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"Wood's Nickel Strike?"

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Q. Maybe this question seems strange, but could you be so kind and explain me what the "Wood's nickel strike" is? I suppose it's a chloride bath with low pH, but I'm not sure. Thanks in advance.

Adam Wittmann
- Poland

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A. Not at all strange, Adam:-)

Stainless steel, and nickel itself, are very difficult to properly plate onto because of their natural passivity. Don Wood (deceased) developed a combination activator/strike bath for the purpose. As you surmised, it's a nickel chloride bath at low pH. Specifically, per the Metal Finishing Guidebook, it's:

More detail can be found in the Guidebook. Good luck.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
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November 23, 2014

Q. I just recently started using Wood's nickel strike and I must say my results are nothing short of spectacular! I had been using another product. So my question is, is the Wood's nickel strike made from a particular company or is that name just a catch-all name for that particular mixture? I hope this doesn't seem like a stupid question. Thanks, I have a lot of time on my hands

Richard Courtright
- San Francisco California USA

November 2014

A. Hi Richard. It was invented/developed by Don Wood (dec.) of Hill-Cross Company [a finishing.com supporting advertiser], but has been generic for a very long time now. It contains nothing but nickel chloride and hydrochloric acid -- nothing proprietary.


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