I didn’t use a kit. That’s the neat thing about this DIY process. All you need is vinegar, a tab. of salt, 2- 99% nickel welding rods and a small voltage source.
Put about a quart of vinegar and a table spoon of salt in a glass or plastic whatever. The 2 nickel rods (minus their flux) are suspended in the mixture and hooked up to an electric DC charge (I used a 12v battery). When the liquid turns a fairly dark emerald green you’re ready for plating.
For the best plating result use a smaller voltage source (I used a 5v plug in phone charger). The positive wire is hooked to the nickel rod and the negative to the part to be plated. You should see bubbles on the part which means it is working. It’s your choice on how long you leave it in but it doesn’t take long. Also it works better if the solution is warm. And, this is a big and the plating will not hide flaws or defects so the better the part is before plating the better it looks after.
After plating the part needs polishing.
The whole thing cost me a couple of bucks for vinegar and a couple of bucks for nickel rods and so far if it doesn’t move I’ve plated it. (The wife is still unscathed).
The pictures aren't that great.