What is zinc electroplating solution?May 1, 2012
I want to know the solution that is used for zinc electroplating.
I think it is sodium cyanide and other chemical.
A. Hi, Alaa
Please introduce yourself so we have some way of understanding your situation. Young school children should do electroplating of zinc for science projects from safe vinegar solutions per our FAQ, "How Electroplating Works", whereas hobbyists may wish to use an acid zinc process, of which there are many different formulations. Yes, there are also cyanide-based and alkaline non-cyanide based zinc plating processes, but cyanide should never be used except in a proper industrial facility by people wearing the correct equipment and trained in hazardous materials. Even then, cyanide based zinc plating is declining in popularity because of the hazards and environmental impact.
Entire books are written about the various formulations for zinc plating, so it is very difficult for anyone to answer your abstract question, but probably much easier if we understand your particular situation. Thanks!
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Brick, New Jersey
May 2, 2012
Q. Hi Ted.
I need zinc electroplating for hobbyists.
What is the formula for acid zinc process?