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Has Anyone Built A Chrome Plating Tank?


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#1 farmer john OFFLINE  

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Posted February 16, 2014 - 07:35 AM

has anyone built a chrome plating tank, i have been told its along the lines of a derusting tank (getting old, had a brain fart and cant remember the correct name) apparently requires about 50 amp dc which could be supplied from a welder, and some other chemicals,i had a friend who was going to show me as his dad ran a chroming outfit and he was the gopher there, but he passed away in a truck accident , any thoughts. and yes i do know some of the chems are toxic and the fumes deadly, so i intend to do this outside in the summer . thanks for your thoughts


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 08:49 AM

I did a little research on this several years ago. The deal is that the heavy metals that are caused during the process are very hard to dispose of and it takes a manufacturer with the proper setup to deal with them.

As for as close as most people will get, here is a great article by Olcowhand on something he found and uses.
http://gardentractor...in-your-own-r63
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Posted February 16, 2014 - 08:52 AM

I knew someone who did chrome plating and the chemicals involved are restricted and expensive.  You had to have some sort of license to purchase them.  Of course the laws may be different in Canada.

Also, you'll need more than one tank as chrome plating is a several step process.  Clean, neutralize, copper plate, nickel plate, chrome plate. 


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 08:53 AM

Caswell Plating sells chrome plating kits as well as the "copy chrome" kit that I have, but is PRICEY!  Chroming is not for the average guy, including me.  If one got caught dumping the chemical behind his shop, someone would be in BIG trouble!   Once you bought the required chemicals, you may be on a "watch list" somewhere!


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 03:17 PM

thank you for your responces i think caswell copy chrome my be the way to go.


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 06:20 PM

Be prepared to do hours of prep work,sanding,polishing and more polishing,the part you want to plate must look like chrome before you plate it as the plating will not hide or cover a flaw in the prep work.That is a huge part of the cost in having a plater do the job.


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 06:27 PM

Be prepared to do hours of prep work,sanding,polishing and more polishing,the part you want to plate must look like chrome before you plate it as the plating will not hide or cover a flaw in the prep work.That is a huge part of the cost in having a plater do the job.

 

SO true!


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 06:54 PM

At one time I was thinking of getting into plating here you have to dance with the EPA on ever aspect of the business. Denied me because I live in flood plane even though I live on the other side of a 100 year flood levy.






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