Removing Silver Plate
Date: August 2008
My mom has a serving plate that is silver plated. For my science
project I would like to remove the silver. how do I do that?
You better be sure your mom is OK with losing a silver plated serving dish,
because I am assuming from your question that you want to permanently remove
the silver, not just polish it.
You will not recover a lot of silver because the amount plated is usually
very small. Some attention has to be paid to what is the base metal being
plated because any of the de-silvering methods may also dissolve the base
metal. Finally, from the recipes below you see that the de-silvering process
makes use of some pretty nasty acids -- nitric and/or sulfuric. You will
need help from your science teacher in order to obtain those reagents and to
handle them safely.
That is a tall order for home chemistry. I think you would be safer and have better
results if you had your science teacher let you do this work at school.
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