Plug N Plate Instructions

 

The following solutions are available for use with Plug N’Plate® adapters

 

Solution

 

Plates onto:

Soln. Size

 

Wand

Wand Color

Adapter output in volts

Nickel

Steel, copper, bronze, brass, tin

8oz

Stainless

silver

4.5 – 6

Acid Copper

Copper, bronze, brass,

8oz

Copper

brown

4.5 - 6

Flash Copper

Pot metal, steel, copper, bronze, brass, tin, pewter

8oz

Copper

brown

4.5 – 6

Copy Chrome™

Steel, copper, bronze, brass, tin

8oz

Stainless

silver

4.5 – 6

Brass

Steel, copper, bronze, brass, tin

4oz

Brass

gold

4.5 – 12

Gold

Nickel, silver, copper

4oz

Stainless

silver

4.5 – 6

Silver

Nickel, copper, brass, bronze, tin

4oz

Stainless

silver

1.5 – 3

Tin

Steel, nickel, copper, brass

8oz

Tin

Silver + inserted tin strip

4.5 – 6

Bronze

Steel, nickel, copper, brass

8oz

Stainless

silver

4.5 - 6

Zinc

Steel, iron, pot metal, zinc, tin, nickel, copper, brass

8oz

Zinc

Silver + inserted zinc strip

1.5 - 3

Black Krome™

Steel, nickel, pot metal, copper, brass, tin

8oz

Stainless

silver

4.5 - 6

General Setup

The Plug N’ Plate® Regulated Power Pack for Brush Plating is 1.5v to 12v DC variable @ 500ma and has two terminals. The red plug or the red alligator clip fits into the open end of the plating wand. Sometimes the red plug may be a little loose, but this can easily tightened by placing the plug into the wand, then gently squeezing the wand case with a pair of pliers, until the fit is tighter. The black alligator clip is attached to the work-piece.

The blade of the wand is wrapped with the bandage in such a way that no metal is showing, as if the bandage was being applied to a cut in the tip of a finger. The end of the bandage should be secured by a rubber band or a small piece of sticky tape. Don’t wrap the bandage too tightly, or the solution will not be able to penetrate it down to the metal of the wand.

Plug the Plug N’Plate® variable power supply into a 240-volt power outlet. Make sure the two terminals are not touching, as this will short out the unit, causing possible irreparable damage. Occasionally, oxides will build up on the plating wand blade. These should be removed with a wire brush, steel wool or emery paper.

Surface preparation

All surfaces must be highly polished and thoroughly cleaned, with no corrosion. The use of a cold de-greaser, SDKLENE-OX and a mild abrasive cleaner/polish such as Caswell Inc. Blue Begone Prod # BLUBG or Soft Scrub will greatly assist in cleaning. Do not touch the cleaned part with your fingers after cleaning.

Brush Plating Procedure

Pour a small quantity of plating solution into an eggcup sized plastic container. (The actual lid of the plating solution will do). Firstly, dip the clean wand into the entire bottle. Hold onto the bottle, otherwise it WILL tip over. Let the solution thoroughly soak into the bandage. This should take about 30 seconds.

Proceed to brush plate the area to be treated, using soft strokes, (somewhat like stroking a cat). Do not stop in any one place, otherwise 'burning' will occur. You should plate at about 1 sq. inch per minute. After a few seconds, you will find that the plating is no longer proceeding as quickly. This is because all of the metal has been used up from the solution contained on the wand. Dip the wand in the smaller amount of solution (in the lid), and NOT in the main bottle.

 

 Harmful oxides build up during brush plating, and repeated dipping of the contaminated wand will spoil many of the solutions. You may repeatedly dip your

wand into the smaller amount of solution. If the plating has black streaks, speed up the wand action and press down harder. A few more passes over the blackened area will clean it up. This is especially prevalent with silver plating.

Additional Plating Wands

The Plug N’ Plate® workshop has some detailing wands. These have small marker pen nibs; chisel, fine point, and bullet. To use these nibs, connect the wand to the power pack in the normal manner, then dip the nib into the solution until it is well soaked, then use in the normal manner. These nibs do NOT require a bandage.

BRUSH PLATING WITH COPY CHROME™

Copy Chrome™ is a nickel alloy, harder than nickel and with a daylight tint like chrome. It should be plated directly to the metal, and does not need an underlying layer of nickel plate like a normal chrome plate. Because of its extra hardness, it is important to ensure the part is highly polished prior to plating, as this finish is harder to buff than nickel.

BRUSH PLATING WITH SILVER

Silver requires a lower voltage than any other plating process. The plate will tarnish very easily, even during the plating process. Do not be unduly concerned about the smutting, as it is more important that you concentrate on getting sufficient material plated onto the surface. Once this is achieved, the smut problem can be addressed. To remove brush-plating smut, simply polish lightly with a cloth. If this doesn’t remove it all, try buffing lightly with a Canton Flannel Wheel and BLUE compound. To improve the finish of a brush plated repair to a silver plate, we recommend a final clean/ polish of the entire surface of the part with “The Silver Solution by Sheffco” or “The Silver Maintenance Solution by Sheffco”

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BRUSH PLATING WITH NICKEL & COPY CHROME

To ensure a good corrosion resistant surface on steel, go over the entire part twice, using brush strokes in different directions. Brush plating does not plate as evenly as tank plating, so make sure the part is well covered. If in doubt – do it again!

GOLD EMBLEM PLATING USING PLUG N’ PLATE®

The system must be applied to a nickel or buffed copper plate surface.

To plate emblems requires a two step process:-

  1. Stripping. Removing the existing chrome.
  • Attach a stainless steel plating wand to the NEGATIVE/BLACK terminal of your power pack. You can clip the black alligator clip inside the end of the wand, ensuring electrical contact with the metal. Press the positive red terminal plug to the work
  • Pour a small quantity of ANODIZE & CHROME STRIPPER solution into a plastic cup. Use only this liquid, and the original solution will stay
  • Saturate the bandage with the stripping
  • Stroke the wand slowly & gently over the work The bandage will turn yellow as the chrome comes off.
  • The work piece will change color slightly as the chrome is
  • To ensure all the chrome is off, apply fresh bandage or rinse out the old, then dip in fresh solution and lightly repeat the If no yellow appears on the wand, then the part is successfully stripped.
  • Rinse the part in fresh
  • To remove chrome faster, you may use the 12 volt position on the Plug N’ Plate®

2.    Plating. Applying the gold plate.

  • Attach a Stainless plating wand to the red plug on the Plug N’ Plate®
  • Pour a small quantity of Gold solution into a plastic cup. Use only this liquid, and the original solution will stay fresh.
  • Saturate the wand with Gold Stroke the wand slowly & gently over the work piece.
  • Initially you may increase the wand speed slightly, then, as the gold color forms, slow the speed down to build up a thicker layer of
  • The gold will become visible after 30 -60 seconds for 1-2 square inches of treated
  • Repeat the gold application to increase the gold's
  • Finally, wash with detergent, and rinse with
  • You may polish the metal with a proprietary metal polish. We recommend Collinite Metal Wax, as this has a very mild abrasive in it, which cleans off brush plating smut marks and at the same time waxes and protects the plate. Use sparingly on silver and gold

Plating Over Stainless Steel

To plate over Stainless Steel, first plate with our Stainless Steel Activator, using a Stainless Steel wand and 4.5Volt position on the adapter. A thin plate is all that is required. Rinse, then plate with nickel, copper, tin etc. When gold plating over stainless, brush plate using our Stainless Steel Activator for Gold product first with a Stainless Steel wand and 4.5Volt position on the adapter. You may then apply the gold directly onto the stainless part.

Plating Over Aluminum

It is not recommended to use Plug N’ Plate® kits to plate over aluminum. Use our Flash Copper Plating Kit, with Zincate pretreatment to immersion copper plate first. You may then use the Plug N’ Plate® kits to brush plate onto the copper.

Additional tips for Brush Plating

  1. Always check that the bandages are in good condition. Worn areas may allow the wand to touch the work piece, causing a short circuit and burning the work
  2. The gold wand bandage will become soiled with a green substance after plating. The degree of this will depend on plating action and
  3. Dark spots or streaks that occur during the gold plating may be from brushing too
  4. To give a richer gold color, simply continue plating the item to build a thicker gold layer, or consider using our FastGold solution with the Plug N’ Plate® Kit. FastGold is a much more concentrated solution, and plates with a deeper, richer gold color and much more
  5. Remove and wash all bandages after Dispose of cotton ball.
  6. Plate only articles that are in good condition. Plating will NOT cover imperfections, such as scratches and pits.
 
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