Copper plating lead

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    Copper plating lead

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    Real copper? or is it copper powder coat? Good job either way.

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    Real copper. This is the test batch. I'm planning on making a barrel plater so I can do 200 or 300 at a time.

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    Looks like the way to go. They look good!
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    That sure takes home casting to a new level! Good job...
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    How long does the process take?

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    Took about 10 min for theses. I want to do at least 30 min of plating. Going to use a barrel plating method and do 200 to 300 at a time to start with.

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    Can you share, or PM me how its done?

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    Took about 10 min for theses. I want to do at least 30 min of plating. Going to use a barrel plating method and do 200 to 300 at a time to start with.

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    Let me put something together. I'll include a link to another plater's post.

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    Be sure and use fake names and sprinkle liberally with the word "hypothetically". I know one plating shop who found it necessary to open a facility in Mexico to stay in the plating business. There went 20 jobs.
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    The items I used are commonly found. First off this was a test to see how it would come out, my production process will be a bit more complicated.

    1. Root killer. Copper Sulphate.
    2. Distilled water.
    3. White vinegar.
    4. Table salt.
    5. Copper plate. This was a piece of copper pipe strap.
    6. DC voltage. I used a converter from an old cell phone. Found the voltage and amps on this to work best.
    7. Glass or plastic cup. Sour Cream cup.
    8. 3" +- of 6 ga copper to make a clip.



    Mix the Water 2 parts to 1 vinegar add 2 teaspoons of Root Killer and one teaspoon salt. Mix until all is dissolved.
    Attach the copper strap to the positive lead of the power supply. Immerse the plate to about 1 inch depth. You want to have about the same area of copper in the solution as you are going to plate.
    attach the copper clip to the neg lead.

    clean the bullet in alcohol or acetone, clip on to the copper wire. Totally immerse the bullet, trying to keep it off the bottom. Plug the power supply in. The bullet will start to plate. You can pull it out and check the progress.

    If the bullet turns black then you are too close to the positive terminal. I keep the bullet about 3 to 4 inches away from the positive terminal.
    Heating up the solution will aid in plating.

    This is what I plan on building only a bit larger. http://www.nulltime.com/zincplating/...te_barrel.html




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    WAY TOO COOL !!!!! I love it. Nothing like a little old fashioned American know how. This guy has made a trip to Sanford and Son and come up with a jewel.

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