so i spent around $200 on a plating kit from caswell plating i got a 4 oz jar of 24k plating solution, 8 oz of copper and 8oz of nickel. I've learned that I need to heavily polish the stainless steel to make it attach. I'm not happy with plating directly to gold, it looks ugly. It was suggested to me to do copper first, and then gold on the copper and i'll get a good result. Copper went on great. I haven't tried the nickel. I'll update this later with more results. and pictures. my camera is charging so i cant take pics. i'll record video next time i do it though.