But chrome plating a tin object is not a simple operation. The item must be gold plated first, then chromed. And since gold plating solution is expensive, a electrolyte bath is out my (financial) power. For that reason, I will use a plating pen: an anod that is dipped into the plating solution and directly applied on the nose flute, itself conected to the negative pin of the rectifier. With this pen, plating needs very very few solution.
First, I removed all the rust by dipping the flute in a dedicated product (Rustyco), and buffed it with very soft steel wool (#0000). Then prepared the surface with a desoxyder/degreaser electolyte (Acticlean).
Immediately afterwards, I began the gold electroplating session. A hyper-thin coat of gold precipitates and adheres to the tin surface. It is applied with a 6-7 V tension, the bubbles are microscopic, but it's far better not inhale the gazes. This should be done under a hood or wearing a mask in a ventilated place.
Since this plating is just temporary, let's have some pictures as souvenirs...:) Note, however, that the plating is not toyally even and smooth because the surface wasn't before. Note also that the pewter solderings didn't capture gold.
I used a steel anod with a fluffy bit. The chrome precipitate rather quickly, but not as evenly as gold. More, it immediately oxydizes and turn deep brown, so you cannot check easily if you plated it well. Chrome plating with a pen is a bit difficult, as the surface is not totally smooth.
Watch this very short video to hear the ebullition sound and watch the nasty smokes...:
When the plating operation is over, the Humanatone was ugly, covered with a disgusting dark brown coating. It has to be rinced with water (spare the rincing liquid in a bottle and bring it to a waste center, don't throw it anywhere!!!). When rinced, the flute got a dark and dull apparel.
But finally, by rubbing with a soft cloth and some cleaning product, the shiny appeared! I am glad with the result: my Humanatone still looks vintage and not artificial. It just is like a vintage one that would not have lost its chrome plating. And it is now protected from rust (anyway, I spread a gentle coat of lemon oil on it).