One of the most important aspects of nickel plating, and electroplating in general, to make sure the metal object that is to be plated is free of dirt, grease and any other foreign matter. This will often times make or break an attempt at plating. Some plating kits will come with cleaning products in order to make sure the object or objects that are going to be layered with another metal material are absolutely as prepared as possible. Preparing the surface properly cannot be underestimated when it comes to plating whether the plating is done with gold, silver or nickel doesn't matter, all plating requires a thorough cleaning.

It is sometimes said by those that go about the with the process of electroplating that even a low quality plate can turn out better when the surface is properly prepared ahead of time but that even a great job of plating cannot overcome a situation where the object was poorly treated or cleaned to start with. The pretreatment of the material is very important. Whether it is done by chemical or by a mechanical process, the cleaning of the surface should be the first priority. A coating that must deal with dirt or grease is not going to be sufficient for the plater who wants to complete a quality project.

Many metal cleaning processes that are preliminary actions to a plating project have these three fundamental steps:

1. Clean and prepare the material surface. This often means that solvents, cleaners that include alkaline, cleaning with acid, abrasive cleaners and the use of water

2. Modifying the surface if needed. This can mean changing the actual surface layer and its physical makeup by way of plate layering beforehand or material hardening.

3. Operations that involve work-piece finishing and rinsing.

Preparing a surface by cleaning takes some work but should not be a deal breaker for those who really just want to get on to the actual electroplating. Those who put in the extra time to really examine their material and follow a few steps will find that they are much more successful in their electroplating projects over those who don't. If a project that can be appreciated is the final goal than cleaning beforehand shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Some nickel plating kits will include instructions on how to get the material clean. Taking off any contaminants and residues or films from the surface level will have a lot to do with the quality of the electroplating. Films and residues that are non-conductive like some organic materials and non-metallic remnants can cause problems with bonding during the plating process. This is due to poor sticking and sometimes even deposition is affected when foreign matter blocks the finish from taking place. Dust of a mineral nature can stop the coating from adhering. Certain debris from the outside can affect the plating process. Sometimes there can be an oxide covering on the material that can cause difficulties. Cleaning any surface thoroughly and following provided instructions in any electroplating kit will ensure proper plating techniques and a solid final product.

Electroplating with nickel electroplate finishes on plastics  s a great way for hobbyists like car and motorcycle restorers to plate their project materials with the durability and shine of nickel. Plating can also be done electroless. Find the right kit for nickel plating [] online for a reasonable price.