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P.O. Box 1606, Palmer Lake, CO 80133
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-Getting Ready/Dummy Plating
Dummy plating refers to plating a piece of scrap copperclad to electrophoretically scrub the electrolyte of any floating debris that might have escaped capture by the porous anode baskets or the in-line filter. Small particles that plate out onto a board have the nasty habit of situating themselves where they can do the most harm to your circuit so it is a grand idea to get rid of them before that can do their mischief.
Mounting board in cathode clamp
Another good idea. If you are going to let your bath sit idle for weeks at a time, dummy plate for 2 hours at least once each week to insure that the bath stays in good health. If your system is fitted with the filtration / recirculation option, you can safely leave it on, even when the bath is not in use.
DO NOT TAKE THE ANODE BASKETS OUT OF THE BATH ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN CONDITIONED. It is perfectly safe, and preferable, to leave the baskets in the tank, even if the system will be idle for long periods of time. If you feel absolutely compelled to remove the basket, or if your plater will be setting idle for long periods of time, set the baskets into a bucket of distilled (or deionized) water until you are ready to reinsert them into the plater.