Nital Etch, 3%, 500 mL


8 or more $61.08 each


The 3% Nital Etch is a specialized metallographic etchant designed for micro-etching mild steel, carbon steel, low alloy steel, cast iron, and select tool steel. It provides an optimum etching rate and is safe to store. This product is made with reagent-grade chemicals using formula number 74, “Nital,” from ASTM Standard E407.


User Instructions:

Immerse or swab the polished surface for a few seconds to a minute. Keep the lid tightly closed after each use to avoid alcohol evaporation.

Product Applications:

  • Darken martensite.
  • Attack ferrite and outline ferrite boundaries.
  • Enhance the carbide/matrix interfaces.
  • Show grain size, grain flow, and alloy segregation banding.
  • Reveal hardened case, white layer, and decarburization layer.
  • Create replicas for Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) on boilers, pressure vessels, heat exchanger piping, and other components.


Nalgene® Leakproof Bottle, HDPE.

Low carbon steel etched with Nital

Low carbon steel etched with Nital


California Proposition 65 WARNING: This product contains methanol which is known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm.

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 4.4 × 3.5 × 6.5 in
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