Jane Gold Plating Kits

Detailed Gold Plating Kits Information

Gold Plating or gilding as it is called is not hard to do and as we have all seen gold we know how attractive that it looks. As gold is an expensive metal it adds value to any item that is gold plated.

The gold plate is a very thin film electroplated onto the surface of the job. The transfer of the gold metal on to the part to be plated (the cathode) is achieved by electrolysis. The better and shinier the surface the more successful it will gold plate. If the surface is not suitable to plate then it is recommended to nickel plate it first. Jane Kits supply a Nickel Plating kit or chemical that will be perfect as a coating under the gold. Non-ferrous items like medallions, chrome, copper or brass jewellery with a shiny surface will gild without nickel plating.

For items that have a good surface already you will not have to nickel. You will only need to nickel bare steel, copper or brass with a dull surface or any other dull surfaces. Gold will take to most metals. You will be able to plate stainless steel, silver, polished copper, badges or jewellery. Remember, poor surface will result in a poor finished job.

The Gold Plating electrolyte or chemical Jane Kits provides is called Jane Gold.
This is a 24 carat gold that produces a very attractive gold plate. Jane Gold needs to be at an optimum temperature for successful plating. The ideal temperature is 50 degrees Celsius. This means you will need to heat your Gold Plating chemical. The best way to achieve this is by placing your chemical in a plastic container standing in hot water in a crock pot or any other heating appliance. The temperature needs to remain in this range. A thermometer is included in the Kit to manage this.

The Jane Gold chemical is mixed at a ratio of 1 part Jane Gold chemical to 9 parts water. Therefore if you have a 1 litre kit, add the 100 ml. container of Jane Gold chemical to 900 ml of water.

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.

The plating bath requires DC current to be run through the bath to affect a transfer of metal to be plated from the chemical. Gold plating needs very little power. The power supply can be adjusted to suit the amount of output required.

A small stainless bar is supplied to act as an anode or conducter and the 24 carat gold is part of the plating chemical. Also included in the kit is a compact agitator. This is used to keep the gold plating solution well mixed and circulating around the items in the bath that are plating.

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

1 Litre 24 carat Gold Plating Kit – $250.00

2 Litre 24 carat Gold Plating Kit – $345.00

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

1 LITRE KIT

1 x Power Supply – 2.5 amp switch mode power supply and connecting leads
1 x 100 ml bottle of Jane Gold 24 carat gold chemical
1 x Stainless steel anode / conducter
2 x Aluminum pipes used as hanging pipes for anodes & job pieces to be plated.
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 Agitator.
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.

2 LITRE KIT

1 x Power Supply – 2.5 amp switch mode power supply and connecting leads
2 x 100 ml bottle of Jane Gold 24 carat gold chemical
1 x Stainless steel anode / conducter
2 x Aluminum pipes used as hanging pipes for anodes & job pieces to be plated.
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 Agitator.
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 chemical bath contents you receive will be in a bottle/s. This bottle will be clear in colour and will look exactly like water. The bottle has various chemicals mixed together and the entire contents should be mixed with water. The Jane Gold chemical is mixed at a ratio of 1 part Jane Gold chemical to 9 parts water. Therefore if you have a 1 litre kit, add the 100 ml container of Jane Gold chemical to 900 ml of water.

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.

STAINLESS STEEL ANODE

For many types of electroplating, the anode is made of the same metal being deposited on the target object. For Jane Kits Gold Plating, the anode used is stainless steel, this is simply a conducter. The anode should be kept clean by washing and scrubbing clean periodically.

PLATEABLE METALS

Gold will take to most metals. You will be able to plate stainless steel, silver, polished copper, badges or jewellery. The better and shinier the surface the more successful it will gold plate. If the surface is not acceptable to plate then it is recommended to nickel plate it first. Jane Kits supply a Nickel Plating kit or chemical that will be perfect as a coating under the gold. Non-ferrous items like medallions, chrome, copper or brass jewellery with a shiny surface will gild without nickel plating. For items that have a good surface already you will not have to nickel. You will only need to nickel bare steel, copper or brass with a dull surface or any other dull surfaces.

Remember, poor surface will result in a poor finished job.

NOTE

The Gold Plating chemical that is used to gold plate is HAZARDOUS if it is not used with care. Do not inhale the fumes that come off the chemical, especially while it is hot during plating. Stand back from it in a well ventilated area, or do your plating in a well ventilated room. If you can do that it is quite safe, there is no smell and no visible fumes.

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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