Thanks!Soul_Man said:Trekker, that looks awesome. That's one of the reasons I got my set was to coat little parts like that in my resto, so I'm glad to see how well it turned out.
I used an old nokia phone charger 3.5vdc 750mA. I have a pile of old transformers laying around at various voltages/amps. Using your battery charger would work but make sure you apply ohm's law to calculate the correct aperage. If I was going to do a lot of parts (and I'm gonna do most of the plated parts on the 40) go with a variable p/s. There are a pile of them on eBay and also available for electronic supply houses. I saw one at a flea market last week and I'm gonna go back and see what they want.Soul_Man said:1.) What are you using for power? the ones Caswell sells are $$$$. I was going to use a battery charger and try to hook it up to a rheostat (dimmer switch??) with an ammeter. The way to mention to do it with screwing/unscrewing light bulbs sounds like a pain in the arse.
Yes it is seperate. Most of these chemicals are available for cheap. One thing the Caswell kit does not tell you what they are! There is a bunch of info available on the net for plating, but unless you plan to do some large scale plating, paying the $$$ for the Caswell kit is a time saver.2.) Is the zinc and chromate a seperate set? I got the triple chrome (also want to do some motorcycle parts...) so I guess I need a zinc set (I forget if mine came with any zinc, I know I have about 6 buckets and all kinds of stuff ) SORRY: answered my own quesiton, there is a zinc/cadmium set and the yellow chromate is a solution in addition to the zinc set.
I have one... the best friend a cruiser head can have but I need to get some brass and nylon wheels. The problem is getting in the nooks and crannies. Rust hides EVERYWHERE. I have been using electroplating to de-rust/de-plate parts but then you still need to get in those crannies. Good idea about striking with copper. I've heard that nickle works well too. But I'm just gonna "rough it". It's a cruiser for heavens sake. I need to learn when to stop friggin detailing s***.3.) For getting it smooth you may want a bench grinder/wire wheel. You can also copper plate it and then buff down the copper for places you need to look really good (copper is soft and supposedly you can buff it out mirror smooth)
Correct.PS: Just checked the Caswell site: looks like the Chromate is applied by JUST dipping in solution and drying without any electroplating? is this correct?
I had to look back at the reciept. He has on the receipt that it is yellow zinc. The total cost to plate the brake lines, vaccum lines, brake booster, bunch of brackets, pile of bolts and chrome plate the ashtray and ashtray surround was $142.Gus said:Ground Up, how much $$$ did you drop to have the brake booster plated(if you don't mind me asking), looks very nice.