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topic 1158

Removing electroless nickel plating from steel



1998

Are there chemical ways of removing electroless nickel plating from steel?

And are there chemical ways of removing tin plate from steel?

The criteria for either system - must not "poison" the surface nor cause loss of steel. And must be quick.

Is there a dye check that can be used after treatment that will show the complete removal of either plating?

Joe Redinger
- Canada


1998

Cyanide-based strippers are pretty good at complexing other metals while leaving steel untouched. But if you need something cyanide-free, you might want to talk to a specialist in nickel strippers, like Metalx [a finishing.com supporting advertiser].

Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


1998

Joe:

You might check with Enthone, they make a line of nickel & E nickel strippers. If I recall correctly it is called "N Strip".

Good Luck

Paul Stransky
- Putnam, Connecticut


 

For high P EN, I like Metalx [a finishing.com supporting advertiser] strippers. Work well and tend to be cheaper and less of a pain to dispose.  

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida


1999

Please also see our FAQs on Stripping of Electroless Nickel.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


2000

This is in response to Mr. Redinger's 1997 letter asking whether there's a dye to check if a steel part has been stripped of Nickel or other plating. I post this message for the curious. Generally in time you'll develop an "eye" for when a part is stripped. However if you simply immerse the part in [sulphuric] acid-copper plating bath (without current) the copper will contact plate to the steel through galvanic action and you'll be able to see any non-stripped areas. You can remove the immersion copper film quickly (a matter of seconds) by swishing the part in your strip bath. Regards, Steve Wilcox

Steve Wilcox
- Tecumseh, Michigan

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