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Cadmium - (cyanide)

  Typical cause Analysis to confirm cause Remedy

Adhesion poor/blistering

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"Spotting" on surface after storage.

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Rough deposit

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Low deposition speed with excessive gassing at the cathode. (low cathode efficiency)

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Pitting

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Patchy or dull directly after plating

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Patchy dull deposits appearing after chromate passivation

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Burning

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Brittle deposits

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Stained deposits (random) directly after plating and passivating.

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Throwing power poor

(In cadmium solutions a Hull Cell can be used to indicate low throwing power. A Haring cell can be used for more accurate results).

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