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    If I have a chrome headlight Bezel, I assume I would electro strip off the chrome down to the nickle. Then do I simply forward activate the nickle and forward plate it with brass

    Please advise.....

  • #2
    Re: Brass Plating Help!!!

    First of all, why would you plate a bezel on a vehicle with brass? You'll need to lacquer it to stop it going green.
    It would be more practical to gold plate it.
    Follow the PNP gold plating instructions

    Activation is not a vital necessity.
    Simply strip the chrome using PNP chrome stripper, then gold plate.
    Mike Caswell
    Caswell Inc
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    • #3
      Re: Brass Plating Help!!!

      I agree with you about it turning green and stuff...however, its not for me...somebody wants it done



      • #4
        Re: Brass Plating Help!!!

        could you not use zoop seal on this project after the brass plate
        Jim Eaton


        • #5
          Re: Brass Plating Help!!!

          Too bad there's not a Titanium Nitride coating process that is friendly for the small shop/hobbist. As I am sure most are aware, Titanium Nitride is a very hard coating that is typically used to coat tool working surfaces as it is very hard and long wearing. Physically, it looks very much like Brass but does not tarnish or corrode. In addition to being used for it's hardness for tools (drills, knives, etc.) it has been used for several years to make "Brass" plumbing and ornamental fixtures that are guaranteed to never tarnish. I believe it uses some sort of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process to lay down a surface finish. Wonder if anyone has ever looked at what other plating processes might work? Maybe that is something that Caswell might look into. Would be a heck of a product to offer.



          • #6
            Re: Brass Plating Help!!!

            I agree with you Scott. I believe you are right on--it is a chemical vapor deposition process, and as I recall, it's done in a nitrogen environment of some sort. Even for pro shops, it's very difficult to get the TiN to stick properly. Not everyone claiming to have the process does it well.

            It would be nice if the brass process were foolproof, too. Even cyanide brass is a little tricky, and most of us don't want to handle that anyhow.