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Reusing a nickel plating Bath


If I am nickel plating a penny using solid nickel as an anode in a nickel sulfate bath, do I need to remake the bath every time, or can I use the same bath more than once? I would like to run my experiement five times. How often should I change it?

- Carrollton, Texas


You can run it forever, Courtney. Nickel plating baths are not dumped. After some amount of production, a production plater may need to make adjustments of brightener, carrier, wetter, pH, but never throw it away. For plating of a few pennies you will not need to make any additions or adjustments between runs.

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

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