Step 3: Copper Plating Iron

While you wait it's a good idea to use your time to clean your iron nail. Clean off the top layer using your wire wool. This will reveal the shiny surface and remove any impurities. Remember to give it a quick wipe when you've finished cleaning to remove any residual dirt. Once ten minutes has passed add a drop or two of fresh acid solution (vinegar or lemon juice which ever your using). Now add the iron nail and leave it at least half an hour or longer. I find swilling the solution around helps speed up the process.
<p>thanks for sharing, copper is one of the most beautiful metals, copper plating is one of my favorite things to do</p>
<p>Cool! Thanks for sharing that! I often wonder why people choose lemon rather than lime, which is both more acidic and more...&quot;active&quot; or...I don't know how to say...more &quot;varied&quot; or, perhaps, more &quot;drivable&quot; or say...&quot;tunably&quot; reactive? I don't know the word I want. Anyway, I'm wondering why did you choose lemon? If you don't mind me asking... Lime is slightly more acidic but like grapefruit, it's also a whole other animal with what is still some pretty mysterious-seeming &quot;intentions&quot;. Nobody ever thinks about the lime and I'm just wondering why that is. Is it merely because people assume it's like a lemon and then dismiss it because it's activities are not the same as a lemon? I've only just begun experimenting with lime juice, but the only &quot;technical&quot; information available seems to be in the field of bartending where it is so obviously NOT a lemon, in its activities with, effects on or reactions TO other cocktail ingredients. And now I'm just rambling...sorry...</p>
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I have a lot of Ferric acid with copper in it i suppose from etching circuit boards. Would this work with that and a battery?
I'm not trained in chemistry, so I couldn't answer off of the top of my head. But a little search on the internet produced articles saying that dropping iron into the solution copper coated it and re-energised the ferric acid. Also there was mention of using electrolysis, with an iron cathode and a carbon anode. If your unsure how to set-up a home electrolysis kit check out my '<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl0IPt81-3c" rel="nofollow">Home Electrolysis Kit</a>' video on my Youtube channel. Just do an internet search into it before you try.
Very interesting, you don't use electricity.
Using a power source would yield better results. But this is the simple way and I feel it's easy to replicate whatever skill level you are. <br> <br>Thanks for leaving a comment.