Traditionally, recovering and extracting gold from gold-plated items was a complex and dangerous process. With advances in technology and scientific methods, extracting gold plating from computer scrap and old vintage ceramic and glass dishware has become a profitable hobby. Using the right equipment, in combination with nontoxic chemicals, you can extract gold plating in your home or a small workshop.
Things You'll Need
- Gold recovery equipment and supplies
- Separate work area
- Gold-plated items
- Digital scale
- Copper spoon or scoop
- Paper towels
- Safety gloves
- Safety mask
Visit the Shor International website and purchase a gold recovery unit that uses Subzero nontoxic chemicals for gold plating recovery (see Resources). There is no comparable product on the market that offers nontoxic chemical processes and equipment to safely recover gold.
Set up a separate work area with plenty of ventilation. Choose a space that will not be disturbed by visitors, pets or children. Set up the gold recovery unit in this space. Put a box of your gold-plated items in the work area.
Watch the instructional video that came with your gold recovery unit.
Add the nontoxic chemicals to the gold recovery unit.
Add some of the gold-plated items to the gold recovery unit. Let the gold-plated items sit in the chemical solution for 10 to 15 minutes, unless the video specifies otherwise.
Remove the items from the chemical solution. The solution should have stripped off the gold plating.
Remove the gold and precious metals sludge from the bottom of the gold recovery unit, using the copper spoon or scoop. Place the gold sludge on a paper towel.
Wearing safety gloves, squeeze any excess Subzero chemical solution out of the gold sludge and back into the gold recovery unit. Let the gold sludge dry.
Weigh the recovered gold on the digital scale and make note of it.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have old computers, the central processing units will have gold-plated electronic components and gold-plated computer chips inside them.
- Look around for old ceramic and glass dishware that is gold plated.
- Use a safety mask, gloves and other safety precautions as advised by the manufacturer.
- Photo Credit gold dipper image by Marko Korac from Fotolia.com
How to Extract Gold From Scrap
Gold is a precious, conductive, and pliable metal that retains a stable value better than many commodities. Its chemical properties make it...
How to Separate Precious Metals From Ceramics & Pottery
Remove the gold recovered in the bottom of the gold recovery unit. ... Gold Recovery for Dummies?, Corey, G; Shor International: Precious...
How to Remove Gold From Computer Chips
Purchase a basic gold recovery unit with non-toxic chemical processes for ceramic computer chip gold recovery. This costs between $500 and $600,...
How to Remove Gold Finish to Sell as Scrap Gold
Gold finish or plating can be found on jewelry or on electronic parts such as circuit board fingers which are found inside...
Gold Plating Recovery Solution
Use chemicals to dissolve the materials underneath the gold of circuit boards. ... Sub Zero Instructions; Shor International: Aqua Regia; Resources.
How to Separate Gold Plating From Copper
Gold plating refers to the activity of beautifying objects with a covering or a design of gold which may be in powder...
How to Remove Gold Plating
The removal of gold plating from jewelry is often desirable if the gold surface has become tarnished or lackluster. In most cases...
Chemicals Used in Gold Plating
The process of depositing a thin layer of gold over another metal for added beauty and durability has been used commercially since...
How to Melt Gold-Plated Rings
Ways to Extract Gold Plating; How to Recover Gold Plating; Print this article; Things You'll Need. Leather gloves; Goggles; Soldering tool; Vise;...
How to Remove Gold Plating on China
Fashionable china was frequently edged with gold or silver plating. This trimwork can become discolored after improper care or use. These imperfections...
How to Remove Chrome Scratches
How to Remove Fine Scratches From Chrome Plating. Chrome plating refers to a thin layer of chromium that has been electroplated onto...
How to Remove Gold Plating From Silver
When gold plating becomes scratched, worn or you just want to change the look of your jewelry, you can remove the gold...
Do It Yourself Gold Recovery
How to Chemically Extract Gold From Plating. Traditionally, recovering and extracting gold from gold-plated items was a complex and dangerous process.