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Electroplating System Tin Zinc is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Product I have been restoring motorcycles for years, always sending my zinc out to be plated. I still do for large batches of large parts but there are always parts that come back looking bad or I find parts that I forgot to send. In 4 minutes I can plate bolts, nuts, bracket etc., that look as good and sometimes better than the stuff I get back from the professional plater!. I love this product and use it more and more now instead of the professionals! Like any other part coating process, cleaning and prep is the key to a good finish. I get a good finish everytime by simple following the instructions included in the kit.
Date published: 2011-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome DIY Product!!! I finally had a chance to use this kit on my fuel injector clips & I must say that I am very impressed with the results it gave me!! I used E.W.'s Rust Dissolver first to get any leftover rust scale off them, followed by a quick freshwater dip, & into the electrolyte solution for probably 2-2.5 minutes each. Considering that these clips are over $4.00 each & they come in a finish that doesn't match my polished fuel rails, this kit has already given me much of my value back in a durable finish that actually has a nice luster to it. I'm also going to go ahead & hit them with some of their Diamond Clear for bare metals as suggested, so that should really keep them looking great for years to come. Thanks Matt & the rest of the Eastwood crew for yet another great DIY solution!!!!
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works well ... but ... I used a 3amp plating rectifier instead of the batteries. Plated the lug nuts on my motorhome. Before I plated them, I got them down to 1,000 grit and polished them with black, then brown. The plating system works. However ... the metal is somewhat soft. It comes out of the plating solution almost white (typical of zinc). I polished them after CAREFULLY on the buffer with white and a soft bonnet. They came out nice. Plated some carburetor parts for the motorhome also and they came out very nice. This is NOT a chrome - so don't think you are going to get that. It's zinc with some tin. Hosed unplated and plated lugnuts with water ... the unplated ones immediately flash rusted. The zinc-tin plated ones are still rust free. So ... yes. It works. Gobbles up anode bars :-)
Date published: 2010-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from skeptical at first After researchiing all the available solutions, I was skeptical but took the plunge. Was very surprised with the great results. Restoring an old motorcycle with lots of small heavily rusted parts. The batteries as a power source was my biggest concern but it worked very well. Only issue is with a lot of small parts, I went through a lot of batteries. I also found that the best results were obtained by an acid etch followed by a thourough wire brush cleaning produced best results.
Date published: 2011-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More that Pays for itself in a short time This is a great little kit. I have already plated about 35 items with it, so it has more than paid for itself. The plated items have a sort of frosted look to them, but polished up very nicely to a bright polished chrome look. But keep in mind while it might look like chrome, it isn't as hard as chrome. I replaced the power source (two D batteries) with a plug in wall transformer of approx. the same voltage/amperage. That way I don't have to wory about changing batteries and the voltage stays at a constant level. I recommend doing the same if you use the kit very much.
Date published: 2012-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe our best new tool! I own a speed shop and we do a good deal of Quadrajet rebuilds. I used the kit today to plate some small parts and the secondary plates and the results where better then I even hoped they could have been. No drama at all, I followed the instructions and the parts came out perfect on the first try. You can still read the part numbers as if the parts where stripped metal. To make your life easier, use eastwood fast etch, I used many etchers but I will never use another.
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use, works well Easy to use, works well, not as good as a profosianal job, but you have more control of it. You should use a cheap timer to keep track of how long your parts are in the bath. Replace the batteries with a simple power supply makes a big differance if your doing lots of parts. Keep the plating solution inside a second container, as it leaches out and is very corrosive. I suspect a large glass jar would be better. If I had one to try I would. Other plastic continers can be used for long or odd shaped items. one batch of the solution will outlast 4 electrodes.
Date published: 2011-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for small parts & hardware I bought this kit to save some time/$$$ on those dozens (if not hundreds) of small zinc-plated fasteners and small parts on my five restorations. I'd have to rate the system as excellent, with the only detraction being that only one anode is supplied in the kit, and with a boxload of small parts, it disappears quickly. the finish once buffed is superb, and I found that on fasteners and smaller components that a fine brass wire brush brings out a nice shine. I assume a short run in a tumbler w/ glass bead media might have the same affect, but I have not tried that. My pre-plate prep included bathing the parts in a muriatic acid solution, rinse and dry media blast. This gave for superior final results. Sure beats an expensive trip to the platers..!
Date published: 2010-07-07
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Electroplating System Tin Zinc

Item #10049Z

Brings back the original brilliant luster to properly prepared metal parts


"At-home" Tin-Zinc Electroplating System brings a brilliant shine to your dull auto parts Electroplating is easier than you think when you use the Eastwood Tin-Zinc Electroplating System. It brings back the original brilliant luster to properly prepared metal parts.
  • Adds a brilliant chrome-like finish to brass, copper and steel parts
  • Also adds a corrosion-resistant, protective plating
  • Easy enough to do at home

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About Electroplating System Tin Zinc

This kit solves problems of sending parts out to expensive plating shops, or storing dangerous chemicals by allowing you to conveniently plate almost any metal part at home. This system brings a brilliant luster to properly prepared metal parts with a corrosion-resistant, protective plating resembling chrome but without the expense, hassles or hazards. Electroplating uses electric current to pull small amounts of metal from the positively charged tin-zinc anode bar through electrolyte solution and onto the negatively charged piece to be plated. The anode bar will last through dozens of parts.


The Tin-Zinc Plating Kit includes: 2 quarts of electrolyte (plating solution), anode bar, battery holder, funnel, a 100 gram tube of Autosol polish, an electroplating brush, goggles, pair of disposable gloves, and complete instructions.


We recommend PRE Painting Prep (10041 Z) and Rust Remover (16027). Diamond Clear Gloss for Bare Metal (10200Z) be applied after plating for improved durability.


Always use the Tin-Zinc Electroplating System in a well ventilated area. The electrolyte solution contains Sulphuric Acid. Wear eye and skin protection. Keep a source of clean water nearby to immediately rinse off any splash.


Made in the USA. 30 Day Eastwood Warranty.


This kit will plate steel, brass, & copper (no aluminum or die cast). Parts must be thoroughly degreased and derusted before plating. (We recommend PRE Painting Prep (10041 Z) and Oxisolv Rust Remover (16025). A clear coat like Diamond Clear Gloss for Bare Metal (10200Z) will improve durability. The Plating Solution typically has a cloudy appearance, and should in no way inhibit performance. Agitate slightly before plating. Store Electrolyte in it's original chemical container and place in a sealed plastic bag, between 55 & 95 degrees F. Use in well ventilated area. Avoid contact with electrolyte.

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