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I plate a few things here and there (most often Copper)

I've not tried plating a tank, but (for me at least) I've always struggled to get zinc to plate into pinched seams, and fo some reason my approach seeme to leav a lot of "buff" residues (easy enough for plating a bit of hardware, you can buff the surface, a tank may leave this stuff as particulates to find later in a filter or carb..?).

There's some good reading on Zinc plating here ( http://offlogic.wordpress.com/2007/09/08/electroplating-with-zinc-for-under-10/ ) that may follow along what you're going with...

I used the 5V supply from a PC powersupply - lots of available current without cooking anything (gotta be a bit more gentle than how electrolisys rips-stuff apart. Zinc annodes from the Swamp Cooler section of Home Depot can do nicely, since "West Marine" is about the only marine shop up here ...
 
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