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What is brush plating and how does it work? Brush plating is a way
of electroplating gold, silver, copper and other metals without the use of a tank. As you can see in the picture, the gold plating solution is brushed on and with an electrical current supplied by the plating machine, the pure gold in the solution bonds to article being plated.

How could this process be useful to me? If you have
anything electroplated, or if you're involved in electronics, antiques restoration, jewellery or model making, and want to be in control of your own electroplating process, this kit may well be ideal for you.

Why choose us? We go the furthest to ensure your success in brush plating by supplying you with;   Our exclusively designed plating solutions which provide consistent, top quality plating results. Our fully illustrated manual, written with the complete beginner in mind. It takes a project led approach and starts with the basics of brush plating, gradually taking you through to more advanced techniques. Competitively priced technical backup and training packages offered by a number of our highly-trained operators.

Real Gold Company INH. Roxana Betzmann Steigerstraße 1 D-93142 Maxhütte-Haidhof Tel.: +49-(9)9471 – 308 67 05 – Fax: 308 67 06 Email: real-gold@t-online.de exclusive.realgold@post.com Homepage: www.real-gold.de

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--------- Electrodes---------For every plating situation the perfect Electrode

Stainless Steel Electrode 4 mm RG-001 or 6 mm RG-002

This electrode is ideal for chrome stripping and electro-cleaning. To swap over to a stainless steel electrode, simply loosen the existing electrode using the allen key which comes free with the wand, and fit in the new one. Stainless steel electrodes should not be used for any other processes such as the metal can cause contamination of the plating solution resulting in considerable wastage of gold metal. Selecting the best electrode for the job is very

Platinum Electrode: RG-003 We understand that when you are gold and silver plating, only the best, top quality results will do. Our platinum electrode (platinum plated titanium) will meet your demands and more; It won't wear with use or darken the swab as is the case with a carbon electrode. For top quality gold plating, we highly recommend the use of this electrode.

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Silver Electrode: RG-004 If you are plating very large items or are a regular user of silver plating solution, then using the silver electrode will save you a considerable amount of money. It is made of electrolytic-grade, 99.9% pure silver. It dissolves in the plating solution replacing the silver that is plated out on the work. Laboratory tests have proved that using this electrode can give you an overall financial saving of between 40 and 50 percent. Please note that this is the electrode only. The picture above of the electrode assembled in the wand is only for illustration.

Carbon Electrode: RG-005

Carbon Electrodes are a low cost alternative to the platinum electrode. The do however deteriorate over a period of time and discolour swabs, though the discolouration does not affect the plating quality.

Copper Electrode: RG-006

To plate copper alkali or acid please use this copper electrode.

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RG-007 Coiled Cable for RG-2000

Fully extended they are approximately five feet long and retracted about one foot. We have s designed custom cables intended for maximum life. The cables are doubled for strength and the banana jack wire connections are sealed from exposure to the corrosive solutions.

--------- Anode Sleeves --------RG-008 Durable Cotton Sleeve 4mm:
This durable cotton anode Sleeve are custom designed to reach into tight recessed areas. Easy on, easy off, no rubber bands.

RG-009 Fuzzy Sleeves:

Fuzzy fluffy Swabs Great for plating on all surfaces Good for general brush plating jobs too as they hold more solution, which means less dipping and a quicker job.

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Durable Cotton Sleeve 6 mm: RG-010

This durable cotton anode Sleeves are custom designed to reach into tight recessed areas. Easy on, easy off, no rubber bands.

Conductivity Tester: RG-011

The conductivity tester allows you to check that your work is conductive before you start, by simply touching its surface with the probes. If the needle clearly moves, then it is conductive and you can go ahead with plating. The tester is particularly useful if you intend to plate things made of brass or gold plated bathroom taps. These items are often coated in an invisible, non-conductive layer of lacquer which is applied by the manufacturer to reduce tarnishing. It is also essential when plating on plastic to check that your painted silver layer is conductive.

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6 RG-012 Mini Contact Probe red or black:

The small probe is used for making electrical contact with the article when pen plating very small areas such as jewellery. It is particularly useful when plating car badges insitu and for making contact while repairing contacts on printed circuit boards.

RG-013 Crocodile Clip:

This rust proof clip is designed to give a very long service life of up to one hundred times that when compared to their nickel or zinc plated steel counterparts. Made from the highest quality, rust proof parts, this clips is guaranteed to eliminate all problems caused by rusty contacts. Well worth that little bit extra!

RG-014 Stripping Tank :

The stripping tank allows you to remove chrome from one or more items while simultaneously activating or gold plating another. Removes chrome almost instantly from the entire workpiece .

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7 RG-015 Drain Pan – Grounding Tray :

Ideal solution recovery resovoir and electronic plating table.

RG-015 A 1x Drip Tray:

These are the ideal size for most brush plating jobs and contain 100 percent of spills or drips saving both time and money. These trays are fully stackable making storage very easy.Please note: The price below is the price for a single tray.

RG-016 Beaker for RG-2000:

These beakers come complete with tops to minimise waste due to evaporation. It is also very useful for our mobile plating customers as it allows the electroplating solutions to be transported easily. It fit perfect for RG-2000 beaker holder.

RG-016 A Beaker:

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These beakers come complete with tops to minimise waste due to evaporation. It is also very useful for our mobile plating customers as it allows the electroplating solutions to be transported easily.

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RG 017 Red Lead with banana jack:

These leads are ideal for plating every surface.

RG-018 Black Lead with Jack and Clip:

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These leads are a must for any use of brush plating equipment. Suitable for all brush plating processes.

RG-019 Electrode Handle:

The electrode handle is is used to hold the various electrodes required throughout the plating process. The Electrode Handle will hold all of our rod-shaped electrodes including the stainless steel electrode, which should be used for chrome stripping and cleaning only, the carbon electrode which can be used for plating all metals and the platinum electrode which can also be used for plating all metals.

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RG-020 Plating Pen with 5 Nibs:

With the Plating Pen, you will be able to plate selective areas with ease. Recessed areas that are normally difficult to reach with larger wands will now be readily accessible. The Plating Pen can be used additionally to complement the Power Plating Rectifier. It is especially useful when plating PCB end contacts or small items of jewellery to name just a few examples. Its economical application, with minimal wastage makes this a very cost effective addition to the small plating workshop. Whether it is touch up or full plating of small items with; palladium, silver or gold, Real Gold will have the solution for you.

RG-020 A Nibs for Plating Pen:

Due to customer demand we are now selling our specially sourced pen nibs direct. Their tightly spun cotton tips ensure that they keep their compact shape throughout the plating process and use the minimum amount of plating solution

RG-021 Large Flat Stainless Electrode:

This electrode is ideal for preparing large, flat areas such as clock faces, name plates table tops and doors. This electrode should be used for chrome stripping and cleaning only. For activating and plating large areas, we highly recommend the use of the Large Flat Platinum Electrode.

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RG-022 Large Flat Stainless Electrode with Lead and Swab:

This electrode is ideal for preparing large, flat areas such as clock faces, name plates table tops and doors. This electrode should be used for chrome stripping and cleaning only. For activating and plating large areas, we highly recommend the use of the Large Flat Platinum Electrode. With 1x red Lead and 1 Swab.

RG-22A Large Flat Swab:

The large Flat Swab, used with the Large Flat Stainless Steel Electrode and Large Flat Platinum Electrode, is ideal for plating large, flat surfaces such as clock faces and name plates and dials. Like our other swabs, it can be reused many times. This electrode is designed for use with the Large Stainless Steel Electrode and the Large Platinum Electrode. Designed with the end user in mind, simplicity at its best!

RG-023 Curved Electrode :

To reach difficult surfaces, Electrode with Electrode Handle

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RG-024 Mixing Kit:

Essential in preparing solutions for coloured gold, bronze. Saves you money by making sure you get your measurements spot on!

RG-024 A Expansion Box for RG500/1000:

The main advantage of the new improved switched Expansion Box is that it allows you to move seamlessly through the brush plating process, without having to plug and unplug the connections at the rectifier. All you have to do is flick a switch, if you want to reverse the current for chrome stripping. Another useful new feature is a flashing red light which warns you when you are in stripping mode. This helps prevent one of the most common problems in brush plating; going into the activation stage with the electrical current flowing in the wrong direction, which can cause damage to the work. And of course, not having to stack the connections at the rectifier keeps everything tidy and helps prevent electrical problems.

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RG-024 B Safety Glasses:

Our solutions are not rated in the higher categories of danger however, safety glasses and gloves must be worn at all times during the brush plating process.

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RG-035: Metal Preparation:

A useful addition to our product range is Metal Preperation surface conditioner. This has a unique formulation that removes even the most stubborn of silicone and hardened waxes and includes a cleaning agent to help prepare the surface for plating. It also has a polishing effect that will assist in brightening the item to be worked on. Once the MetalPrep stage has been completed, you should go through the cleaning and activation stage or rub with Metal Prep Ultra prior to starting the electroplating sequence.

RG-036 – RG-037 Metal Polish Ultra:

MPU is a compound developed to be rubbed onto the work piece with clean tissue and has many different uses a few of which are listed below:
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Can replace the need for cleaning and activating saving both time and money. Is ideal for clearing burn or other marks produced during the process enabling the operator to simply rinse and continue the plating process. Makes a very good polish on its own.

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RG-038 – RG039 Metal Polish Ultra Fine:

MPU Fine is as the name implies; a fine version of our MPU. It is ideal when working on thin flash coatings of gold as it removes the minimum of metal. If further plating is required, just as with Ultra, then all you have to do is wipe well with a clean paper towel and continue plating. As the particle size is no more than the wavelength of visual light, there is no chance of leaving any scratch. The scratch-free property of MPU makes it excellent for polishing very soft surfaces such as gold and silver plate. Even the smallest solid contaminant on a swab or final polishing cloth will produce a scratch in gold and silver. MPU fine polishes these scratches out whilst protecting the properties of the plated layer.

RG-040: Cover Stick for partial plating:

Bring it on the surfaces which you don’t want to plate. Let it dry. Than you can plate only the conductive surface. After that you can rub it down.

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RG-041 Metal Care:

This non-abrasive cream brings out the final lustre on any plated surface and cuts out the hard work associated with final finishing. Added to this, it contains a special formulation that seals in the shine.

RG-042 – RG-043: Silver Conductive Ink:

Now, exclusive to Real Gold, a revolutionary conductive silver ink that you simply brush on. No spraying, no fuss, just apply with an ordinary artist's brush and get started with plating on plastic, wood and glass; in fact, virtually any solid material. A little goes a long way Not only is it easy to use - it's also incredibly economical. 1ml of ink will coat a surface area of two hundred and fifty square centimetres - that's roughly the equivalent of 5 golf balls.

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17 RG-044 Elektrocleaner:

We have put considerable research into developing a cleaner that, like the chrome stripper, does not attack paint. Cleaner is the product and performs wonderfully. Used with power, it lifts the most stubborn of dirt and helps reduce oxide layers prior to activation. This product is usable on all substrates and does does not mark or damage the surface as some other cleaners do. Used at around 10 - 12 volts, Cleaner is also very good at removing tarnish from silver and thin oxide coatings from copper and brass. Please note: Real Gold´s cleaner does NOT contain caustic soda - sodium hydroxide - which is corrosive and dangerous. It does not attack or stain paint.

RG-045 Chromeremover:

Real Gold has developed a chrome stripping solution that is non-corrosive and, due to its low hazard rating can be safely used in a tank. When used with the Power Rectifier, even the thickest of chrome deposits are removed with ease and efficiency. The same can be said of this unique product when wand stripping, it is extremely fast with minimal effort and produces excellent results. When chrome stripping, you can miss out the power cleaning stage as the stripping stage also provides ample cleaning action. Please note: Real Gold´s chrome stripper does NOT contain caustic soda - sodium hydroxide - which is corrosive and dangerous. It does not attack or stain paint.

RG-046 Aktivator:

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Activator is a good, general-purpose chemical for removing the strong oxide layer that forms on nickel and stainless steel. Some conventional activators are very corrosive. Without compromising safety, we have managed to blend a stronger activator with all the necessary strength to get the job done. At Real Gold, we pride ourselves on selling what we believe to be the least hazardous activator for brush electroplating on the market. Please note: Real Gold´s activator does NOT contain hydrochloric acid which is corrosive and dangerous. It does not attack or stain paint.

RG-048 – RG-049 Aluminiumpreparer:

With this Aluminiumpreparer you can remove the thick layer of Oxyd and bring on a layer of Zink. Than you can plate Nickel and Gold or other solution on every Aluminium alloy.

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19 RG-051 – 53 24 Karat Goldelektrolyt:

Our Gold Plating Solution has been formulated to be one of the hardest wearing and fastest gold brush electroplating solutions available. This fact, coupled with its fantastic coverage makes it our best selling product. We incorporate a preservative into the mix which gives it a very long shelf life leaving the gold in the the solution and not at the bottom of the bottle as with some other gold plating chemicals. Gold content: 8 grams per litre

RG-053 A K-Gold:

K-Gold has been developed primarily to be combined with our range of mixers to enable the plating of different shades of gold including the classic yellow gold - formed by mixing K-Gold with Yellow Gold Mixer that forms the 18 and 9 carat gold commonly found in jewellery. Another popular shade is rose gold, formed by mixing K-Gold with Rose Gold Mixer; green gold can be plated by mixing K-Gold with Green Gold Mixer. By combining two or more mixers, a vast array of coloured gold can be electroplated. K-Gold plated on its own forms a soft 24 carat gold layer. If plating onto nickel or its alloys, a gold flash undercoat will have to be plated first. K-Gold is completely free of cyanide.

Gold content: 10 grams per litre.

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20 RG-053 B Goldflash:

A number of plating processes require a thin undercoat of gold prior to subsequent plating. An example of this is when silver plating onto stainless steel, nickel and its alloys. In response to requests from our customers, we have developed a low-cost, 100% soft gold that plates a thin undercoat of gold which makes an ideal key for subsequent plated layers; this is know in the trade as a flash layer. Please note that this solution should only be used as an undercoat; the plated layer is too soft and thin for any other application.

RG-054 Rhodium:

To plate brilliant white and hard surfaces

RG-055 Black Rhodium:

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To plate black or grey surfaces like black Chrome

RG-055 A – RG-055 B Black-Ruthenium:

To plate black Ruthenium surface

RG-056 – 057 Nickel:

To bring on a hard barrier to steel.

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22 RG-058 - RG-059 alkalisches Kupfer:

Our Copper solution plates to a beautifully lustrous finish. It can be mixed with Bronze Mixer to produce different shades of bronze from red bronze through to brilliant white bronze. White bronze is increasingly becoming accepted in the trade as a replacement for nickel as it allergen free.

RG-060 – RG 061 Acid Kupfer:

To plate Aluminium alloys is sometimes good to use acid copper.

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RG-063 Tin:

Tin plating is used to protect ferrous (surfaces that can form rust) and nonferrous surfaces. It is used in the food industry for coating cooking utensils as tin is non-toxic. Real Gold´s tin solution is a high speed brush plating solution plating a non-brightened highly ductile deposit. The other main application for this solution is in the electronics industry.

RG-064 - RG-065 Zinc:

Zink is a good layer to protect steel and other surfaces of corrosion.

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Our latest development in alloy plating solutions is one that plates 70% tin and 30% zinc. Our tin zinc alloy plating solution is an environmentally friendly alternative to cadmium plating. It is two to three times more effective than cadmium and up to ten times better than zinc. The picture opposite illustrates the effectiveness of the process. Tin/zinc can also serve as a base coat for gold when plating on to steel and iron parts. Tin/zinc plates dull, but can easily be polished to high lustre with MetaPrep, MetaPrep Ultra or the Hand Polishing Kit. Tin/zinc has the following main advantages:
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An excellent alternative to highly toxic cadmium. Very good corrosion resistance Excellent solderability Very ductile Plates a uniform thickness, even in recesses.

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25 RG-067 A – RG-067 B White Palladium:

Our White Palladium Plating Solution plates a bright white layer, making it a great alternative to rhodium and bright chrome. Its hardness also means it’s a good flash coat over silver, slowing down wear and tarnishing. Added to this, at a thickness as low as 0.25 microns, it can be used as a very effective barrier to stop gold migrating back into copper when gold plating copper and brass. This makes it one of the most multi-functional plating solutions we sell! Main applications; • an excellent barrier layer when plating gold onto copper or brass • useful alternative to rhodium or bright chrome • a good, non-tarnishing layer, to be plated on silver • excellent for electrical contacts, as it doesn’t tarnish

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RG-068 – RG-069 Silver Cyanide Free:

Our silver is unique in its design and development. Real Gold has developed a silver brush plating solution that is totally free of cyanide. It Plates bright and not dull grey as is usual with these solutions. This alleviates the requirement for postplate polishing. Our new formulation also fills in minor scratches which also saves a great deal of time in preparation. With this low-hazard silver plating solution, you will be able to plate everything from antiques through to electrical components. It also has a very long shelf life. In fact, one operator, who was returning to the business, reported that he was using a bottle that was five years old!

RG- 070 Silver for Pen Plating:

Silver Pen Plating Solution is a highly concentrated electrolyte specially developed for all applications involving pen plating. With this solution, you will be able to build up layers of pure, stress-free silver in excess if 5 microns without having to continually replenish the pen. At a plating voltage of 5 volts, allow for a plating rate of 0.5 micron-per-minute. Silver concentration: 75 grams per litre.

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RG- 071 - - RG-072 Chrome Part A and B

Our Chrome Plating Solution comes as a two-pack system labelled Part A and Part B and is designed to be mixed using our mixing kit, which is available on our shop. For plating on stainless steel, we recommend you first plate a thin layer of gold with Gold Flash then plate chrome with a carbon electrode. Spectacular results can be achieved with our chrome solution, but we must point out that it is best suited to plating small items such as taps and door handles, as in the photo opposite. Chrome Plating Solution is not suitable for plating steel or zinc, re-chrome work or any parts that are going to be exposed to the elements.

RG- 073 – RG-074 Black Chrome:

Black Chrome plating solution - a popular finish on mobile phones and other personal devices - is another innovative brush plating solution developed by our chemist at Real Gold. It is a truly spectacular finish and should be considered as an alternative to black rhodium. Like our chromium plating solution, Black Chrome should be plated at 8 volts and and ambient temperature of 25 degrees C using a platinum (preferred) or carbon electrode.

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RG- 075 – RG-076 Platinum:

To plate a good layer of platinum.

RG- 077– RG-078 Palladium:

This solution is an ideal low-cost low-hazard replacement for platinum plating solution. Palladium is an excellent barrier layer and can be used in place of nickel which brings it into compliance with the latest EU directives for nickel-free jewellery. It is possible to plate our palladium up to three microns thick without colour shift or loosing brightness. We recommend a carbon wand, or preferably, a platinum electrode is used for plating this solution. Palladium content: 10 grams per litre.

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RG- 079 Yellow Gold Mixer only to mix with K-Gold:

This solution can be mixed with our K-Gold solution to create shades from 9 carat gold up to 22 carat. You will be able to accurately match your plate with the original shade on the piece of work you are renovating, or recreate any of the shades that are now so highly popular in the jewellery and antique business. This product is a replacement for our original gold mixer.

Please note that that Yellow Gold Mixer must be used with K-Gold only.

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RG- 080 Bronze Mixer:

Just like the other ‘mixer solutions’ we sell, Bronze Mixer can be added to our new copper solution to create a beautiful shade of freshly cast bronze. This brand new solution, exclusive to Real Gold, has been introduced as a replacement for nickel plating solution. Nickel is now banned by the EU for use in the cosmetic industry, as it causes nickel allergy in some people. White Bronze is the ideal substitute for nickel plate, where the surface of the metal is likely to come into contact with the skin, such as on costume jewellery or on spectacle frames. The main uses are listed below. A replacement for nickel to stop nickel allergy.
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Replaces nickel for use as a barrier layer when electroplating gold onto copper or brass. Makes an excellent key layer when plating silver onto pewter, Britannia metal or other high-tin alloys. Is similar in hardness to nickel with the electrical properties of silver but with superior corrosion resistance. White bronze makes an excellent undercoat for black chrome.

As with our other mixer solutions, you have the same flexibility to create the exact shade of bronze you require. At a low mix ratio it plates an attractive gold shade (2N) of bronze, a white, tarnish resistant coating which resembles nickel. The highest ratio is more like bright chrome.

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RG- 081 Rosegold Mixer:

Simply add Rose Gold Mixer to K-Gold to plate fabulously warm, lustrous tones of rose gold. All you need to do is mix the two together to create just the right amount of solution you need. We recommend you buy the mixing kit to make sure you measure out the correct ratios. A 1:10 mix will give you a darker shade of rose gold commonly used for eastern European jewellery, while a mix of 2:10 gives a mix not too dissimilar to highly polished pure copper, however this one does not tarnish.

If plating on to stainless steel, nickel or its alloys, first plate a layer of 24 carat gold to give a good, solid base on which to plate your Rose Gold layer.

RG- 082 Green Gold Mixer:

This is one of the latest additions to our product range. It is now possible to plate most shades of gold including green gold. This solution can only be mixed with our K-Gold to form beautiful shades of green gold. The great advantage of mixing the it yourself is that you have full control over the shade of gold plated from a light lime green tint to green gold sometimes referred to as antique gold. It is of particular use when plating jewellery and the inside of metal ware objects such as chalices, sugar bowls and napkin rings. You will also need the Mixing Kit to measure out the correct ratios of gold to mixer.

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RG- 083 White Gold Mixer:

This solution, which is added to K-Gold, allows you to plate hardened white gold. It is completely free of nickel and can be used in all applications where the item is likely to come into contact with skin. White gold, despite its name, is grey in colour. For this reason it is usual to top coat with palladium, rhodium or platinum. White Gold Mixer, in smaller volumes, has a bleaching effect on gold. It can also be used to lighten rose gold forming a light pink colour.

It should be plated at 4 volts using a ratio of 2 parts mixer to 10 parts K-Gold. We highly recommend the plating is carried out at room temperature.

RG-084 Thickener:

Thickener powder may be added to any of our solutions to thicken them up. The resulting gel is ideal when plating car badges and bathroom taps in-situ where you want the solution to stay on the work and not run away.