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Stripping silver plate from nickel silver




We are a small producer of upscale fishing reels. We have not been able to find a supplier for nickel silver in bars that are large enough to make into footplates for the reels. I have located a casting company that will re-cycle old nickel silver table ware for us into machinable blanks if we strip the silver plate from the base metal. I have heard that nitric acid 15% solution will strip off the silver and leave the nickel silver base intact. How scary is this process? Fred

Fred Balling
fly reel manufacturer - Putnam, Connecticut
2006




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