The cheapest method of chrome plating
Now I'm confused. You're suggesting that two identical metals are used connected to opposite terminals of a 5 volt DC output and screened with a piece of plastic. I've done a fair amount of plating but you're explanation of stainless steel for both the spoon and the metal strip just doesn't seem to make sense - but I am willing to hear the an explanation. That being the case, why not use two pieces of the stainless sheet
Last edited by thirdbike; Sep 29, 2021 at 02:21 PM. Reason: clarification
Been researching this a little today as college chem classes were more than 40 years ago. It seems I have forgotten a lot.
Anyway, putting stainless at the anode (+) will cause chrome to leach out of the stainless steel. It seems you need a Ph down around 1 and it can form as trivalent or hexavalent. The first being harmless and the second being a really nasty poison. Once in solution though, you can reverse the process and deposit it back onto the cathode (-) although I don't quite understand which version is being deposited. It seems a lot depends on the electrolytic solution and the base metals.
I do remember a lot of shops that did chrome plating were put out of business when they tightened up the regulations
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