How to recover gold plating

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How to recover gold plating
You can recover gold from circuit boards or computer components at home. (Getty Images)

Gold plating is generally found on circuit boards and fingers inside of computers. There are many ways to recover gold plating but one of the quickest and relatively safest ways is to soak your gold plated item in CBX circuit board stripping powder solution.

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Things you need

  • Protective eye goggles
  • Waterproof gloves
  • CBX circuit board stripping powder
  • 2 ceramic bowls or containers
  • 9 litres (2 gallons) of water
  • Wooden spoon
  • Gold-plated circuit boards or other gold-plated material
  • Coffee filter

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  1. 1

    Put on protective eye goggles and waterproof gloves.

  2. 2

    Pour out the contents of one jar of CBX circuit board stripping powder into a ceramic bowl or container. You can purchase the powder from the Shor International website (see Resources).

  3. 3

    Add 9 litres (1 gallon) of water to the container and mix with a wooden spoon.

  4. 4

    Add your gold-plated material to the bowl and allow to soak for 6 to 8 hours.

  5. 5

    Remove the gold-plated material from the solution and set aside. Make sure you are wearing waterproof gloves when you do this.

  6. 6

    Set a coffee filter into another ceramic bowl or container and pour the liquid into the coffee filter. Lift up the filter as the bowl starts to fill up with liquid. The gold can be found in the filter.

Tips and warnings

  • As an alternative, you can try scraping off some gold from your gold plated material with a paint scraper but it's a laborious and time-consuming process.

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