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Old 07-07-2005, 06:12 PM
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muratic resist for damasteel

What is going to be the best way for me to mask off my pivot area on folder blades when etching in muratic acid. I hear nail polish does not work well. I have some tape that the texture people gave me when they texture our injection mold cavities, but have not tried it yet. Muratic is pretty nasty stuff. Any help appreciated.

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Old 07-07-2005, 06:47 PM
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i have used fingernail polish with 80% lab grade nitric acid with no problems. maybe the fingernail polish was the more expensive type rather than the 59 cent a bottle bright red generic nailpolish.
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Old 07-08-2005, 07:56 AM
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Nail polish works well for muratic acid. I've used it a few times and worked two out of three times. The reason it didn't work the first time is because I put it on in one thick coat. Someone, Geno I think, recommended using several thin coats and has worked well the other times.

You might want to also check out the Fine Embellishment forum as they had a discussion a little while back on resists for etching scenes into blades.

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Old 07-08-2005, 05:52 PM
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Thanks guys, I'll cut a little piece and give it a try. it's so easy and convienient to use nail polish, I was hoping it could be used with muratic also.


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