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A Step-by-Step Guide to Gold Plating

A Step-by-Step Guide to Gold Plating

Goldgenie training facility to accommodate newcomers in the business of Gold plating

The business of gold plating has been around for decades now, and many people are now looking into the prosperity of it. Like starting any other business requires in-depth research and strategic actions, such as selecting the right business guide and the most credible mentorship/coaching.

As a firm that has been around since the nineties, Goldgenie has deemed it fit to set up a fully-fledged coaching/training facility to accommodate newcomers in the business of Gold plating, hence creating a step-by-step guide to gold plating which has been made available in this article. So all you need to do is read through carefully.

To start with, it is essential to define the Gold plating concept from the basics properly. Gold plating is an electrochemical process by which a thin layer of gold is deposited on the surface of another metal. An electric current draws gold ions, which are positively charged, through a gold bath solution, allowing them to adhere to the negatively charged piece of metal. Gold plating is commonly done on pieces of old or faded jewellery to brighten their appearance.

Before going into the steps, you must have predetermined the type of gold plating kit you will need which in turn, is mainly dependent on the surface area of the item you intend to gold plate. While you may be needing a plating brush kit for large pieces of an item, smaller ones need an immersion kit to get started.

Having stated this, we would delve into the steps involved in gold plating and how you can start almost immediately following the guide.

Step One Preparation

The first and essential step is setting up the surface to be gold plated in terms of surface dressing, which helps to remove any impending impurities that may be around the object.

Cleaning/Washing

As comfortable and familiar this may sound to you, it is slightly different from the regular soap-and-water kind of washing that you know. It involves a series of chemical processes and reactions like electro cleaning, steaming, and ultrasonic cleaning. The objects are further rinsed in water after this step.

Striking

The next step is to practically strike (or coat) the metal by giving it a buffer layer, which is usually Nickel to enhance the bonding between the plating element and the item.

Rinsing

The piece is required to be further rinsed of impurities and dirt after the striking layer is successfully added.

First coating/Base Coating

This usually entails coating several layers of metals including gold, nickel, copper, and so on all on one particular piece.

Final Coating

This is a technical process that happens in a well-controlled environment, here the temperature, voltage, and time of the electroplating system is closely monitored before the metal to be Gold plated is dipped into the solution. Different metals require different temperature and voltage to work, so it is important to know what metal you’re working with.

Final Rinsing

After the completion of the final coating process, it is usually vital to properly rinse the metal one last time to ensure it comes out shining.

On some occasions, the right result may not be gotten the first time, when that happens, a new session may be required to set things right.

As pretty much simple and straight-forward as the steps look, it is important to get expert judgment and coaching at early stages to ensure one gets it right from scratch. If you are unsure of where to get the right hands to put you through, do not think twice before you contact Goldgenie.

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