I am looking for an alternative strike bath for nickel strike on stainless steel. I am unable to use a strike bath that contains hydrochloric acid. Any suggestions? I. J.
Most of the standard processes used for activation of stainless steels involve the use of hydrochloric acid. The Electroplating Engineering Handbook, 4th Edition, edited by Lawrence J. Durney gives the following procedure that does not use hydrochloric acid:
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