroplating equipment such as our Jewel Master, Gold Star, Universal Plater, or the ProLabcm which will have everything you need to perform this important pre-treatment step.
For best results we strongly suggest plating at the proper temperature with agitation. Brush results will not get as bright of a finish as you will with bath plating.
STANDARD OPERATING CONDITIONS
CATHODE CURRENT DENSITY 20-50 Amp/Ft ²
ANODE CURRENT DENSITY 10-30 Amp/Ft ²
VOLTAGE 5-7 volts (small bath)
6-12 volts (Large bath)
TEMPERATURE 135° F - 155° F for best results
Nickel Deposit Rate Click Here
NOTE: At 40 ASP you can achieve 2.5 microns in 3 mins and at 30 ASF you can achieve 2.5 microns in 4 minutes.
NOTE: The Bright Nickel Solution contains a brightener/leveling component that may come out of solution at lower temperatures. This can produce a white or light-colored layer of precipitate at the bottom of the container. If this happens the nickel solution will still perform normally as a brush plating solution. However, if the solution is to be used for bath plating then the leveling component needs to be re-dissolved back into the solution. This can be done by warming the solution to 120° F to 140° F and agitating the solution until the leveling component is dissolved. See video below.
Check out our Plating Procedure Chart for details about our products and how to use them.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) can be found HERE
Technical Data Sheets (TDS) can be found HERE
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
Plating onto Copper with Bright Nickel and Gold
- Gold Plating Servies
- master kit
Great result for a newbie
First use was on a 3D printed pendant previously plated with bright copper. After about 3 minutes part had a shiny nickel plate. Plating voltage was 3 volts and current around 500ma. Very good result.
I am always happy from this product!
It worked well
We were doing nickel plating on stainless steel. We watched the videos on this and were able to follow the instructions quite easily to carry out the nickel plating. It worked well. We used the electro-cleaner solution and Wood's nickel strike as well, as they were part of the process, and it all worked as advertised.
Great solution for electroforming
One of the best
Plating solution review
The purchase process was fine and the web site relatively easy to traverse. The instructions for use are a bit lacking and it would be nice if there were a color chart for the available karat gold. I purchased the 24 karat hard gold which shows a voltage range for the product. There is also a video on the site showing how to plate with the master kit. The problem is they fail to mention in both the video and the written instructions that if the voltage in the gold path is on the high side it begins to bubble. If you are unaware as I was this is a bad thing. The bubbles cause the item to plate uneven and then you have to strip and start over. In addition the higher voltage causes the gold deposit to become darker along with microscopic pits. I redid the job at a lower voltage and all looked fine. I have yet to try the nickle process.