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Old 11-16-2017, 05:21 PM
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Good source for Ferric Chloride?

I have always used FC from Radio Shack diluted roughly 50/50 with distilled water for a slow but detailed etch.
They are now defunct, so does anyone have any suggestions on a brand to trust (or avoid)?
Liquid/powder? Does it matter?


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Old 11-18-2017, 12:47 AM
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Andy I bought a 4 ounce bottle of FC powder off of Ebay and used 2 teaspoons of it in a quart of distilled water. Later added another teaspoon and equal amount of white vinegar to speed up the etching process.
It takes about 1 hour to get the deep etch I want on Alabama Damascus steel. I could add more FC, but I prefer the 1 hour time for the etching. The seller on Ebay was Loudwolf limited. This was about 3 years ago.


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Old 11-19-2017, 09:56 AM
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Thanks Bob.


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Old 11-21-2017, 04:18 PM
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Andrew,

I get mine through Amazon which has numerous suppliers. I recommend getting the dry FeCl3 crystals. Loudwolf sells a bottle that will make one litre which when diluted will make 1 gallon of etchant.

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Old 11-23-2017, 05:18 AM
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Old 12-14-2017, 01:48 AM
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Any electronic supply will have various offerings too. Just picked up a bottle for the mokume stuffs. For years I'd used a 50-50 mix and it was pretty slow. This new batch I went 3:1 ratio and it does the mokume in about 3 minutes cutting about .004" in what I have. Will have to experiment with the steels to see. The ambient temp was 67F to do this so I would imagine that at warmer temps the etching could be pretty fast so more dilution may be needed. Somewhere in the 5-10 minute range would be good.


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