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Author Topic: Cooper and zinc plating  (Read 1721 times)
W8RLC
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« on: December 22, 2018, 07:49:34 AM »

I have attempted to contact a few places that advertise as doing plating. A couple responded only large jobs and the others no response at all even one mentioned in ER. Anyone know of a firm that does accept parts from old radios,i.e. chassis, etc. for replating?

Title should read "Copper and zinc replating"
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KI4VEO
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2018, 08:21:00 AM »

K&L Plating


https://www.klplating.com/processes/zinc-metal-plating/?keyword_session_id=vt~adwords|kt~%2Bzinc%20%2Bplating|mt~b|ta~295890463127&_vsrefdom=wordstream&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwpaM3uqz3wIVSlqGCh1FhwbwEAAYASAAEgItVvD_BwE
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W8RLC
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2018, 08:33:58 AM »

Thank you - I have asked them for a quote. To bad they do not do copper also.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2018, 08:45:21 AM »

Both zinc and copper electroplating you can do yourself. There's a book published in the UK called 'Electroplating' by J Poyner, ISBN 0-85242-862-6 which tells you the how and where.
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W8RLC
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2018, 09:27:12 AM »

Thanks Peter, found it on Barnes & Noble for a very reasonable price.
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WA4JQS
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2018, 06:58:58 PM »

BROWN BROS PLATING IN KY . plated a lot of motorcycle parts for me a few years back.
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N8CBX
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2018, 09:09:35 AM »

I purchased a copper plating kit from Caswell Plating.
https://www.caswellplating.com
But for a few hundred dollars more, I decided on a local plating shop here in Dayton to do the copper plating and I was impressed on how well it was done. It polished up very nicely, to a mirror reflection.

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W8RLC
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2018, 12:14:06 PM »

I purchased a copper plating kit from Caswell Plating.
https://www.caswellplating.com
But for a few hundred dollars more, I decided on a local plating shop here in Dayton to do the copper plating and I was impressed on how well it was done. It polished up very nicely, to a mirror reflection.

Jan N8CBX

Wow, those kits are expensive. I'll have to find an alternative.
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KD0REQ
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2018, 01:01:04 PM »

Deep plastic tub, copper sulfate solution, several surrounding anodes of copper flashint, and a battery charger ought to do the trick.
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W5RKL
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2018, 07:50:13 PM »

Heathkit used Copper plated chassis in their AT1 transmitter and AR3.receiver. I could be
wrong but I also believe the Heathkit DX-100 chassis's were also copper plated.

I recently fully restored a Heathkit AR3 and Heathkit AT1. The chassis's were
copper plated and both needed work. I perform the full restoration at different
times but performed the same restoration to both chassis. Once the AT1 and
AR3 were completely disassembled to a bare chassis, I sanded each chassis
using 220 grit paper and a vibrating sander. This removed a lot of the copper
plating and corrosion. I then painted each chassis using Rustolium Metallic
Copper paint making the chassis' look new. The paint had no negative affects
on conductivity.  The links below show the before and after pictures of the
AR3 and AT1 chassis. The AR3 and AT1 work great after the restorations were
completed.

While the Heathkit HR-10B did not have a copper clad chassis, I used the same chassis
restoration process when I restored one of my HR-10B receiver. I stripped the receiver to
a bare chassis, sanded the chassis, then painted the chassis with Rustolium
Metallic Nickle paint. The Metallic paint had no negative affects on conductivity as the HR-10B
operates very well, just as one wold when properly assembly in kit form back in the old Heathkit
Kit days..

Fully restored AR3
http://w5rkl.com/full-restoration-of-my-1956-heathkit-ar3-four-band-receiver/

Fully restored AT1
http://w5rkl.com/1953-heathkit-at1-transmitter-restoration/

Fully Restored HR-10B
http://w5rkl.com/restoration-page-2/

73
Mike W5RKL
www.w5rkl.com
RMC(SW) USN RET
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W8RLC
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2018, 08:58:01 PM »

Thanks Mike,

I have reviewed your projects and they look very nice. I may in the end have to go that route. I have 3 AT-1's to restore and 2 AR-3's, plus some lamps that the XYL wants restored.

73
Bob, W8RLC

Forgot to mention also 2 HR-10's. Enough work for the winter.
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2018, 07:02:23 AM »


Bob,

My next restoration project is my DX-60. I planned on fully restoring the DX60 this past summer once I finished
the scratch built HW-101 full restoration project. the HW-101 project is complete and it turned out fantastic,
operates like a new HW-191 built from a kit back in the 70s.

73
Mike W5RKL
www.w5rkl.com
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W8RLC
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2018, 10:06:08 AM »

Mike,

I found myself getting to many projects on the bench, so I have to get all the ones currently in progress or awaiting restoration completed
before I purchase anything else. I, like you, do not like to do a half-way job, so it takes awhile to complete. The one project that I am really looking forward to is the SB-110, bought it off the junk pile from a local ham. Its been cleaned up and waiting for a complete rebuild.

73
Bob, W8RLC
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W8RLC
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2018, 12:32:06 PM »

I assumed that the HR-10 chassis were zinc plated, but I am wondering if I have made an incorrect assumption?
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2018, 05:26:22 AM »

Was passivated cadmium plating for chassis ever popular in the US? Certainly was over here.....
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