These are etchants recommended for copper alloys. The order of preference is from left to right.
|Type of Copper:||Etchant to Use:|
|Pure copper||Copper etch|
|Cu-Ni||Acidic ferric chloride|
|Copper alloys, brass, bronze||Copper etch or Ferric chloride etchant|
|Macro-etching Copper||Ferric chloride etchant|
Acidic Ferric Chloride
• ASTM E407 formula 34. Show the general structure of copper. Immerse or swab a few seconds at a time. Repeat as necessary. Pre-mixed, ready to use.
• ASTM E407 formula 30, a popular general-purpose etchant for copper, brass, and bronze. It produces a nice flat etch for some copper alloys. This product has two parts. The user has to combine them before use. Use fresh.
Ferric Chloride Etchant
• A milder, general-purpose etchant for copper and brasses. Produces grain contrast. Pre-mixed, ready to use.