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Titanium in tin solution

Q. I have been told that I can use titanium baskets in an acid tin solution. I have reservations. Any advice appreciated.

bob lynch
Bob Lynch
plating company - Sydney, Australia

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A. You can't use titanium. It dissolves.

You need zirconium. Ask any reputable basket manufacturer. Vulcanium was one source a few years back.

bill vins
Bill Vins
microwave & cable assemblies - Mesa (what a place-a), Arizona

A. Hi Robert.

No, you can't use titanium baskets in an acid tin solution.

The solution dissolves titanium. Use a carrier above solution.

Anders S

Anders Sundman
Anders Sundman
4th Generation Surface Engineering
Consultant - Arvika,


A. Mr. Lynch:

My experience with titanium baskets is that they eventually break down and the spot welds give out. What we incorporate now is slab anodes hung inside a polypropylene 3" x 6" x 36" basket, covered with a napped poly anode bag that hangs on the anode bar. This works well in the sense that when they need to be pulled and scrubbed most of the smut stays in the bagged basket. We have not had a roughness problem in our 4 tin baths in 5 years. For the small spears from depleted anodes we use a plastic mesh anode basket with a zirconium anode mesh pad inside. If you need more info I will have our supplier contact you.


Ken Hutchinson
- Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Q. Would you mind sharing this with us? We are considering having complete zirconium anodes and cooling coils fabricated, but this would seemingly be an excellent alternative to ensure we get full use of our anodes.

Lowell Moody
General Manager - Watertown, Tennessee
June 23, 2021

A. Hi. I don't know if Ken is still around and in a position to help all these years later, but hopefully someone will :-)

Luck & Regards,

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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey
June 2021

A. Hello robert. I only have used pure tin star shaped anodes with attached hooks, for acid tin. with anode bags.

Bill Hemp
tech svc. w/ chemical supplier - Grand Rapids, Michigan

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