Gold Plating with Hoover and Strong Solution
April 19, 2010
I'M AS SILVERSMITH AND I HAVE A QUART OF HOOVER & STRONG GOLD PLATING SOLUTION .HOW DO I USE THIS TO PLATE SILVER?. ANY HELP WITH THIS WOULD BE GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED THANKS.SOLOMON CHADOWITZ
SILVERSMITH - New Jersey, USA
April 21, 2010
Hi, Solomon. Step 1 is to get an MSDS from Hoover & Strong. Plating solutions can contain cyanide or otherwise be dangerous. The general procedure is to clean the silver to a waterbreak-free surface, acid activate it, rinse well (never mix acid with cyanide!), then electroplate with a DC rectifier and platinum coated anodes, or a brush-plating stylus. (Sorry, I don't know whether this solution is designed for tank plating or brush plating).
There are whole books just about gold plating, but your local library should have one or more general electroplating texts. Good luck.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey
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