does anyone know how to remove silver plate? I have a beautiful
teapot which is silver plate on copper with pewter handles which I
would rather have with the copper finish.
G’day. My first suggestion is that you should certainly NOT get
strong heat near your teapot. There is more than one way of stripping
silver plate from a base metal; one is by standing the article a short
while in a special chemical strip, but unless you are familiar with
working with strong acids and other chemicals, you should not attempt
it yourself. Another is electrolytic stripping - literally ‘plating
off’, and again, unless you have chemical experience, don’t do it! It
could also be abraded off, but this could provide an unsatisfactory
finish. The pewter handles would have to be removed; I suspect that
they are riveted in place, and the rivets would be simply drilled out
and then replaced when the processing is completed.
Finally, there are many companies who are prepared to strip and even
replate metal articles, and the charge isn’t very great; to them it
is a simple everyday process. I suggest you contact one.
Unfortunately I can’t give you any addresses as I live too far away
from you. Cheers,
John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua Nelson NZ