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Nickel plating, or nickel electroplating, can be thought of as a procedure where a layer of metal is deposited on an object that is also typically metal. To complete this process without contracting out the work the purchase of a nickel plating kit will need to be considered. Some home platers may use electroplating to add layers of metal onto a watch piece or onto clock parts, others may use it to refurbish old car or motorcycle parts while others may use it for building models, but the bottom line is that nickel plating isn't very difficult to do and can be relatively inexpensive to buy a complete kit.
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It's true that cleaning and surface preparation are crucial to successful plating but these chemicals are not too cost prohibitive and some cleaning materials will come included in a kit. Enhancing the looks of an object with the beauty and luster of metals like gold, silver or chrome is one of the major interests for those that buy a plating kit. Others will buy one to change the attributes of an object like adding weather resistance or anti-wear and tear qualities. Depositing layers of metal onto is reliable and useful. Plating onto something like jewelry or eating utensils is practicable and can be done fairly easily. Nickel on automobile parts can be a substitute for chrome and when buffed and polished will actually hold a very nice shine for an almost show room quality appearance.
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Nickel plating can be done by dipping an object in an electrolyte, this is a solution of liquid also known as a plating bath. This type of plating bath is a chemical solution that is designed purposefully for a specific metal to be plated onto something else. The plating solution can be used for metals like chrome, brass, copper, nickel or gold and these metals are dissolved into a bath of particulates that are loaded with a positive charge of ions. Other substances can then be added to the bath to help make a very smooth and nice deposition of metal. The piece that is going to be plated is dipped into the plating bath, or the electrolyte. This object is negatively charged and draws the dissolved ions onto itself through the completed circuit. A power source such as a battery, rectifier (which converts AC electrical current into low voltage DC current) or an AC adapter in certain kits provides the electricity, thus the name “electro” plating.
To study this process even more check into websites that discuss electroplating and show what is contained in a plating kit. There are also electroless plating kits that require no electricity at all. Read about the pros and cons of each type of plating process.