Acid bath

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A glass or porcelain tray containing a strong solution of one of the following acids: Acetic acid, Nitric acid, Hydrochloric acid, Phosphoric acid, or Tannic acid. Metal plates, such as those used for printing, are etched by immersion in an acid bath.

Hazards and Safety

Corrosive to skin.

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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