Brightners

Detailed Brightners Information

Brighteners are an important additive to most plating baths. Jane Kits provide brighteners with all of the chemical mixes or electrolytes that require them. If you purchase a complete plating kit or a chemical mix that requires a brightener it will be included in the order. If you wish to purchase more brightener you can do so in various sizes. If you can’t find the size or type of brightener please send an email with your request to sales@janekits.com.au

Brightener or the amount present in a bath is hard to determine. The only way to accurately determine this is to have the bath analysed by a laboratory. This is not an option available to most platers, so the only option is to visually inspect the results. The plating results will gradually become dull in appearance and this will indicate the need for more brightener. As you gain more experience plating you will soon reconise when the bath requires more brightener.

NICKEL BRIGHTENER

The nickel brightener is known as Nimac. When you first mixed your nickel chemical you add 5 ml. of Nimac per litre of the final bath volume. For example if you ordered a 4 litre nickel kit, you would add 20 ml of Nimac. The Nimac brightener depletes after you have done a day or two of plating. You can wait until the plating starts to look a bit dull and then add another 5 ml. of brightener.

ZINC BRIGHTENER

The zinc brightener is known as TMA. When you first mix your zinc chemical you add 1 ml. of TMA per litre of the final bath volume. For example if you ordered a 4 litre zinc kit, you would add 4 ml of TMA. The TMA brightener depletes with use. The TMA is a bit more critical than other plating chemical brighteners, it depletes faster. Add 4 ml of TMA when you’re your plating becomes dull. Not too much as over doing it is as bad as not having enough in the bath.

COPPER BRIGHTENER

The copper brightener is known as Cumac. When you first mix your copper chemical you add 5 ml. of Cumac per litre of the final bath volume. For example if you ordered a 4 litre zinc kit, you would add 20 ml of Cumac.
The copper brightener is not very critical. The Cumac brightener does deplete after you have done a lot of plating but you will find you will not be required to add as much or as often as other plating chemicals. When the plating starts to look a bit dull add another 5 ml. of Cumac brightener.

Jane Kits have various brighteners for Nickel, Zinc and Copper plating available:

Nimac (nickel brightener) – $9.00 (150 ml)

Nimac (nickel brightener) – $14.00 (250 ml)

Nimac (nickel brightener) – $22.00 (1 litre)

TMA (zinc brightener) – $9.00 (150 ml)

TMA (zinc brightener) – $14.00 (250 ml)

TMA (zinc brightener) – $22.00 (1 litre)

Cumac (copper brightener) – $9.00 (150 ml)

Although these are stock sizes, we will be happy to provide any other size you may require. If you wish to purchase a larger size than the stock sizes listed please email your request to sales@janekits.com.au

CLEANING & PREPARATION

With all Jane Kits products, the key to successful plating is in the preparation of the items to be plated. Parts must be chemically clean. In order to ensure that you get pleasing and consistent results Jane Kits sell very efficient Cleaner Kits (see cleaners). Thorough cleaning is essential in the preparation of parts prior to electroplating.

DISCLAIMER

JANE KITS does not accept any responsibility for any injuries or for any ill effects resulting from the careless or improper use of any of our products. No responsibility will be accepted for any injuries or for any ill effects or accidents resulting from the improper storage or lack of your safety markings on our products.

All products should be used with care and as per the instructions in this Plating Manual. All MSDS are available on request.

NOTE Care should be taken by the bath operator no matter what type of bath is being used. Avoid allowing chemicals to remain on your skin for long periods. Safety glasses and clothing that covers arms and legs should also be worn. A well ventilated room is necessary and avoid inhaling fumes that are present during the plating or mixing processes. A suitable respirator is recommended.

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