Copper Plating Kits

Detailed Copper Kits Information

The Jane Kits acid copper plating electrolyte is supplied in crystal form to be mixed with water as per the instructions to make up a sulphate copper plating bath. The bath is easy to use and will produce a ductile bright copper plate. The bath has excellent levelling qualities and is easy to control.

The deposition rate of the bath under normal conditions is one thousandth of an inch per hour. The normal time for parts to be in the copper plating bath is 45 minutes to one hour. Very thick applications of copper can be applied using acid copper to fill scratches or pits on parts that are to be plated. The parts must be left in the bath for a long period and monitored periodically. The copper will plate on to the parts without the surface becoming rough.

The recommended temperature of the bath is 24 to 32 degrees Celsius During trials of the bath it was found that the bath produced the best results at the higher end of the temperature range.

Acid copper will not plate directly on to iron, steel, alloys, or on to die castings. Jane Kits does have a product called Ultra Copper that will plate on to alloys or die cast pieces (see Ultra Copper on the Jane Kits web site for more information on this product). To plate on to ferrous metals such as iron or steel it is necessary to flash plate the item first with a plated coat of nickel and then plate the item with acid copper. A flash plated coat of nickel means that the item is only plated for 5 or 10 minutes in the nickel bath before being rinsed and then placed in the acid copper bath.

The Copper Plating bath is a room temperature bath which should be operated at a temperature of 24 to 32 degrees Celsius to achieve the best results. The bath will not plate at a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius or lower. This is because the electrical current that is required to flow through the electrolyte to carry the ions of metal from the anodes hanging in the bath to the plating work (cathode) do not travel well through a cold bath. The copper anodes hanging in the plating bath are the source of the copper metal that will be plated on to your work hanging in the plating electrolyte. The minute ions of copper metal are transferred from the copper anodes hanging in the bath by means of the electrical current to the plating work hanging in the bath (the cathode/s). Parts to be plated should be left in the bath for 45 mins or an hour. The rate of deposition of the metal to the cathode is approximately one thousandth of an inch per hour.

Jane Kits have two stock sizes of Copper Plating Kits available:

4 Litre Copper Plating Kit – $264.00

10 Litre Copper Plating Kit – $330.00

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 Copper Plating blue crystalised chemical marked as ‘4 Ltr Copper Mix’
1 x Bottle of Cumac (a copper brightener)
1 x Pair copper 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 rolls – used to hang job pieces to be plated.
1 x Bundle of stainless nickel wire – used to hang the anodes in the bath.
1 x LCD thermometer
1 x Jane Kits plating manual.

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

The best plating containers are rectangular plastic containers.

10 LITRE KIT

1 x Power supply – 15 amp switch mode power supply and connecting leads
1 x Bag Copper Plating blue crystalised chemical marked as ‘10 Ltr Copper Mix’
1 x Bottle of Cumac (a copper brightener)
2 x Pair copper 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 rolls – used to hang job pieces to be plated.
1 x Bundle of stainless nickel wire – used to hang the anodes in the bath.
1 x LCD thermometer
1 x Jane Kits plating manual.

The only items you need to add to successfully plate are:
* A plating container (rectangular plastic 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 Copper chemical bath contents you receive will be in a bag containing blue chemical in crystal form and 1 bottle of liquid. The bottle will be marked Cumac. The 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 a 4 litre bath for instance final volume is 4 litres and for 10 litres 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.

The bottle of Cumac is used as a copper 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 Copper 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.

COPPER ANODES

Copper anodes are supplied to be used in the acid copper plating bath. The anodes are high grade flat bar type anodes and are drilled so as they can be hung on stainless wire in the bath. The Copper anodes hanging in the plating bath are the source of the copper metal that will be plated on to your work hanging in the plating electrolyte. The minute ions of copper metal are transferred on to the work in the bath by the system of electrolysis. The anodes are approx. 100 mm. x 40 mm.

For the 4 litre Copper kit 2 anodes are supplied, 4 anodes are supplied for a 10 litre kit. Use them all and hang them either side of your plating. For larger kits the number of anodes supplied depends on the size of the bath. The copper anodes are soluble to the copper electrolyte and must not be left in an idle bath when there is no plating taking place.

Attention must be paid to the cleanliness of copper anodes as they take on a film of black smut during the plating process. This film is normal; clean them between plating and at the commencement of a days plating.

PLATEABLE METALS

Copper Plating is designed to plate directly onto brass and copper.

Copper Plating will not plate directly on to iron or steel, alloys, or on to die castings. Jane Kits does have a product called Ultra Copper that will plate on to alloys or die cast pieces. See Ultra Copper on the website for more information on this product.

To plate Copper onto ferrous metals such as iron or steel it is necessary to flash plate the item first with a plated coat of Nickel and then plate the item with acid copper. A flash plated coat of Nickel means that the item is only plated for 5 or 10 minutes in the nickel bath before being rinsed and then placed in the acid copper bath. Jane Kits supply Nickel Plating kits and chemical solutions to act as a flash plate. See Nickel Plating on the Jane Kits website for more information on this product.

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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