Picral Etch, 250 mL

Picral Etch, 250 mL
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Picral Etch is a common etchant for etching heat treated steels. It contains 4% picric acid in ethanol. This etchant is listed in ASTM standard E 407 as formula number 76 "Picral".

  • Option: To further increase the etching speed of this saturated solution, ASTM standard recommends adding a wetting agent such as zephiran chloride. Wetting agent will lower the surface energy at the sample-etchant interface, thus influencing etching action.

 

User Instructions:

  • Immerse or swab the sample for a few seconds to a minute or more. 
  • Close the lid after each use to avoid alcohol evaporation. 
  • Do not let the solution crystallize or dry out completely. Inspect the content periodically and add solvent as needed. Please consult SDS for more information.
  • This product will stain skin and clothing. When rinsing the sample after etching, it is advisable to rinse in water to remove the bulk of the etchant, and then immerse the sample in a beaker of alcohol, followed by flushing the surface with alcohol from a squeeze bottle.
  • To etch steels with more than 0.5% of chromium, add 5 drops of hydrochloric acid per 100 ml of Picral on your own.
  • Discard after 1 year.

 Product Applications:

  • Reveal carbides (cementite, spheroidite), pearlite and bainite.
  • Color cementite and spheroidite light pink.
  • Attack ferrite uniformly, and won’t show the ferrite boundaries.
  • Highlight globular cementites (spheroidites) of spheroidized annealed steels for shape analysis. It reveals only cementites and hides ferrite boundaries.
  • Highlight carbides in tool steel for distribution analysis.

Packaging:

  • Nalgene® Leakproof Bottle, HDPE.

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