It turns out that Black Oxide Coating, Anodizing, and Nickel plating can all be done at home! And that’s not all. There are loads of coating kits available from places like Caswell Plating, that make it possible for you to put together your own personal plating operation at home. Black oxide coat your own nuts and bolts, anodize fittings or brackets, whatever. I have to be honest, I knew it was possible to do some kinds of plating at home, but I had no idea that kits like these existed that you could buy and setup at home. I’ve seen some folks Gold Iridite parts for their own projects, but had no idea there was this kind of selection.
Now that I know, I think I’m going to have to see about doing some of my own parts at home too. The electroless nickel plating looks cool as hell, and who knows what else might be good to try.
In this video you’ll see just how to use a Caswell Plating kit to black oxide coat fasteners and brackets. This couldn’t be easier, which means you are going to be able to dump a box of bolts in or coat some brackets or parts for your car.