How to Test Chrome Plates With Copper Sulfate

Copper sulfate testing detects the presence of zinc on various metals and the presence of free iron on various steels.

Using copper sulfate on chrome plates will easily indicate whether various elements are present.Using copper sulfate on chrome plates will easily indicate whether various elements are present.
Using copper sulfate on chrome plates will easily indicate the presence of various elements.

Put on gloves, protective eye wear and an apron.

Place 8 grams of copper sulfate into the glass container.

Add 500 milliliters of distilled water to the copper sulfate and mix carefully.

Add 2 milliliters of sulfuric acid to the copper sulfate and water solution. Let the components dissolve fully.

Test small objects by immersing them in the copper sulfate solution; larger objects require spot testing. Use a stiff paint brush to apply the solution to a small area of the large object. Leave the object in the solution or on the test area for 6 minutes.

Rinse the object with water to clean. Scrub the object with a small brush to ensure removal of the copper sulfate solution.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective eye gear
  • Rubber apron
  • Glass container
  • Copper sulfate
  • Distilled water
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Stiff paint brush
  • Scrub brush

Tip

  • You can purchase copper sulfate at most stores in the automobile or garden sections. You can also buy this product bulk at stores specializing in farming and gardening.

Warnings

  • Using these substances may be potentially toxic. Use extreme caution when handling these elements and do not handle without the proper protective wear.
  • Proper ventilation is important when conducting this test. It is best to do it outside or in a place with a good exhaust fan.

About the Author

Tara Holland is anthropologist in New York City, and she is currently working on her M.A. degree at Columbia University in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. She has been writing professionally and personally for the past five years, and currently she has an article on Visual Anthropology co-written with a fellow anthropologist awaiting to be published.