- Pen plating puts on ¼ micron
- Flash plating (regular standard plating) puts on ¼ micron
- Hard plating is anything above ¼ micron.
Plating machine information and tips:
- For use on gold, silver, copper and brass
- The most traditional type of plating methods for jewellers for many generations
- The term gilding covers a number decorative techniques for applying precious metals on solid surfaces. This is why plating machines are also known as gilding units.
- Flash plating (regular standard plating) as a process puts on a ¼ micron of precious metal. It must be remembered that once initial plating has been carried out, you can’t keep “adding” plate on top.
- Its most important to mix all your plating salts/solution at once as all the ingredients must be used. This allows optimum performance on your plating quality and quantity.
- Place and operate your machine in a clean, dust free environment particularly away from polishing dust. This can cause problems as solutions can get contaminated causing their colour to come out dull.
- Do not handle the items to be plated with your bare fingers before plating as this can leave a deposit of grease on the item causing the plating process to not be completed to its fullest potential.