A typical metal plate etching solution contains strong acids. The acids corrode or dissolve the exposed parts that are not covered with the etching ground. Examples of some etching solutions are:
- Nickel: 45% sulfuric acid.
- Zinc: 5% nitric acid.
Synonyms and Related Terms
etchant; Ätzmittel (Deut.); etsmiddel (Ned.); solução de ataque (Port.)
Hazards and Safety
Most of the etching solutions are toxic and will attack skin on contact.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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