How do you make old rusty hardware like new again without having to visit a plating shop or buy new fasteners? This process can be performed at home with Eastwood's Tin-Zinc Electroplating System. It can also be performed with materials you can buy from any hardware store if you don't have time to wait for mail order.
Electroplating, as the name implies, is the process of using the flow of electricity to transfer tin from the anode to the cathode, which is the metal you want to plate. In electroplating, there is a cathode (-) and an anode (+). The anode gives up its metal (tin) to the cathode. The anode and cathode are submerged into an electrolyte consisting of distilled water, sodium hydroxide, and zinc-oxide powder.
There are several approaches to this electrolyte formula and this just happens to be one of them. Individual shops and enthusiasts have different cocktails depending on the desired result. Remember—acid into water, never water into acid. Always protect your skin, face, and eyes from these elements with gloves and a face shield.
You can buy these ingredients separately or you can order Eastwood's Tin-Zinc Electroplating System so it's already mixed for you. Chances are you will save money and time with the Eastwood system unless you're planning to electroplate parts that are too large for the Eastwood containers and chemicals. The system cannot be used on aluminum or die-cast, pot metal, or stainless metals.
The Eastwood Tin-Zinc
Electroplating System #10049 includes:
Two-Quart Electrolyte Plating Solu- tion
Tin-Zinc Anode Bar (-)
Battery Holder for two "C" size batteries with positive (+ Cathode) and negative (- Anode) leads
Autosol Polish for finish work