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David A Cherry
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I’m looking to get one 8 inch cage and blade shiny nickel plated. Any suggestions will be great.. Thanks to all! 

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Any chrome plating shop does nickel.

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For my 8" Breezer nickel blade I polished it up on a buffing wheel. Then I went over it with Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish.
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I picked up an Electro DC Filtered Power Supply for $10 at an estate sale. Did a little research on nickel plating on Youtube.  A Rubbermaid container, White Vinegar, Table Salt and a pack of 99 Nickel Hobart Welding Electrodes and I had a plating setup.
Second pic is a Hacker-Craft boat tag that I reproduced and Nickel plated. With power cranked up to 20 VDC it took less than a minute...






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Donald Coleman wrote: I picked up an Electro DC Filtered Power Supply for $10 at an estate sale. Did a little research on nickel plating on Youtube.  A Rubbermaid container, White Vinegar, Table Salt and a pack of 99 Nickel Hobart Welding Electrodes and I had a plating setup.
Second pic is a Hacker-Craft boat tag that I reproduced and Nickel plated. With power cranked up to 20 VDC it took less than a minute...






WOW very nice. Have you ever done Silver?

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Don Tener wrote: Donald Coleman wrote: I picked up an Electro DC Filtered Power Supply for $10 at an estate sale. Did a little research on nickel plating on Youtube.  A Rubbermaid container, White Vinegar, Table Salt and a pack of 99 Nickel Hobart Welding Electrodes and I had a plating setup.
Second pic is a Hacker-Craft boat tag that I reproduced and Nickel plated. With power cranked up to 20 VDC it took less than a minute...






WOW very nice. Have you ever done Silver?
Haven't done Silver. Just nickel, and I'll probably set up a copper plating tank.

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Interesting. Does it need to be a filtered power supply? Or could say, a hefty computer power supply do this?


Donald Coleman wrote: I picked up an Electro DC Filtered Power Supply for $10 at an estate sale. Did a little research on nickel plating on Youtube.  A Rubbermaid container, White Vinegar, Table Salt and a pack of 99 Nickel Hobart Welding Electrodes and I had a plating setup.
Second pic is a Hacker-Craft boat tag that I reproduced and Nickel plated. With power cranked up to 20 VDC it took less than a minute...







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I used that power supply because it's what I had. I also like being able to control the voltage. Most of the videos I watched they used a 5V cell phone charger supply.

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Donald Coleman wrote: I used that power supply because it's what I had. I also like being able to control the voltage. Most of the videos I watched they used a 5V cell phone charger supply.
I'll have to watch some videos and do some research. I'd just like to be able to plate some hardware. That tag looks fantastic btw.

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I have that exact power supply.  It used to be my father’s. Now I have a use for it! 

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I believe that the voltage needs to be rather low, like a few volts, and the current is proportional to the object’s size. 
A sharp edge will get a thicker plate and a pit will get less, due to concentrations of the electric field. 

There is a process called electroless nickel that does not use electricity and plates all features evenly. 

I’m not sure, but you may be able to do a heavy copper plate first, then sand and polish the copper kinda like bidy filler, to fill any pits, before nickel plate. 

I’ve been told that, prior to copper plate on cast iron, you do a “flash nickel” to seal the iron so it doesn’t mess up the copper bath. 

Some platers have a system that bubbles air up from the bottom. The bubbles knock any hydrogen bubbles off of the piece to prevent the hydrogen bubble from keeping the nickel from plating at the bubble spot. 

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That is some mighty fine work Don. Looks like those Electros are available on eBay for $50-150, so you got yours for a steal.

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David Hoatson wrote: I believe that the voltage needs to be rather low, like a few volts, and the current is proportional to the object’s size. 
A sharp edge will get a thicker plate and a pit will get less, due to concentrations of the electric field. 

There is a process called electroless nickel that does not use electricity and plates all features evenly. 

I’m not sure, but you may be able to do a heavy copper plate first, then sand and polish the copper kinda like bidy filler, to fill any pits, before nickel plate. 

I’ve been told that, prior to copper plate on cast iron, you do a “flash nickel” to seal the iron so it doesn’t mess up the copper bath. 

Some platers have a system that bubbles air up from the bottom. The bubbles knock any hydrogen bubbles off of the piece to prevent the hydrogen bubble from keeping the nickel from plating at the bubble spot. 
I have been studying this on and off for a couple of decades. It is not as simple as it seems. I may try my hand at it very soon. Just know, simple copper acetate and nickel acetate (grade school science with vinegar) is likely not to give desirable results.


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