Electroplating System Tin Zinc

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    "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

    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.


    Contents

    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.


    Accessories

    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.


    Safety

    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.


    Warranty

    Made in the USA. 30 Day Eastwood Warranty.


    Application

    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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    skeptical at first (Posted on 3/10/11)
    Review by William
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    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.
    Great easy-to-use kit! (Posted on 2/13/11)
    Review by ChargerAndy
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    I agree that this is a great kit! I used it when rebuilding a few carburetors. It worked great on all the steel linkages and plates. I start with beadblasting the part. Then I hung the part on a wire that would be used to suspend the part in the plating tank. Next I degreased with acetone or brake cleaner. Then I stripped the old cad plate. This was done by soaking the part in a 50/50 mix of water/battery acid. The part will bubble for a minute or two while the old pating is being stripped. Then a water rinse next. If there had been any rust on the part, I soaked in a 50/50 mix of water/muriatic acid. (never pour water into acid! always acid into water) Then another water rinse. Finally the part was plated. There will be a foaming action in the tank above the part as it plates. This is normal. Afterward, I lightly rubbed with 000 steel wool to give anice satin lustre to the beadblasted parts. It's really a nice finish!
    My only negative comment would be the price of the annodes. If you will plate a lot, order a few of them to save on shipping. One bar will go a long way though.
    I tagged on a photo of a typical before and after of a carb part. It's hard to capture in a pictrue, but it sure is a nice finish.
    Easy to use, works well (Posted on 1/15/11)
    Review by Steve
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    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.
    DIY Plating wth Great Results & Low Cost (Posted on 9/15/10)
    Review by Carl
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    I have to admit I was skeptical that this process would give me good results. But this product works! Now I plate every part that can rust before I re-assemble them. It is an extra step but it keeps those parts looking like they are new. And you really can use the brush method to do larger pieces that you can't dunk into the plating solution! I'm sold! " Get a good rust remover and then electroplate it", that's the ticket!
    fun product to use, (Posted on 8/31/10)
    Review by 51 f-5
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    Bought kit awhile ago,used it last weekend on my hinge peices for my tailgate. the finsh work on the metal was not great but the plating was nice.
    Great for small parts & hardware (Posted on 7/6/10)
    Review by Fairlaner66-67
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    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..!
    It works well ... but ... (Posted on 6/18/10)
    Review by dagunster
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    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 :-)
    Maybe our best new tool! (Posted on 3/12/10)
    Review by BullFrog Speed Shop
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    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.
    Great, but alot of work to polish (Posted on 1/25/10)
    Review by AURktman
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    This system is great for the price, my only issue is the amount of polishing required to put a high shine on the part after plating. I start with a polished piece, the plating leaves a dull finish, then ALOT of elbow grease to get it shiny again.
    Too easy! (Posted on 1/12/10)
    Review by Christopher
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    This system is so simple that I can't believe others don't use it. Everytime I disassemble something I HAVE to plate the hardware. Thanks.

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