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Seeking knowledge of Nickel strike


Dear Sir/Ms.

I would like to get your advices about how to do " Nickel strike " on top of a nickel coated metal plate.

The purpose of the additional nickel layer ( nickel strike) is just to achieve better adhesiveness when the nickel striked metal is glued with another metal plate ( Zn coated)

Many thanks.

Wang ru hai
electronics mfg - Shanghai, China


Doing a nickel strike on top of old nickel plating is a workable process sometimes used on items like truck bumpers. In today's environmentally attuned times, it is sometimes deemed better to rectify some plating defects by adding a second layer than by stripping the original layer and having to deal with the waste from the stripping solution.

Personally, I've only heard of this being used as a workaround for defective parts in that way, not as a design strategy for new parts. For new parts, it's perhaps better to try to keep the nickel plating active rather than trying to re-activate it with a nickel strike.

A conventional Wood's Nickel Strike is suitable for the purpose of reactivating nickel plating.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


I would try using some time of acid salt with current to reactivate the nickel.

Kevin Frankart
- Columbia City, Indiana


If glue is the next step on top of the original nickel, probably no chemicals are needed. A thorough dry or wet/dry scrubbing with Pumice [affil link] or Scotch-brite might be all you need.

Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico

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