This type of gold plate is the best of the best. A K22 gold solution will give you the most durable high strength coat possible, but the solution does not come cheap. Because the product is more expensive and such high quality, we recommend only plating with it if you're a seasoned plater. If you're interested in plating with a lower karat, check out our blog posts that describe that process in our plating library. You'll also be able to find our article that explains how to set up your work space for plating.
It's time to set up the precious metal bath for plating! Pour 1 liter of TWL K22 gold solution into a 1 liter glass beaker and drop the magnetic pellet for stirring inside. Put the beaker on the magnetic mixer hotplate and heat to 110°F, letting it mix on a medium-slow setting for 15 mins. Install a candy cane-esque titanium bent anode so that the long end is in the beaker. Connect the positive lead of the rectifier to the anode and set the rectifier voltage to 2-4 (recommended 3 volts) and the plating time to 1-5 minutes. Now you're ready to electroplate gold!
Now, if you're plating a brand new item you can skip to step 5, but if you're plating an older piece or performing a repair you should complete all 11 steps. Note: when we say to used distilled water it is because distilled water is containment free and will ensure spot free drying.
Pro tip: you can reuse your electroplating and acid activation solutions but you should replace them weekly. All distilled water rinses should be replaced daily.
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