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"NICKEL FREE SOLUTION"



1998

We are looking for barrier layer which is nickel free for costume jewelry.Presently we are running a single bronze layer for our product of which the corrosion resistance is not good.For eg: most of the time the product corrode within a week after worn by a person.

Anybody is having any ideas of which barrier layer is suitable to use.

Would be appreciated for any advise and comment.

TEOH MENG SOON
- Malaysia
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1998

Dear Mr Teoh ,

You are just not putting on enough gold , But an alternative process that you might want to consider is a "barrier" layer of Palladium between the Bronze and the Gold , however , the Palladium must be a minimum of 0.4 microns thick ALL OVER the part so beware and if the articles you plate are of complex shapes you will need to make allowances for current density anomalies , also remember Palladium has very poor throwing power .

regards

John Tenison-Woods
John Tenison - Woods
- Victoria Australia
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1998

Dear Sir,

I was studied from metal finishing guidebook.Palladium process can be broadly characterized as ammoniacal,chelated, or acid processes.I have a few question as follows.Does anyone can help?

Thanks for any comments.

TEOH MENG SOON
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1998

Mr Teoh,

I agree with Johns advise although I am not as handsome as him. The amount of gold is important and considering the cost of 0.4 microns of palladium including the extra process you might try 0.4 microns of gold.

Also a good thickness of bright acid copper under the bronze will help protect the base material better than intermidiate coats of anything between the bronze and the gold.

bob lynch
Bob Lynch
plating company - Sydney, Australia
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