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Autocatalytic platings, methods and procedure?

(-----) January 26, 2008

NiS04 + NaH2P0 +H20 _ Heat_____>

NiPlating +naHP03 +H2S04

what are the procedure step by step & method of getting a perfect plating? can any body help ?
please contact me

Thomas Chow
employee trying to get a job done well - Hong Kong

First of two simultaneous responses -- January 30, 2008

The right procedure to get a perfect electroless (autocatalytic) nickel is to buy a proprietary formula from a reputable vendor of chemicals for plating. Self-made chemistries (home brew) are always short in performance, stability, life and quality of plate they produce. They also lack adequate technical advise. Another wise step is to get a technical book on the subject to be able to better understand what's going on in your baths.

Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico

Second of two simultaneous responses -- January 31, 2008


What an obsure and abstract question!

We have no idea what you are trying to plate, what finish you are looking for, what properties you are looking for or if you are working from self-formulated or proprietary chemistry.

To be quite honest, with so little information I would be surprised if anyone could do a good job. Is this supposed to be to a specification (e.g. AMS, MIL spec, ISO, BS etc)?

Give us an idea of what you really want and someone can probably give you a reasonable answer.

Brian Terry
Aerospace - Yeovil, Somerset, UK

January 31, 2008

Guillermo's advise is the best answer going. The rest of that story is to follow the instructions and the tech service help that they give you. You have no need to reinvent the wheel or electroless plating. If it is a major or a reputable vendor.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

I am working in a village factory, and trying to get a metal spring coil miniature trap done,can any body guide me out ?




Will the book "Electroless Plating -- Fundamentals & Applications" contain how to do nickel chemical plating process:

Where can I get this book, how much?


Thomas Chow
employee trying to get a job done well - Hong Kong

May 26, 2008

Hi, Thomas. Yes, Mallory & Hajdu's "Electroless Plating" [link is to book review on finishing.com] is a very well received book, and there is an excellent chance you will have a high opinion of it as well. We have linked to a few places where you can find it. Plating books are usually quite expensive because they require a lot of work and few copies are printed. So it would be best take a look at it in a library first if you can. Good luck.


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