How to Chrome-Plate at Home

By Jeffery Keilholtz ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Large glass container
  • 1 liter vinegar
  • Chrome anode
  • 3 1/2 ounces Epsom salt
  • 4 1/4 ounces table sugar
  • 1 1/2-volt battery
  • Wire with metal connectors (2)
  • Metal cathode
Chrome-plate household objects, such as an adjustable mirror rack.

Chrome-plating at home is a creative way to restore luster to any metal object. The most effective means of chrome-plating involves an electrical process, according to Finishing. Electroplating is the process of transferring microfilaments from a positively-charged anode to a negatively-charged cathode. The anode is an object made of pure chrome and the cathode is the object to which the chromium microfilaments are transferred. Once the process is complete, display your chrome-plated objects to family and friends.

Slide on a pair of work gloves and safety glasses to protect your skin and eyes.

Fill a large glass container with one liter of white vinegar. Place the anode into the container. Allow the anode to sit for three hours to give the vinegar time to begin releasing the chromium microfibers.

Add 3 1/2 ounces of Epsom salt and 4 1/4 ounces of table sugar to the vinegar. Connect the anode with a wire fitted with metal connectors to the positive terminal on a 1 1/2-volt battery.

Place the cathode into the container. Connect the cathode with a second wire fitted with metal connectors to the negative terminal on a 1 1/2-volt battery. Watch for the chromium transfer to take place in a period of three to five minutes.

Warning

Avoid touching the positive and negative wires together.

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.