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Remove copper from a PCB without dissolving it? Answered


I have a bunch of old PCBs laying around from various electronic projects, things I took apart and re-purposed, etc...Seeing as copper is roughly $0.25 per ounce, I would like to remove the copper from these PCBs, and sell it to a local coin shop that buys various scrap metals. I plan on sanding the solder mask off first, but after that, I don't know how to remove the copper from the fiberglass. Maybe just electroplate it onto another piece of copper? Please give me suggestions, thanks!

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steveastrouk (author)2010-12-09

You can't electroplate it off, your best bet is to etch it off, and plate out of solution, but its going to cost a lot more than 25 c /oz to do it at your kind of scale.

Steve

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