This acidic plating concentrate has been developed to produce bright, heavy and coherent platinum deposits which are totally pore free at a thickness of 0.6µm - 25µm.
Dilute to a platinum content of 5 g/l with demineralised water for general use. Where a higher platinum concentration is required, the appropriate quantity of Pt DNS solution should be added.
The platinum content of the bath should not be allowed to fall below 4 g/l, and can be maintained by the addition of Pt DNS solution as necessary.
Platinum may be deposited directly onto copper, brass, silver, nickel and titanium. An undercoat of nickel is required for deposition onto tin, zinc, cadmium or steel. All components must be thoroughly degreased using trichloroethylene or a similar solvent. Immediately prior to plating the parts should be immersed in dilute sulphuric acid (5% v/v) followed by a thorough water rinse.
Platinum content: 4 g/l – 15 g/l (optimum 5 g/l)
Temperature: 30°C - 70°C (optimum 30°C)
Cathode current density: up to 2 amps/dm2 (optimum 0.5 amps/dm2) Deposition rate: up to 5 µm/hour (optimum 1.25 µm/hour)
4 - 6 % w/w