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    Default Nickel plating aluminium.

    Looking at Graeme's (Rover's) superb reel thread inspired me to dig out my anodising kit and have another go at gold anodising. The results just don't please me so I looked into alternative ways to prevent corrosion on alluminium reelseats. I ended up ordering a nickel brush plating kit from Gateros plating.
    The kit comes with everything you'll need. I didn't need the power supply as I have my own, so they left theirs out and reduced the price accordingly. I needed zincate to plate aluminium so they added that. Gloves, chemicals, plating mops, stainless wire to make more mops, even cotton buds for making little detail mops. Full instructions are included as well.



    The chemicals are cleaner, acid etch activator, zincate aluminium sealer and nickel plating solution.



    They suggest you start by practising on copper coins. The two pence piece is cleaned, etched and plated. The zincate isn't needed for copper.
    Before and after.



    Here's a polished aluminium disc to plate.



    I cleaned it thoroughly with isopropanol. any good degreaser will work.



    Then I connected the power source, live to the mop, negative to the disc.



    Then a quick dip in the zincate. Without zincate the nickel won't adhere to aluminium.



    Wait thirty seconds for the disc to turn a dull grey colour then rinse.



    Soak your mop in the plating solution.



    Turn on the power source. I got my quickest results at 8 volts but apparently it varies according to the size of the piece. You start low and build it up gradually. Too much power will burn it black.



    Start plating. After a second or two the surface of the disc started to dull down even more, almost going black.



    Nearly there after a few minutes.



    Finished, there are a few marks on the surface but these will buff out with metal polish.



    All buffed up and showing the reflection of the cable.



    And here's the reason why. I can now preserve the shine on aluminium parts without anodising. No matter how you try you always lose a little finish when you anodise. Nickel plating increases the shine and still protects the metal.

    A lightweight Payne Halstead style reelseat in nickel plated aluminium.



    Gold anodised versus nickel plated.



    Bright nickel plating serves as a base for black nickel, gold and silver plate. All of which can be done using this very simple method.
    I'm pleased with this, another string to the bow.

    Simon.
    "There are a thousand ways to make a fishing rod....most of them are right:- R.L. Nunley.

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    Default Re: Nickel plating aluminium.

    Very interesting Simon you're incredibly versatile.
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    Default Re: Nickel plating aluminium.

    Quote Originally Posted by black knight View Post
    Very interesting Simon you're incredibly versatile.
    Thanks BK, but really it's only a matter of reading the instructions and trying to not drink the bottles. It gives me the option to offer very light fittings instead of heavier nickel silver. Cheaper as well.

    Simon
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    Default Re: Nickel plating aluminium.

    Excellent - even more stuff to have a go at!!


    Graeme

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    Default Re: Nickel plating aluminium.

    Quote Originally Posted by splinters View Post
    Thanks BK, but really it's only a matter of reading the instructions and trying to not drink the bottles. It gives me the option to offer very light fittings instead of heavier nickel silver. Cheaper as well.



    Simon


    Very cool stuff Simon, Im going to move house three months after i returned from my fishing trip. I have more space for tinkering there. I like aluminium fittings better, it is lighter ages better. Lovely stuff keep postingNickel plating aluminium.

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