To prepare your articles for electroplating, it is important to ensure that all oil, grease, paint or other materials are removed prior to processing. The most common cause of poor quality plating is insufficient preparation.
The pieces for Rhodium plating should be prepared for plating painting off with lacquer (nail varnish) to protect areas where the Rhodium is not required. Because extended time in the electrolytic cleaner may remove the lacquer it is recommended that articles are pre-cleaned, as in steps 1 to 2 and then dried before painting. This reduces the time necessary in the electrolytic cleaner to 5-6 seconds.