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Q… Is the chemical used more than once or is it thrown away after use?
A... The chemical is used over and over again. Keep it in a screw top container and pour out whatever you require for each job. Return it to storage after use. If kept clean it will last 12 months or more.
Q…Are the chemicals harmful?
A…The chemicals are mildly acidic.There are no dangerous fumes, and there are no cyanide based chemicals used. Label the electrolytes and put them out of the way of children, especially if they are stored in fruit juice bottles. Nickel is green, copper blue, and Gold Brite is of course golden coloured.
Q…Can one plate plastics or alloys?
A…Stick to plating steel, brass, or copper. Plating plastics or alloys is a special process and should be avoided by the home plater.
Q....Are additional supplies of the various kit contents available when required?
A....Yes…The only top ups that you will ever need are new electrolyte, and new anodes, but not for a long time unless you do an exceptional amount of plating.
Q.…How long does it take to plate the items?
A…You are best leave the items in about 40 mins. or so. If it is nickel and you intend to buff the part, leave it in an hour. It is up to yourself.
Q…Can you plate directly onto bare metals?
A…Yes in the case of nickel or zinc, but no in the case of copper. Acid copper which is what you will be using does not plate onto steel. It will plate onto non ferrous metals. To plate onto steel with copper, flash a thin coat of nickel on first and then copper.
Q…Which is the best and longer lasting plated surface?
A….Over a long period of time zinc tends to sacrifice itself to the atmosphere and its protection from corrosion is not as good. However, I have zinc plated parts on my bikes done 5 years ago and still lasting well. Nickel is more like chrome and if done properly will last indefinitely.
Q…Does the electrolyte have to be heated to carry out plating?
A… The electrolyte only has to be heated in the case of nickel, the plating of zinc or copper is done at room temp.
Nickel must be heated to 50 to 60 degrees Celcius
Zinc or Copper should be at 25 to 30 degrees Celcius (IE warm it on a cold day)
Q....How does one heat the nickel electrolyte?
A.…One of the best ways is to stand the tank in hot water in a Crock pot. A ceramic tank can be used on a hot plate. A Stainless Steel container can also be used, heated on a gas ring or hot plate
There is a very comprehensive instruction book in the kit which explains the best method to use for bench top plating and advice on how to avoid the pitfalls.
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The Jane Kits story began when John, a vintage motorbike restorer realised that it would be much more convenient and economical if he was able to plate his own parts in the home workshop. So John decided to source and create his own plating kit and hence Jane Kits was born. John went on to receive numerous awards for his meticulously restored bikes with parts plated using his ingenious new kit.