You are on the right track, we have a large bath that works very
well, nice bright surfaces. If you can use deionized water for
mixing the bath chemicals you will most likely get a better result.
Check out http://www.technic.com/home.htm for supplies and for great
tech support, they had a guy in Portland a few years back, you should
ask them if he is still around.
For your conductive paint try Electrodag, there is a guy out east
who sells small quantities for about $80, someone here will know the