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Formulas for electroplating on plastics


We are looking for various formulas for plating on different types of plastic. We have a product which is made of PA6-30% glass filled and would like to know if anyone has the formula for plating or knows where such formulas may be found. Thanks!

Edward Fixen
plating shop, San Luis Obispo, California


Dear Edward ,

There is only one way to plate these "Strange" plastics that is to treat them in the same way as you treat flowers & other organic substrates , and there is a company in your area called "Natures Garden" or something similar that specialises in plating roses "etc" they are from memory located in Orange County . If you have difficulty in locating them call SOLIN Products Inc in Anaheim tell them I told you to call and explain who you need to contact & they should oblige.


John Tenison-Woods
John Tenison - Woods
- Victoria Australia


Atotech has proprietary processes for newer plastics used in the automotive industry. I would suggest a review of the literature and patents, to see where you might start studying the problem. Metal finishing magazine sells an "MFIS database" CDROM for about US$400.00. I am away from the office today, but email me and I can send you the info on how to obtain a copy of the disc

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Tom Pullizzi
Falls Township, Pennsylvania



I want some information about modern electroplating formulas on steel. Mainly formulas are required. Looking forward for your response on your earliest.

Thanks and regards,


udass Khayal
electroplating co. - Karachi, Pakistan


Most modern formulas are proprietary and protected by patent or trade secret, I'm afraid. The formulas you will find in the standard texts are the only publically available formulas and are getting a bit old.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey



I am doing a chemistry assignment on electroplating and was wondering if you could give me some help. I need formulas on Gold plating onto Silver objects. If you could help it would be greatly appreciated. In the next few days.

Kind Regards,

Bianca W.
- Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

The formulas for practical gold plating are proprietary and protected by patent or trade secret, Bianca. But any of the standard texts will give you publically available formulas that are close enough for a chemistry class report. Good luck with it.

Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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