For Decorative Chrome
A revolution in real decorative chrome plating; this new kit has special additives which widen the operating range of the system, making the system much easier for the novice to control. The only addition neccessary to the chrome system is distilled water. A small amount of battery acid is required for the copper system.
This 3 step chrome plating kit has been designed to provide a show quality nickel, copper & chrome plate on items such as headlights, bezels, bumperettes, nuts & bolts, brackets, etc. It can be applied to copper, steel, brass, and zinc die cast substrates.
There are three different processes, each with its own tank & chemicals, as well as the Electrocleaning and Electrostripping tanks. The chrome plate is always applied over a nickel plate, which will fuse to most metals quite readily. The acid copper plating system is used as a hi-build filler to cover blemishes, pits and scratches. The copper plate can be built up to thicknesses of 1/8", and solder-it can be used to fill in deeper pits. The solder and plate is then sanded/polished and re-plated before nickel plating. This is an invaluable tool for the restorer!
Now, with the addition of Flash Copper™ to this kit, you can plate onto Pot Metal without having to buy additional kits. Pot Metal parts are plated first with Flash Copper™. They may then be built up with the regular Copper system if desired, then nickel and chrome plated.
As of 1 October 2019 this kit does not include heaters.
Contents of 18 Litre Kit
5 x 20L Plating tanks with lids
2 x 200mm x 200mm GP Plates
3 Cans Chrome Crystals (Makes 18L)
3 X Chrome Activator
2 x 150mm x 150mm Copper anodes & bandages
1 x 18L Flash Copper™ Chemicals (A, B, C)
2 x 150mm x 200mm Nickel anodes & bandages
3 Pack Nickel Crystals w/Brightener (Makes 18L)
3 Pack Copper Crystals (Makes 18L)
3 x 45mLCopper MakeUp
2 x 125mL Copper Brightener
3 x Air pumps (For Nickel/Copper & Flash Copper Kit)
Fume Control Balls
2 Packs Degreaser (Makes 32 L)
The Caswell Plating Manual
Free Technical Support
Aluminum parts must be dipped in Zincate (not included) solution prior to nickel or Flash Copper plating.
Lead/Pewter parts must be dipped in Pickle #4 (not included) prior to Flash Copper plating.
The nickel plating system will readily accept the final layer of chrome plate. The power source we recomend is a Constant Current Power Supply. you will find our selection of suitable Power Supplies at the following link Power Supply
Nickel plating process will take approx. 30-60 minutes.
Copper plate operation will take from 10 minutes to several hours if building up thick layers.
The final Chrome plate layer takes only 4 minutes.
Nickel & copper kits will plate approx. 60 square feet of surface area, before the anodes need replacing. Nickel & Copper plating require 1 amp per 16 square inches of your part.
The Chrome solution will plate over 1000 sq. ft/gal of decorative chrome, & for most operations should not need replacement.
Solutions last over the life of many sets of anodes and are not usually disposed of. Procedures for handling these minimal quantities are outlined in the manual.
To dispose of you may need to contact your local council. DO NOT POUR ANY SOLUTIONS DOWN THE DRAIN. THE EPA WILL KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
Chrome plating requires 1 amp per square inch area of your part.
There are no cyanides in these systems. A system of fume control for the chrome, consisting of fume control balls is included with every kit. Full instructions for fume control are discussed in the manual.
YOU MUST SUPPLY
Power Supply Caswell Australia supplies these, follow the link
Copper Pipe for tank bar
Copper Wire to hang items
Small amount of electrical wire to make connections