You may have seen videos and ads from makers of do-it-yourself silverplating products. These solutions are wiped on or made for dipping base metal. Though they look tempting when thinking about replating a piece, stay away from them. After a few polishings the newly-applied fine silver will wear away. (The thickness of these deposits are measured in millionths as opposed to thousands for true electroplating.) And if you’re a dealer attempting to hide the base metal, the buyer may be upset if that layer polishes off where surrounding areas of original plating doesn’t.
Though more expensive than purchasing these products, true electroplating deposits a far thicker, glossier, and more durable layer of fine silver that will last for generations when properly cared for.