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mcsmithy 05-09-2007 04:59 PM

Nickel Plating?
How was nickel plating done before electricity? Can anyone refer me to a reference for this? Thanks.

marshall d 08-08-2009 06:45 AM


Originally Posted by mcsmithy (Post 1144)
How was nickel plating done before electricity? Can anyone refer me to a reference for this? Thanks.

Plating is a short way to say, electro-plating which, of course, requires electricity. Do you maybe mean something other than "plating"?

Satchmo 11-03-2014 07:28 AM

Electroless nickel plating (EN) is an auto-catalytic chemical technique used to deposit a layer of nickel-phosphorus or nickel-boron alloy on a solid workpiece, such as metal or plastic. The process relies on the presence of a reducing agent, for example hydrated sodium hypophosphite (NaPO2H2ĚH2O) which reacts with the metal ions to deposit metal. The alloys with different percentage of phosphorus, ranging from 2-5 (low phosphorus) to up to 11-14 (high phosphorus) are possible. The metallurgical properties of alloys depend on the percentage of phosphorus.

This technique did not come along until the mid 1800s, so electroplating was already being done. Bright nickel requires a DC power supply.

danf_fl 11-03-2014 09:36 AM

Remember that plating does add a layer onto the metal.
Some parts may require fitting afterwards.

clr8ter 11-03-2014 10:35 AM

I think electricity has been around for a long time. Longer than we have been commonly using it, at least. Wasn't electricity harnessed in the mid to late 1800's?

JWagner 11-03-2014 03:38 PM

Electroplating nickel usually gets a thin layer of copper (called a strike) on the steel first. Then the nickel goes on. One problem that can come up is the copper layer can be damaged when using cleaners that contain ammonia. Then the nickel plating can come loose.

BillDeShivs 11-03-2014 05:55 PM

And again an Internet myth is perpetuated!
Most, if not all, gun makers do not underplate with copper. It is not necessary.
Electricity use has been around for a long time. Much longer than most people think.
Rudimentary plating can be accomplished by simply mixing the proper solution and immersing the item.

AmPaTerry 11-03-2014 07:41 PM

Surprise, guys -
Electroplating has been around for around 2,000 years:

One of those STRANGE archaeological finds that intrigue me -

Jlock321 12-31-2014 06:36 PM

Nickel Plating?
Caswell plating search electroless nickel plating kit

c3shooter 12-31-2014 06:44 PM

OK- I am going to close this. Gents- take a look at the date of the original question.

Then start taking up a collection for the birthday cake.


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