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Old Jul 12, 2012, 03:08 AM
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Plug N plate brass plating from (caswell)?


plug N play plate from Caswell..if so what are your thoughts on it?...or anyother pruduct that plates metals.. in a budget..
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Old Jul 12, 2012, 08:52 AM
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Check out Edís Plating brass parts thread.
Old Jul 12, 2012, 09:34 PM
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I've got this kit (still in the box right now) but from what I can gather there does seem to be 2 ways to put chrome on with Caswell.
One as Ed shows is to pour all the mixture in a container and dip the wand into the solution (this method has variables though, how much wand is submerged, how near or far the plated object is to the wand etc)
The other is to rub the wand soaked in the plating solution onto the job in ever moving concentric circles and build up the chrome plating that way.
I think the last method could be more time consuming and possibly not as thick but easier to control.
Anybody else tried both methods?

This is rubbing with the wand....
Brush Plating With The Caswell Inc Plug N' Plate Kits (10 min 49 sec)


This is dipping....
Nickel plating brass whistle top.wmv (3 min 31 sec)
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Old Jul 12, 2012, 11:33 PM
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I used both methods when I did the bright work for my Hacker 16' Gentleman's Runabout. IMO, dip plating is okay for small parts like hatch handles. Rubbing works better of bigger items like cutwaters, steering wheels etc.
Old Jul 13, 2012, 12:04 AM
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..and consistent results for both? no patches, dark spots?
(nice boat BTW!)
Old Jul 13, 2012, 12:27 AM
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This looks interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lG6O...eature=related
Old Jul 13, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Millertime,

Even though the process seems to use an abundance of product, the results look gorgeous!

Here is the link to the comapany:
http://www.customcreationpaints.co.u...rome-p-32.html
Old Jul 13, 2012, 04:23 PM
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I had some dark spots from dipping, and some were hard to buf out due to the location and size of the part. I think that rubbing gives a better finish.

For the smaller parts, I recommend getting the detail wands. I got the detail wands after I did the Hacker, because I wasn't satisfied with the results of dip plating. I'll use them on the next mahogany kit I build - after I finish the CG tug.
Old Jul 13, 2012, 05:01 PM
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The reflection in the plating is amazing. It really looks like a polished piece. I imagine they must have had a very smooth finish on the part before they sprayed it.

Pete G.
Old Jul 13, 2012, 05:43 PM
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The plug N play plate system from Caswell can give you excellent results or it can turn into a nightmare. The best advice I can give you is to practice, practice and more practice. To get good results the part has to be polished to a mirror finish, free of any scratches and very clean, I have spent hours polishing before cleaning and plating.

The only product I have used from Caswell is the copy chrome which is (Kobalt). The parts I have plated are still bright and shinny (no tarnish) after a year or two.

If you dip the part without turning it, it will plate on one side heavy and light on the back side. So the part needs to be turned so all sides will face the wand.

Ed
Old Jul 16, 2012, 06:53 AM
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thanks allot for all the replies you guys...would the Caswell kit give me enough material to practice with?.. this should be a sticky (all different way to plate and polish& cast) and maybe venture off a bit to the cut-water business..

casting in pewter
http://www.sculpturesupply.com/detai...ting+Materials
Old Jul 16, 2012, 11:03 PM
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The 8 oz bottle included in the basic Plug-N-Plate kit is enough to plate the fittings of several Dumas mahogany runabout kits.


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