When you use the solution for (silver) plating, do you put the
used portion back into the original bottle for storage? --- or does
this contaminate the unused solution?
G'day; my suggestion is that you keep the used solution in a
separate bottle. Whilst the original would probably not be adversely
contaminated, it might be sensible not to chance it. If the
electrode connected to the positive wire is of pure silver, then the
plating bath will be constantly be replenished from the electrode,
which will of course, wear away.
How long can the solution be used?
Until plating no longer occurs.
Would appreciate input on storage and useage of plating solution.
Store plating solutions in a dark cupboard in dark bottles properly
and distinctly labelled in big letters, "SILVER PLATING SOLUTION'
'POISON!' If children are about, then the cupboard should have a child
proof fastening. The bottles should be tightly stoppered but not with
ordinary corks, and MUST NOT BE FOOD DRINK BOTTLES. Since many plating
solutions are not too good for skin, wear protective rubber or plastic
gloves and wash the hands after use. Wear protective glasses when
using any chemicals. > --
John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua Nelson NZ