TRIPLE CHROME PLATING LINE
Pictured here is another
example of a triple chrome plating line. This line was
set up for doing zinc die cast and pot metal restoration.
The line includes the Electroscrub, Alumkleen, Activator,
Alkaline Copper, Bright Copper, Bright Nickel, and Kleen
Chrome (old school chrome) as well as TC Chrome (trivalent
The Electroscrub is used to
clean steel, brass, lead, pewter, and copper parts.
Alumkleen is used to soak and clean buffing compound off
aluminum and pot metal. Metal Activator tank prepares
various metals for electroplating by micro etching and
activating the base metal to be plated.
Pictured above is the
Alkaline Copper tank. This solution is used for strike
plating any metal to insure greater adhesion of the
proceeding plating processes. This solution is very
stable and very easy to use. It requires very little
Bright Copper is a
high efficiency copper plating solution that plates faster
than almost any other plating solutions and is used to build
up a thick coat of copper. This thick copper plate is
used to fill in machine lines, pits, and other minor
imperfections in the base metal. This coat of copper
can also be buffed to a high shine.
Bright nickel tank is pictured here from
two separate angles. Bright nickel plates a bright,
shiny, chrome like finish on a part that resembles chrome
plating. To the right is the nickel rectifier and the
chrome rectifier. The smaller white rectifier is used
on nickel because it does not require much amperage to
plate. The blue rectifier puts more amperage because
both forms of chrome requires more plating amperage to plate
properly. TC Chrome requires about 4 times more than
nickel and Kleen Chrome requires 7-8 times more than nickel,
which is double the needs of TC Chrome.
Above are the two chrome tanks. The
one on the left is the TC Chrome, which is trivalent base
chrome. It is easy to used and very lightly regulated
by the EPA. The tank on the right is the Kleen Chrome
tank. This is what many refer to as 'chrome'.
They both are chrome and each of them has advantages and
disadvantages. Not sure which one to use, why not set
up both as is the case with many commercial shops. You
get the best of both worlds.
The final group of pictures are photos of
the waste treatment center. Because this shop has only
a 200 gallon triple chrome line and a 60 gallon decorative
color anodizing line, there is not a large rinse water
disposal need. The one hundred fifty or so gallon of
rinse water produced each day by this shop is easily removed
by this evaporator system. The rinse water is pumped
into a storage tank and then sent to the evaporator and each
hour about 20 gallons of water is evaporated off by this
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