An easy way to add that sleek new shine to your old and faded gold accessories is through gold plating. With the use of a kit, the gold plating process is won’t take much of your time with its relative simplicity. You’ll be able to complete several pieces in a single day. Take a look at our guide, simplified into 6 short steps.
Step 1 – Purchase a gold plating kit from a plating manufacturer or a jeweler according to your needs, costs, and level of experience.
- Before your choose a kit, look into its process through reading product reviews and articles, or visit a jeweler in order to discuss the process behind it.
- Gold plating kits can come to include solutions for 24-karat, 18-karat, or 14-karat gold.
- The color of your plating process may also vary when different metallic alloys, such as silver or copper, are added to the mix.
- A typical gold plating kit will come with a liquid gold solution, as well as an electrical supply linked with a plating brush or wand that helps direct the gold bonding.
Step 2 – Choose which item you plan to use your gold plating kit on, such as pieces of jewelry, car emblems, clock parts, or any other metal valuables.
- The majority of gold plated jewelry is done with silver as its base, but other metals like aluminum or copper can also be gold plated.
- Gold and silver have a tendency of diffusing into each other. What this means is that over time, the plated piece may become tarnished or dull looking as the gold plating begins to wear.
- Choosing to layer with copper will allow for a longer-lasting sheen due to it not being as reactive as gold.
Step 3 – Make sure the surface of your item that is being gold plated is clean before starting on the bonding process.
- Put on cotton gloves in order to avoid leaving any oils from your skin or other deposits on to the item.
- Some gold plating kids come with a cleaning solution, alternatively, you can manually buff the piece yourself by using a buffing tool.
- Your item’s surface should ideally be completely smooth.
Step 4 – You can test your items cleanliness by dipping it into distilled water and observing how the water moves off the surface as you remove your piece from the water.
- If the water isn’t forming small droplets or beading and slides off smoothly, your item is clean.
Step 5 – Follow the directions including in your gold plating kit to plate your buffed and clean item.
- Your item will then be placed within an acid solution, which is then charged from the gold plating kit’s power source with low voltage electricity.
- The gold particles will be bonded to the item with the help of the electrical current.
Step 6 – Once the gold has adhered to your piece, now is the time to rinse it under some running water.
- The drying time will be minimal.
- The gold plating on your piece will become hard and dried out almost immediately.