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Galvanic nickel electrolyte from Betzmann Galvanik for self-nickel plating
Our absolutely high-quality galvanic nickel electrolyte has been specially developed for self-nickel plating and may be sold to private individuals without an end-use declaration.
Depending on the material of the workpiece as well as the detailed procedure of nickel plating you will achieve the following results:
reliable corrosion protection by a layer combination such as copper-nickel
chemically resistant protective layer against diluted acids, alkalis as well as air and water
diffusion protection for subsequent electroplating (e.g. diffusion from a base copper layer into the covering gold layer)
decorative protective coating with a high-gloss surface, which also serves as wear protection.
As an electroplating nickel electrolyte, our product is suitable for bath electroplating as well as for pin electroplating and pad electroplating. During nickel plating, the magnetic properties of the workpiece are retained and it exhibits a high-gloss silver-like color with a subtle yellow tint. Just as convincing as the final result is the high deposition rate exhibited by the nickel electrolyte.
Electroplated nickel - decorative or protective coating
If a simply formed workpiece or component is to be provided with a protective layer, we recommend the combination of copper and nickel. In this way, you immediately achieve reliable corrosion protection, which you would otherwise only achieve with pure nickel plating with a layer thickness of 25 to 50 µm. Only at these thicknesses does the coating have the required freedom from pores, since nickel electrolytes always deposit with fine pores.
However, electroplated nickel not only protects against corrosion. The coating, which is uncomplicated to apply, is highly resistant to dilute acids and alkalis and serves as wear protection.
If several electroplating steps with layers of different metals are planned, an electroplated nickel electrolyte can be used as a barrier layer. In this way, you prevent diffusion or color mixing of different layers. In all processes, it is irrelevant whether you use our nickel electrolyte for bath electroplating or for pin electroplating and pad electroplating.
For decorative plating, the combination of bright nickel and chrome is ideal for reliably achieving flat surfaces, although pure bright nickel plating may be sufficient depending on the application.
Application instructions for Betzmann Galvanik's Free Nickel Nickel Electrolyte (bright nickel)
Our high-performance Free Nickel Nickel Electrolyte is preferably processed at room temperature (range from 15 to 60 °C). It is suitable for all common metals, semi-precious and precious metals with the exception of aluminum, chrome (dechrome beforehand) and titanium.
If you plan to nickel plate stainless steel yourself, please be sure to use a nickel strike for pretreatment or gold plate in advance with Goldflash. to increase adhesion.
Before galvanic nickel plating, clean the workpiece particularly thoroughly. Remove rust completely and degrease the component, e.g. with isopropanol. Be sure to work with clean disposable gloves to avoid transferring skin grease to the workpiece.
The nickel electrode from Betzmann Galvanik is particularly recommended - this results in a very high range, as the nickel is permanently enriched.
Please pay attention to the following recommendations, depending on the electroplating method used.
Parameters (these may vary, please test):
Bath electroplating: 2.5-10V (approx. 5-6V recommended at 10cm distance).
pin electroplating: 6-12V (approx. 8-9V recommended)
Current density: 0.3-1A/dm² (up to 3A/dm² with bath movement)
working temperature: 15-60°C
pH value: approx. 3.5-4.5 (can be corrected e.g. with 10% sulfuric acid)
Deposition rate: approx. 0.3µm/min at 1A/dm² and 20°C
If the specified parameters are adhered to, a shiny and uniform nickel layer will form on the component.
Identification of the mixture:
Signal word: Caution
(contains nickel sulfate, nickel dichloride, nickel bis(sulfamidate), nickel di(acetate), diammonium nickel bis(sulfate))
H317 May cause an allergic skin reaction.
H412 Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
P102 Keep out of the reach of children.
P103 Read all instructions carefully and follow them.
P261 Avoid breathing dust/vapor/aerosol.
P280 Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection.
P302+P352 IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of water.
P333+P313 If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention.
P501 Do not dispose of contents/container with household waste and dispose of in accordance with regional/national regulations.