MAR NICKEL PRO STEP is a liquid product designed to produce a high mill volt S.T.E.P. in duplex nickel coatings. MAR NICKEL PRO STEP is added to the Bright Highlight Nickel System, and can be blended into the brightener pre-mix or added separately. The MAR NICKEL PRO STEP process is characterized by:

  • The MAR NICKEL PRO STEP additive enables high S.T.E.P. when used in a duplex nickel system by improving corrosion resistance of plated parts.
  • The system is tolerant to over-additions of the MAR NICKEL PROSTEP.
  • The appearance of bright nickel plate is normally unaffected
  • Correct additions can overcome skip plating and LCD darkness associated with zinc contamination.
Make-up Concentration: 0.05% to 0.1% by volume in a new make-up or when first introduced to any existing solution.
Maintenance Additions: STEP is consumed at a rate of one (1) litre per 8 - 12,000 ampere-hours.

Consult the individual Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) covering NICKEL PRO STEP for complete information.

For both the NICKEL PRO STEP additives and the working Nickel plating solution, handling is recommended using chemical goggles or a full face shield, as well as protective clothing ( e.g., neoprene gloves and boots, acid resistant apron or suit and hat). Prevent body or eye contact with these materials. Skin contact or inhalation of the additives or the working bath, including mists, should be avoided. A NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator should be used, as necessary. Any pouring or pumping of the solution or its additives should be designed to minimize misting or splashing. Always wash hands thoroughly after handling.

The handling of nickel salts in crystalline form of plating solution containing nickel may cause irritation to the eyes and skin. Inhalation of the dusts, vapours or mists may be irritating to the upper respiratory tract. May cause skin sensitization, resulting in chronic eczema, also known as "nickel itch".

Adequate measure must be taken to protect workers from eye and skin contact and to prevent the inhalation of dust or mists. The use of the following protective equipment is recommended: Chemical safety goggles or face shield, rubber gloves, protective clothing and shoes. Work in a well-ventilated area. If local exhaust ventilation is inadequate to maintain atmospheric concentrations below the TLV, approved respiratory protection is recommended. Wash thoroughly after handling chemicals and at the end of the work period. Launder contaminated clothing before reuse.


In case of contact, immediately flush eyes or skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. For inhalation, move exposed individual to a non-contaminated area. Get prompt medical assistance.


Consult the individual Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) covering Addition Agent STEP for complete information.

In the event of a spill, contain spillage, soak up with inert absorbent and scoop into container for disposal. Refer to applicable provincial and local regulations for current response information.

It is recommended that each user establish a spill prevention control and countermeasure plan (SPCC). Such a plan should include procedures applicable to proper storage, control and clean-up of spills, including reuse or disposal, as appropriate.

Provincial and local disposal laws and regulations will determine the proper waste disposal procedure. All waste materials should be reviewed to determine the applicable hazards (testing may be necessary). Disposal requirements are dependent upon the hazard classification and will vary by location and the type of disposal selected. Some waste materials are amenable to recycle\reuse.

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