Could anybody please recommend any good reference sites on electro-plating nickel onto mild-steel? I am also looking for reasonable suppliers of kits (chunks of Nickel anodes to start with and some kind of rheostat so that I don't have to use lightbulbs to vary the current). I'm happy to use a car-battery-charger or even the variable-voltage PSU from a spare mini-Dremel type rotary tool I have as the power source.
I know very little (nothing!) about this process but I just discovered that the fading black-painted peice of metal which I just polished from my engine bay is actually mild-steel and will start to rust soon :)
I'm interested in the reference site so that I can gain a proper understanding of chemicals hopefully so that I'll be able to purchase individual chemicals from supply-houses instead of having to buy ready-made proprietary "Supa Crome(tm), Brite-Cote(tm), Leccy-Shine(tm) (you get the idea)" mixtures.