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Tin-Lead PLATING PEELS OFF FROM NICKEL SUBSTRATE





2003

Q. MY BASE MATERIAL IS NICKEL PLATED AND IT GOES TO OTHER PRODUCTION PROCESSES, AND THEN IT WILL BE ELECTROPLATED WITH SN/PB 90% THE RESULT IS THE SN/PB COATING PEEL OFF OR AREAS OF NICKEL IS EXPOSED.

QUESTION:

1.HOW TO PRETREAT THE NICKEL TO IMPROVE SN/PB PLATING
2.HOW TO ACTIVATE THE NICKEL
3.HOW TO CHECK THE PROBLEM

B.S. Roxas
- Manila, Laguna, Philippines



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2003

A. Please give more details about the nickel plating; for example, is it bright nickel or a simple watts type bath? This will greatly influence any treatments. You must also supply details of your current pretreatment and the type of Pb/Sn bath you use. The more details you supply, the better the answers will be - I do not know anyone who can read the minds of others, especially over the Internet.

trevor crichton
Trevor Crichton
R&D practical scientist
Chesham, Bucks, UK



2003

A. Assuming the Tin/Lead plating bath is the old fashion fluoborate formulation, then:
(1) Clean the old nickel CATHODICALLY in a steel electrocleaner formulation at about 12 oz/gal, 50 amps/sq ft,
(2) Make the part cathodic in 50% Fluoboric Acid using bagged carbon anodes, do not rinse
(3) enter "hot" into the tin/lead plating solution. To test: hammer, tape, bend, scrape, etc.

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Robert H Probert
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