SOTP Vintage Series
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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Upstate NY
Other Motorcycle: A few
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...I've been thinking of substituting ... zinc chloride ... anyone know anything about this?
|What I use works for me and is dirt cheapm So, if it ain't broke, I don't fix it.|
One of the reasons you use Epsom salts instead common table salt, which would work just as well, is because the electrolysis process would cause the solution with table salt to release chlorine gas, or so I've been told. Given that is is NaCl, I can see that happening. Epsom salts are MgSO4.
Chlorine gas + plating set-up in the basement = dead plater.
Acebars--My bath is zinc chloride and ammonium chloride. It's called an acid chloride bath (even though there is no acid added), and Google will turn up a lot of info on it. I add a small amount of gelatin, which is supposed to give finer grain (don't know--never tried without it).
These baths don't give off chlorine. Chlorine much prefers to be ions in solution rather than a gas. There will be small amounts of hydrogen and oxygen, but I believe this is true no matter what the chemistry.
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