Gold Colored Deposit

Question: We want to plate a non-gold containing alloy as a final finish and in some cases as an underlayer for gold.


Question:

We want to plate a non-gold containing alloy as a final finish and in some cases as an underlayer for gold. Do you have any suggestions? M.I.

Answer:

A classic plating bath that has been used specifically for this purpose is as follows:

    Component Concentration
  • Sodium cyanide 8.6 oz/gal
  • Copper cyanide 4.0 oz/gal
  • Sodium stannate 4.6 oz/gal
  • Sodium hydroxide 1.5 oz/gal
  • Rochelle salts 6.0 oz/gal
  • Anodes Pure copper
  • Temperature 150-160°F

 

Very small quantities of lead are sometimes added as a brightener. Keep in mind that this is a cyanide-based plating bath and if you are not equipped to handle a cyanide plating bath this formulation is not suitable for you.