Home /
Search 🔍
the Site

Get personalized metal finishing help, no charge!

Gold Plating Pewter

(-----) 1998

Q. Can anyone tell me how to brush plate gold onto pewter.

Brian Wilson
mobile plating - Australia

"Gold Plating Technology"
by Reid & Goldie
from Abe Books

Affiliate Link
(your purchases make finishing.com possible)


A. Brian,

Pewter is tin with small amounts of copper and antimony in the alloy. Should try copper first but if the product is not pewter but a lead based metal you will definitely need copper first.

bob lynch
Bob Lynch
plating company - Sydney, Australia


A. When gold plating copper (or other extremely reactive metals) a barrier coat needs to be used between the copper and the gold. This will prevent the copper from oxidizing and 'rising' to the surface, which tarnishes and corrupts the gold plate. nickel or rhodium make excellent barrier coats.

Kelley S. Hestir
Sculptor - Las Cruces, New Mexico


Q. I am developing a new product in pewter, I understand that it is possible to plate it in various colors, green, red, black, orange, and so on. Do you have any info on what the plating solutions might be, if they exist.

Thank you.

Philip Stone
boutique - Paris, France


A. No, Mr. Stone, it isn't possible. Plated metals are always the familiar metallic colors. Silver plating is silver colored, copper plating is copper colored, etc. It is possible to very subtly change the colors of some plated metals as you see in the familiar tri-color gold (slightly pinkish, slightly greenish, etc.) and it is possible to blacken some plated metals with sulfides, etc. as you might see in a school class ring where the recesses are dark and the high points shiny.

What you may be thinking of is electrophetic lacquers. These are tinted, translucent coatings, that can be applied on top of bright nickel or other shiny finishes to give a "candy apple" effect.

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

October 24, 2008

Q. I own a pewter cross. Is it possible to gold plate it. I read the previous answers and it seems this is possible. Do you need to nickel plate it first?

Thanks for your help

Joseph Grima

October 29, 2008

A. Hi, Joseph. It is possible to gold plate virtually anything including pewter, but it may require underlayers of other metals. It is probably best to copper plate it, then nickel plate it, then gold plate it for corrosion resistance and tarnish resistance. Most people want their gold plating to be shiny and reflective, and this is much easier to achieve with a layer of bright nickel plating below it.


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

finishing.com is made possible by ...
this text gets replaced with bannerText
spacer gets replaced with bannerImages

Q, A, or Comment on THIS thread -or- Start a NEW Thread

Disclaimer: It's not possible to fully diagnose a finishing problem or the hazards of an operation via these pages. All information presented is for general reference and does not represent a professional opinion nor the policy of an author's employer. The internet is largely anonymous & unvetted; some names may be fictitious and some recommendations might be harmful.

If you are seeking a product or service related to metal finishing, please check these Directories:

Chemicals &
Consult'g, Train'g
& Software

About/Contact    -    Privacy Policy    -    ©1995-2022 finishing.com, Pine Beach, New Jersey, USA