Chrome plating can be used for two purposes:
Hard Chrome Plating is often used in industry to build up areas that are subject to wear, pistons, firearms and golf club heads. The anodes are shaped, or "conformed" to the part being plated, to assure an even plate.
Hard Chrome plating requires large amounts of DC current (approx 2 amps per square inch). This makes the larger operations more impractical for the smaller workshop.
You can chrome plate with a 6 or 12 volt battery, or charger, but if larger parts are involved, you may need to use 2 batteries. The higher amperage required can also be controlled by the inexpensive construction of a 'salt water rheostat', a device made from a plastic tank, some salty water and 2 metal plates. Full instructions are in the Complete Plating Manual.
Acid mist is produced during the chrome plating process from the vigorous action of the higher current used. This mist could be compared to dropping several 'Alka Seltzers' into water, and needs to be controlled by either making a small fume hood, (a cooking stove hood is ideal) or wearing a respirator fitted with 'Acid Gas' cartridges. Fume Control Balls and chemical mist suppressant are supplied with the kit to reduce this problem.
The Chrome Crystals supplied with the kit contain sufficient chrome to plate over 1000 square feet of chrome plate per gallon of made up solution. You should never need to replace this material. The Chrome is removed from the Chromic Acid solution, and the anodes are not sacrified. It is unnecessary to replace these anodes.
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