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For example, if I want to electroplate stainless steel onto copper, could that work? I understand that different ions would need different voltages, but would those lower voltage ions merely make the lower voltage ion be deposited faster, or completely prevent the higher voltage ion from depositing at all?

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  • $\begingroup$ Some alloys probably could be electroplated with carefully chosen electrolyte and voltage, but steel... well, I don't think so. How would you electroplate carbon, to begin with? $\endgroup$ May 1, 2016 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ So theoretically it would be possible (as long as all the elements have soluble ionic compounds, e.g., not carbon)? $\endgroup$ May 1, 2016 at 7:13
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it looks theoretically possible . Might turn out impractical, but that's another story. $\endgroup$ May 1, 2016 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ If it were easy then it would be a common industrial procedure. There are plenty of times when plating substrates with stainless steel would be really useful. The fact that it isn't done suggests either that it is impossible or very very impractical. $\endgroup$
    – matt_black
    May 1, 2016 at 10:59

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