COBALT Nickel Plating Kits

Detailed Cobalt Kits Information

Jane Kits have developed a very successful Cobalt Nickel Plating chemical mix to allow the home plater to plate their parts in cobalt nickel.

The advantages of Cobalt Nickel Plating are that it is harder and more corrosion resistant than our normal nickel plate. It is also very much like chrome in appearance and will satisfy those who would like to do chrome plating in their own workshop. The procedure for cobalt nickel plating is the same as that for nickel plating. It uses the same Nickel Plating chemicals and has a Cobalt additive that will enhance the final results.

Nickel Plating has been successfully carried out since the 1800’s to provide a protective coat of nickel to various metals. Besides providing protection to the metal surface it is also attractive in appearance and can be buffed to a high lustre. In a lot of cases it has taken the place of chrome as it is user friendly and chemical mixes can be employed that do not require the addition of cyanide. Nickel provides excellent corrosion protection to the plated surface especially if it is polished occasionally with metal polish.

The transfer of the nickel metal on to the part to be plated (the cathode) is achieved by electrolysis.

The Cobalt Nickel Plating chemical or electrolyte used in Jane Kits is a high sulphate bath. It does not contain dangerous chemicals or cyanides. The bath is mildly acidic running at a PH value of 3.5 to 4.8 under normal conditions. It is based on the old and well tried Watt’s nickel bath. It has a cobalt chemical additive that improves the properties of the final bath. This bath is a very robust bath that will produce very good results over a very long period of time.

Minute ions of the nickel are removed from the anodes (S rounds) hanging in the bath and transferred to the plating work (cathodes) during the nickel plating process. Over the period of 60 minutes approximately 1 thousandth of an inch of nickel plate will be applied to the cathodes resulting in an attractive coat of nickel. The deposition of metal is directly proportional to the time in the bath and to the amount of electrical current flowing through the bath. The best results are obtained using plating time of 45 minutes to an hour. Exceptionally long plating periods can lead to rough plating. If for any reason a part is required to be plated for a very long period a very low current setting should be used.

The plating bath requires DC current to be run through the bath to affect a transfer of metal to be plated from the anodes hanging in the bath to the parts to be plated (the cathode) which are also hanging in the bath. The part to be plated is known as the plating work, or job. The cathode is the correct name for this piece. The only other items that should be hanging in the bath are the anodes. For our small 4 litre kit there are 10 anodes, generally 5 hanging either side of the plating jobs or cathode/s. In theory under normal conditions one amp will plate an area of 97 square centimetres or 15 square inches.

The Cobalt Nickel Plating electrolyte or chemical needs to be at an optimum temperature for successful plating. The ideal temperature is 50 to 60 degrees Celsius. This means you will need to heat your Nickel Plating chemical. The best way to achieve this is by placing your chemical into a stainless steel container and externally heating it with a naked flame. (small gas portable camping stove is ideal). The temperature needs to remain within this range. A thermometer is included in the Kit to manage this.

Jane Kits have two stock sizes of Cobalt Nickel Plating Kits available:

4 Litre Cobalt Nickel Plating Kit – $297.00

10 Litre Cobalt Nickel Plating Kit – $418.00

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

KIT CONTENTS

4 LITRE KIT

1 x Power supply – 15 amp switch mode power supply and connecting leads
1 x Bag Nickel Plating green crystal chemical marked as ‘4 Ltr Nickel Mix’
1 x Bag Cobalt Nickel Plating pinkish crystal chemical marked as ‘Cobalt Nickel Mix’
1 x Bottle of Nimac (a nickel brightener. Add 5 ml for every 1 litre of electrolyte in the bath)
1 x Bag nickel anodes (10 ‘S’ round anodes)
3 x Aluminum pipes – used as hanging pipes for anodes & job pieces to be plated.
1 x Bridge wire – Red electrical wire with red alligator clips attached at each end
(used for bridging the two anode hanging pipes together)
1 x Copper wire roll – used to hang job pieces to be plated.
1 x Bundle of stainless nickel wire – used to hang anodes on.
1 x LCD thermometer
1 x Jane Kits plating manual.

The only items you need to add to successfully plate are:
* A plating container (Stainless steel or similar)
* Water for mixing your chemical in.

10 LITRE KIT

1 x Power supply – 15 amp switch mode power supply and connecting leads
1 x Bag Nickel Plating green crystal chemical marked as ‘10 Ltr Nickel Mix’
1 x Bag Cobalt Nickel Plating pinkish crystal chemical marked as ‘Cobalt Nickel Mix’
1 x Bottle of Nimac (a nickel brightener. Add 5 ml for every 1 litre of electrolyte in the bath)
2 x Bag nickel anodes (20 ‘S’ round anodes)
3 x Aluminum pipes – used as hanging pipes for anodes & job pieces to be plated.
1 x Bridge wire – Red electrical wire with red alligator clips attached at each end
(used for bridging the two anode hanging pipes together)
2 x Copper wire roll – used to hang job pieces to be plated.
1 x Bundle of stainless nickel wire – used to hang anodes on.
1 x LCD thermometer
1 x Jane Kits plating manual.

The only items you need to add to successfully plate are:
* A plating container (Stainless steel or similar)
* Water for mixing your chemical in.

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.

CONTENTS

The Cobalt Nickel chemical bath contents you receive will be in two bags. One containing green chemical in crystal form and another containing a pinkish chemical in crystal form. You will also receive a bottle of liquid in a separate plastic container. The bottle will be marked Nimac.

The two bag of crystals has various chemicals mixed together and the entire contents should be mixed with water. The final volume is the size of the bath that you are setting out to make up. For example a 4 litre baths final volume is 4 litres and for 10 litre bath it is 10 litres and so on.

To make up the bath take half the water required for the final volume and dissolve the crystals in the bath by stirring them in. Warm water is best for dissolving the chemical. When the chemical is dissolved top up the mix with distilled water until you have exactly the amount required for the final volume. Do not add more water than what is required.

The bottle of Nimac is used as a nickel Brightener and is added initially at the rate of 5 ml per litre of bath size. It is then added as you go when the brightness of the Nickel bath diminishes.

NOTE only use deionised, demineralised, distilled or rain water to create your plating bath. Do not use tap water. It may have too many additives that will contaminate your bath.

NICKEL ANODES

The Nickel anodes used in the Jane Kits nickel bath are known as Nickel S rounds. These rounds are pellets of first grade nickel drilled to allow them to be hung on stainless wire mid depth in the plating bath. The S in the specification of the rounds indicates that the rounds have a sulphur content which improves the electro chemical performance of the anodes in the bath. The anodes should be kept clean by washing and scrubbing them periodically.

For a 4 litre Cobalt Nickel Plating you will have 10 anodes, for a larger kit you may have more. Use them all and hang them either side of your plating. The anodes should be kept clean. Nickel anodes get a film of smut on them during plating. This film is normal; clean them between jobs plating and at the commencement of a days plating.

PLATEABLE METALS

Cobalt Nickel Plating is designed to plate directly onto steel, brass, lead or copper.

Cobalt Nickel Plating will not plate directly onto stainless steel, zincated aluminum, or die cast zinc surfaces without a separate strike. Jane Kits supplies an Ultra Copper Kit that is a non-cyanide, alkaline copper plating process designed to plate onto these metals and will act as a strike for Cobalt Nickel Plating. (see ‘Plating Kits’ for more information on Ultra Copper)

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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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.

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