Just finished stripping the nickel off my brass font and I think it turned out pretty darn good! The pictures don't do it justice, but the brass is a nice, soft hue and looks great. The product is from Caswell plating and performed just as directed without any problems whatsoever; easy as can be.
Sorry for the double photo!
The title of your posting was deceiving and a real let down. I was thinking you'd found some bargain priced "entertainment".
Have you tried doing any plating?
That's actually pretty funny! No, never plated before but stripping it off was really easy!
Don't throw the batch out. It will work for a long time. Remove from heat as soon as you finish and let cool. Save it in a jug. When you loose volume, add distilled water. It will strip nickel until it's a black sludge. At a slower rate but it will strip.
Looks like Bill gets away with project work in the kitchen
Lucky, lucky guy!!!!!!!!!
Would you tell us more about the Nickel Stripper from Caswell Plating. Contact information and cost?
Muriatic acid will do the same thing.
The phone number for Caswell Plating is 315-946-1213; I think they are located in New York State. The stuff I used is called B929 Nickel Stripper and it came in a 2.5 lb. package. It is a powder stripper you mix with 1 gallon on water heated to 120 - 150 degrees. Once the product is completely dissolved, just suspend the piece in the pot and add some kind of bubbling air to circulate the stripper. I bought a cheap fish tank air bubbler and hose and used an old pot (yes, on our kitchen stove!). It took about 45 minutes and came out great! The 2.5 lb. mix cost $26 but freight was another nine bucks. What's nice about this stuff is that it is totally non-corrosive and you don't need any special equipment or gear to handle it. Also, there is no etching of the soft brass. Hey, if I can do it anyone can!
If you draw a direct line from Syracuse to Rochester, New York, Lyons is just about the center of the distance from each city.
The 315-946-1213 phone number translates to Caswell Inc. 7696 State Route 31, Lyons NY 14489-9116
Will muriatic acid due the same thing and not hurt the underlying brass ?????
No! Muriatic Acid will not affect nickel. In fact, it will dissolve all the steel from the exposed (inside) area and leave the nickel layer.
The B929 Nickel Stripper has a sulphur compound to help keep it from affecting copper alloy layers. This is the best and easiest way to remove nickel plate.
I have a couple of brass radiators that are nickel plated. How much volume will a package of B929 make? I've been wanting to return them to normal for years. Thought about fabricating a pan large enough to dip the top tank, and rotate it til both tanks and both sides have been dipped. What do you think?
Mike, the B929 comes in different sizes. Mine was the smallest offered at 2.5 lbs. mixed with one gallon of hot water. I don't remember the largest package size offered, but if you go to their website or call them, they will give you great advice! They were super nice to work with and answered all my dumb questions over the phone.