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  • Pot Metal Or Not?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

    You can take a drop of acid, muriatic or sulfuric and drop it on the part. If it fizzes violently, it is pot metal.
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      Re: Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

      Would battery acid work? I would prefer to not tamper with my car battery. Is there a similar household cleaner/chemical that contains enough acidic trace amounts to produce the same chemical reaction?

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        Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

        Yes, battery acid = sulfuric acid.

        You can go to a hardware store and buy some swimming pool/concrete cleaner...that's muriatic acid.

        If you are doing plating, having these acids on hand is useful anyway. They're the basis for the pickels used to de-plate etc.
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          Re: Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

          caswell wrote:
          Yes, battery acid = sulfuric acid.

          You can go to a hardware store and buy some swimming pool/concrete cleaner...that's muriatic acid.

          If you are doing plating, having these acids on hand is useful anyway. They're the basis for the pickels used to de-plate etc.
          Thank you! I'll go to Ace first thing in the morning. Then hopefully to my friend's, to collect the bet money I will win.

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            Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

            I think a 50/50 split would be fair
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              Re: Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

              caswell wrote:
              I think a 50/50 split would be fair
              Well, maybe if he did'nt already owe me so much money. Maybe I'll be nice and deduct it!

              But if it is pot metal,what extra materials/solutions will I need?

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              • #8
                Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

                What kit of ours do you have?

                Most likely, you'll just need a Pot Metal Primer kit.
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                Mike Caswell
                Caswell Inc
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                  Re: Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

                  caswell wrote:
                  What kit of ours do you have?

                  Most likely, you'll just need a Pot Metal Primer kit.
                  I have the Copy Chrome Kit. When I am better at plating I will purchase the triple chrome kit.

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                    Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

                    Then you'll need the Pot Metal Primer Kit to plate over the Pot Metal before Copy Chroming.
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                    Mike Caswell
                    Caswell Inc
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                        Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

                        It's not just regular electroless nickel, it's a special Pot Metal electroless nickel.

                        Yes, nickel can be buffed to a high shine, but the Pot Metal E-Nickel can't. It's not designed as a finish plate.

                        You bought the Copy Chrome kit because you wanted a chrome-like finish without the hassle of real chrome. You can plate a part with Zinc and buff it to a high shine also, but it's not chrome and won't look like chrome. The copy chrome kit will.
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                        Mike Caswell
                        Caswell Inc
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                            Re: Pot Metal Or Not?

                            Not to worry - no offense taken.

                            The tank needs to be able to be heated to high temperatures and needs to be non-conductive. Glass and ceramics usually work best.
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                            Mike Caswell
                            Caswell Inc
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                            • #15
                              Also consider the new FLASH COPPER kit. Plates directly onto Pot Metal
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                              Mike Caswell
                              Caswell Inc
                              http://www.caswellplating.com
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