The process of electroplating is theoretically same as electrorefining - only difference is that, in place of graphite coated cathode we have to place an object on which the electroplating has to be done. Let's take an example of brass key which is to be copper-platted by using copper electroplating. Copper Electroplating We have already stated that copper sulfate splits into positive copper ion (Cu+ +) and negative sulfate ion (SO4 − −) in its solution. For copper electroplating, we use copper sulfate solution as electrolyte, pure copper as anode and an object (a brass key) as cathode. The pure copper rod is connected with positive terminal and the brass key is connected with negative terminal of a battery . While these copper rod and key are immersed into copper-sulfate solution, the copper rod will behave as anode and the key will behave as cathode. As the cathode or the brass key is connected with negative terminal of battery , it will attract the positive cations or Cu+ + ions and on reaching of Cu+ + ions on the surface of the brass key, they will receive electrons from it, become neutral copper atom and are about to be deposited on the surface of the brass key as uniform layer. The sulfate or SO4 − − ions move to the anode and extract copper from it into the solution as mentioned in the process of electro-refining. For proper and uniform copper plating, the object (here it is brass key) is being rotated slowly into the solution.
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Electroplating is a process that uses electric current to reduce dissolved metalcations so that they form a coherent metal coating on an electrode. The term is also used for electrical oxidation of anions onto a solid substrate, as in the formation silver chloride on silver wire to make silver/silver-chloride electrodes. Electroplating is primarily used to change the surface properties of an object (e.g. abrasion and wear resistance, corrosion protection, lubricity, aesthetic qualities, etc.), but may also be used to build up thickness on undersized parts or to form objects by electroforming.

The process used in electroplating is called electrodeposition. It is analogous to agalvanic cell acting in reverse. The part to be plated is the cathode of the circuit. In one technique, the anode is made of the metal to be plated on the part. Both components are immersed in a solution called an electrolyte containing one or more dissolved metal salts as well as other ionsthat permit the flow of electricity. A power supply supplies a direct current to the anode, oxidizing the metal atoms that it comprises and allowing them to dissolve in the solution. At the cathode, the dissolved metal ions in the electrolyte solution are reduced at the interface between the solution and the cathode, such that they "plate out" onto the cathode. The rate at which the anode is dissolved is equal to the rate at which the cathode is plated, vis-a-vis the current through the circuit. In this manner, the ions in the electrolyte bath are continuously replenished by the anode.

Other electroplating processes may use a non-consumable anode such as lead or carbon. In these techniques, ions of the metal to be plated must be periodically replenished in the bath as they are drawn out of the solution.The most common form of electroplating is used for creating coins such as pennies, which are small zinc plates covered in a layer of copper