Stannous Chloride – Test For Gold,Platinum and Palladium Presence
Stannous chloride test solution is one of the most important tool and amost have for any precious metal recovery and refining process, this testsolution will tell you if there is presence of dissolved precious metals (gold,platinum and palladium) in a solution or not.On this article we will go over: how to make by your self Stannous Chloridetest solution, testing principles and show how test results should look like.
Making Stannous Chloride test solution:
Place 2 grams of pure Tin powder in an eye dropper bottle and Dissolve itwith 30 ml of hydrochloric acid 32 % (HCL). You can give it a short boil toget the reaction going or just let it react at room temperature, when stopfizzing & bubble and cooled down your stannous chloride test solution isready to use. You can change the proportions if you like, the main idea is todissolve the Tin with the HCL and remember those proportions since youwill acquaint yourself to the different results later in this guide.If you can't get pure Tin powder, you can use high Tin percentage solderand you may need to add a bit more metal to dissolve in the acid.Once your test solution is ready it should be clear and colorless and whennot in use, the eye dropper bottle should be sealed and stored in dark anddry place.Stannous chloride test solution doesn't last forever and have a shelf life of about 3 -5 weeks before it start to decompose and show test results slowlyand even false readings, we recommend to replace the test solution every 3weeks.
"In solution" – What is that?
Stannous Chloride test will help you test for precious metals that have beendissolved in acid solutions, much like sugar that have been dissolved inwater.It will not work on elemental metal such as powders or jewelry piece.Stannous Chloride is practically your eyes for that matter, to look into asolution and tell what's in a liquid, We can't stress enough the importanceof this test for the recovery and refining process of gold, platinum andpalladium.
A few basic rules and procedures to follow will ensure you the right resultsevery time.