How to Restore Silver Plated Items

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You may have some silver pieces, which have lost the silver plate, and you hate seeing your beautiful and treasured possession go down the drain.

Losing shine and getting tarnished should not be the end for your precious silver belonging.

All is not lost! Their glory can be restored!

You can get the silver plate restored and to make it better. They will just look as day one.

So how do you get started on the process?

First, you can try requesting information from the manufacturer. It is recommended that you call the manufacturer of the pieces, they are in a position to give you recommendations for professional plating.

If you find it hard getting a company recommendation, you can ask around, perhaps satisfied customers, they will give you contacts or referrals who can offer commercial silver plating services and help in restoration of your silver pieces, giving them new life.

Finally, if these two suggestions do not work, or you have no way of finding them, there is still another option where you can check through the Internet or the local yellow pages, these options will give you places where you can get silver plating.

What are the methods used for silver plating?

Electroplating

This process uses electricity, where a chemical reaction leads to silver fusing to materials such as brass, copper or bronze.

This requires an expert working in a professional environment where all necessary precautions are met. It may not be possible to do it at home.

However, this is not the only procedure present to help in restoring silver plated items. There are other methods which you can do on your own, using locally available materials and still achieve the desired results.
Do it at home option

For those who would like to do it at home, there is a process using materials which can be obtained from local stores. With home options, similar techniques apply; single solutions kits, available in supply stores will achieve the desired results.

Your local retail stores you can get these solutions, right from the boutiques, certain chemists and drug stores. If you do not get them in these stores, online shops are also an option where they can be acquired conveniently and at a fair price.
Moreover, web shops offer a variety of plating solutions, which will give the silver items a new look and help you enjoy the favorite possession for a longer period.

Preparation of items

Start by gathering the items to be plated. Wipe them using a clean and dampened piece of cloth. This is done to remove the dust or grime which might have accumulated on the items, especially non cooking silver containers.

Doing plating on dirty surfaces does not give good results you’re Also, given that you’re dealing with chemicals here, some of surface dirt might react with the base metal or the silver plate, permanently damaging the precious piece.

Once you have cleaned the item make sure to air dry it using towels. Although paper towels can be used, they are not recommended, as they are likely to leave some particles, which might corrupt the working space.

The plating results will greatly be determined by the preparations which you carry out before this process, so make sure you do it thoroughly to avoid poor plating or bad effects on your silver item.

Immersion plating

For the mildly tarnished silver items, this is the plating option which may work perfectly in the restoration of silver items.

The items are simply dipped into the solution; alternatively, one can also wipe the solution onto them. The immersion plating process largely involves a battery and provision of a voltage which dissolves the exposed materials while forming a coat on the bare areas.

While using this option, it is advised that one should have the instructions written down for reference purposes. In addition, caution should be taken through wearing gloves, using protective gear such as goggles and working in a well-ventilated area.

Although this method is recommended for silver plating, it has some limitations, which require it to be repeated often especially for the items which are used regularly.

One must also note that there are metals which do not react with silver and hence no plating if that is the case. In such a case brush plating as well as electroplating options are recommended.

The flip side is that these options require skills, which might be a challenge to first timers.
It is also recommended that if you have no prior experience in this kind of task, you should avoid these options.

Because they may damage your silver items leading to a great loss.

Regardless of the method used in restoring silver plate, you should always all necessary precautions to ensure that the desired results are obtained.

Never try on something which you are not sure of as this may end up damaging the valuable possession or harming you.

All in all, it is possible to restore the glory of your silver item, go ahead and do it!