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Search you tube for info. I know of someone who uses these kits and the results are impressive. I am considering trying some plating myself however its not that expensive and a lot less messy to take your stuff to a zink plating company.
 

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For me i wouldn't even consider one of them they are messy and can take a lot of time to get the desired effect.I'm luck i have to firms within a couple of miles from me who are very reasonable and always give a good service.

I use these for powder coatings thay have a minimum charge of £15 and both the fork legs i had done on the wife's SV cost £18 each you couldn't do it home for that price when you take how long it would take you to get it back down to the ALi before coating them.

Blast Clean and Coatings Limited

I use this firm for galvanising and some anodising they do that said i've not wanted anything anodised. They don't have a fixed a charge but charge by the kilo of plating so again it's not expensive

SJ Andrew & Sons - Steel & Engineering Supplies Cornwall UK

Again though, new toys are nice to have and play with :D:D but it wouldn't interest me doing it at home i did do some plating in college years ago and thats where it stopped
 

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I would like to get into small item nickel plating - it polishes up beautifully. Seen it done in a show - looks easy enough. Not sure about galvanizing though.


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Some guys in the VMCC did nickel plating kits, the original kit guy died a few years ago, may be some links in the VMCC site.
The kits are/were used regularly for veteran vintage bikes as their bright finish was generally nickel
some off goggle
http://www.classic-plating.co.uk/index_files/Page497.htm
http://www.gaterosplating.co.uk/Bright-Nickel-Plating-Kit.php
http://www.frost.co.uk/automotive-electroplating.html
http://www.chronos.ltd.uk/engineering-tools/2011/new-complete-nickel-plating-kit-from-chronos-ltd/
 

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thanks for the replies , opinions and links :thumbup:,
I like being able to do things myself, so although it may easier to give it someone else to do its not as rewarding ,
think I might give one of the smaller kits a go and if it turns out to be more trouble than its worth I haven't wasted too much on it :smile:
 

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Galvanizing is a fairly rough agricultural finish, I would not use it on a bike.
The item is dipped in a tank of molten zinc.
Zinc plating is good and very cheap to get done, this is an electrolytic process not a hot dip.
 

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thanks for the replies , opinions and links :thumbup:,
I like being able to do things myself, so although it may easier to give it someone else to do its not as rewarding ,
think I might give one of the smaller kits a go and if it turns out to be more trouble than its worth I haven't wasted too much on it :smile:
Keep us updated Nick been toying with this idea myself :thumb:
As for galvanizing parts can be electroplated or hot dipped as said hot dipped is a rough finish but offers superior Resistance to corrosion
 

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Galv is also quite thick compared to plating.
it would look great on a country rat bike.
I like the sound of that :D
i didn't realize that zinc is a sacrificial Anode and electroplated steel is not that suitable for outdoor use as the coating is very thin so the zinc gets used up quickly well i live and learn I've been buying and installing post galv (hot dipped) steel for cable containment systems for years and didnt know that
 
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