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Acid Salts and Activators

Accu-Labs offers acid salts as a method to activate a wide range of metals prior to plating. These products can work to remove scale and oxides or even etch certain metals, making acid salts an integral part of many metal plating projects.

Acid Salts:

145 Acid Salt Activator

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Accu-Labs 145 Acid Salt Activator is an easy-to-use, buffered, granulated salt typically utilized for the activation of metal surfaces prior to plating. This blend of acid salts is specifically formulated for the replacement of mineral acid solutions, and is an ideal acid salt activator for brass, copper alloys, nickel, zinc die-casting, white metals, and other difficult to activate metals.

200 Acid Salt Activator

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Accu-Labs 200 Acid Salt Activator is a powdered acid compound used prior to plating for activation of light and heavy scale removal. This activator can be used on a wide variety of metals to promote maximum adhesion and fast, uniform plating. 200 Acid Salt is especially ideal for activating dips prior to plating zinc die castings, as well as brass, copper, steel, lead, and tin-lead parts. This Acid Salt activator may also be used with electrolysis on stainless steel and high-alloy nickel steel to promote the maximum degree of adhesion for subsequent electrodeposits.

205-B Acid Salts

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Accu-Labs #205-B Acid Salts is a dry, free-flowing compound, formulated specifically for use in acid pickling of non-ferrous materials such as copper and zinc die castings/zinc slush castings.

205-JP Acid Salts

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Accu-Labs 205-JP Acid Salts is a dry, free-flowing compound, formulated specifically for use in acid pickling of zinc die castings and zinc slush castings. The use of this product is effective in removing smut and oxidation from zinc surfaces, leaving a clear finish that accepts subsequent plated deposits with the best possible adhesion.

206 Acid Salt Activator

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Accu-Labs 206 Acid Salt activator is a dry, free-flowing compound, formulated specifically for use in acid pickling of zinc die castings and zinc slush castings. This product is effective in removing smut and oxidation from zinc surfaces, leaving a clear finish that accepts subsequent plated deposits with the best possible adhesion.

212 Acid Salt Activator

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Accu-Labs 212 Acid Salt Activator is a dry, free-flowing compound, formulated specifically for use in acid pickling of zinc die castings and zinc slush castings. This product is effective in removing smut and oxidation from zinc surfaces. The resulting clear finish subsequently accepts plated deposits with the best possible adhesion.

216 Acid Salt Activator

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This powdered acid compound is used for acid treatment of metals and for the etching of aluminum alloys, where hydrofluoric acid would often be used. Because of its powdered composition, 216 Acid salt is safer than hydrofluoric acid, making it a great alternative compound.

325 OxyEtch

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Accu-Labs 325 OxyEtch is a white, granular, free-flowing peroxygen powder. This mildly acidic micro-etch provides consistent copper etch rates from a stable and active solution, and it can be sprayed or used in dip applications.

931XW Dry Acid Salt and Metal Conditioner

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Accu-Labs 931XW dry acid salt activators and metal conditioners are specifically formulated to replace the use of hazardous liquid acids such as sulfuric and muriatic acids. Accu-Labs’ 931XW solutions remove light oxides and scales providing a brighter smut-free surface ensuring brighter plating with improved adhesion. These solutions can be used to activate brass, copper, iron, steel, and zinc die castings.

Acid Prep TM for Activation

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Acid Prep TM is a unique buffered pickling and activating acid mixture that conditions the metal surface to maximize subsequent electrolytic or electroless nickel deposition. This concentrated liquid product is non-fuming and has a long bath life. Acid Prep TM has a relatively high pH and is not classified by the D.O.T. as corrosive. Although it is not as corrosive as other acid pickles, it removes rust and scale rapidly, leaving a clean and active surface for subsequent finishing.

Accu-Labs APX-10 Acid Salt

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Accu-Labs APX-10 is a water soluble dry acid salt mixture. It is a balanced mixture of acid salts, activators and surfactants. Accu-Labs APX-10 is formulated for use as a replacement for hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid pickles prior to plating, phosphating, and other metal finishing applications.

Accu-Labs MAX-8 Acid Salt

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Accu-Labs MAX-8 is a special formulation of dry acid salts and surfactants that replaces conventional liquid acids for pickling scale, rust, and oxides from metals in a variety of metal finishing operations. Accu-Labs MAX-8 eliminates the hazards of shipping, storing, handling, and mixing dangerous liquid acids.

Accu-Labs #113 Orion Bond

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#113 Orion Bond is a liquid acid cleaner composition of the phosphoric acid type. It has particular application as a pickling acid for non-ferrous metals prior to plating, providing surface conditioning conducive to excellent adhesion. #113 Orion Bond works well as a light acid dip for zinc casting, particularly those with faults such as cold shot or excessive porosity. #113 Orion Bond is recommended for pickling steel in some cases, such as pre-phosphating or treatment of difficult alloys.

The use of this product is effective in removing smut and oxidation from copper alloys and zinc surfaces, leaving a clear finish that accepts subsequent plated deposits with the best possible adhesion.

Accu-Labs #113 Rin-Bond

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#113 Rin-Bond is a liquid phosphoric acid type cleaner. It has particular application as a pickling acid for non-ferrous metals prior to plating, providing surface conditioning conducive to excellent adhesion. #113 Rin-Bond works well as a light acid dip for zinc casting, particularly those with faults, such as cold shot or excessive porosity. #113 Rin-Bond is recommended for pickling steel and heat scale removal in some cases, such as pre-phosphating or treatment of difficult alloys.

Accu-Labs #115 Accu-Bond

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#115 Accu-Bond is a liquid acid cleaner composition of the phosphoric acid type. It has particular application as a pickling acid for non-ferrous metals prior to plating, providing surface conditioning conducive to excellent adhesion. #115 Accu-Bond works well as a light acid dip for zinc casting, particularly those with faults, such as cold shot or excessive porosity. #115 Accu-Bond is recommended for pickling steel in some cases, such as pre-phosphating or treatment of difficult alloys.

Accu-Labs SR-9

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Accu-Labs SR-9 is phosphoric acid-based liquid concentrate for descaling, cleaning and conditioning of steels and stainless steels. Accu-Labs SR-9 is a special blend of acids, surfactants, and inhibitors to remove smut, scale, drawing compounds, and solder flux without attacking the base metal.

Accu-Labs 905-MGR

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Accu-Labs 905-MGR is a specially formulated inhibited hydrochloric acid product for heavy-duty removal of rust and scale from steel alloys. Accu-Labs 905-MGR contains a blend of surfactants and inhibitors to remove rust and scale without attacking and etching the steel.

CHEMICAL ETCHES:

Accu-Labs 149-TI Titanium Etch

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Accu-Labs’ 149-TI is a liquid etch for all wrought and extruded titanium alloys. Accu-Labs’ 149-TI is formulated to achieve a clean, white surface.

325 OxyEtch

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Accu-Labs’ 325 OxyEtch is a white, granular, free-flowing peroxygen powder. This mildly acidic micro-etch provides consistent copper etch rates from a stable and active solution, and it can be sprayed or used in dip applications.

ACID INHIBITORS

Accu-Labs #152 Acid Additive

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A very stable additive for use in Muriatic, sulfuric, or phosphoric acid, Accu-Labs’#152 Acid Additive is an excellent emulsifying agent that works well in strong acid solutions and is recommended for use in pickling prior to plating or galvanizing.

Accu-Labs 153 Acid Additive

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Accu-Labs’ 153 is a dual purpose liquid additive used to improve acid pickles. Accu-Labs’ 153 contains a balanced mixture of surfactants, emulsifiers, and inhibitors. Accu-Labs’ 153 is a stable, long-lasting additive for improving muriatic, sulfuric, or phosphoric acid pickling solutions.

Accu-Labs Inhibitor GT

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Inhibitor GT is a concentrated, organic, liquid corrosion inhibitor designed to inhibit the attack of hydrochloric acid on iron and steel during industrial cleaning operations. It does not contain arsenic, chlorinated hydrocarbons, or lead compounds.

CHEMICAL POLISH AND BRITE-DIPS

Accu-Labs #213 Aluminum Bright Dip

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Accu-Labs’ #213 Aluminum Bright Dip is an acid formulation containing fume suppressant and inhibitor for chemical polishing (bright dipping) of most aluminum alloys. This is the formulation which is widely used commercially and preferred over all other bright dipping methods. #213 Aluminum Bright Dip contains additives to reduce nitrogen oxide fumes and to enhance the brightening ability.

Accu-Labs #224 Bright Dip

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#224 SUPER W is a concentrated acid blend that can be used for bright-dipping of both aluminum alloys and copper alloys. #224 SUPER W chemically polishes these metal surfaces, yielding a lustrous, reflective finish. This finish is ideal by itself for certain applications, needing only a passivation and topcoat. And because there are no chromates in this product, the polished surface is an excellent base for subsequent metal finishing operations.

Accu-Labs 265PD

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Accu-Labs’ 265PD is formulated to electropolish austenitic stainless steels (300 series) to produce a high degree of brightness and a chemically clean surface. Accu-Labs’ 265PD can also be used for deburring and for polishing forgings before inspection.

Accu-Labs 901 Bright dip for copper and brass materials

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Accu-Labs’ 901 is a peroxide-based bright dip for copper and brass materials. Accu-Labs’ 901 leaves the part with a clean bright surface without the use of chrome or nitric acid making it a more environmentally and operator friendly product.

Accu-labs BT-5 Bright dip for copper and brass materials

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Accu-Labs’ BT-5 is a new formulation acid mixture product used for chemically polishing copper, brass, leaded-brass, nickel silver, monel, and other copper-base alloys. Accu-Labs’ BT-5 offers improvements and advantages over nitric-sulfuric acid systems.

Accu-Labs 910 Bright dip for copper and brass materials

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Accu-Labs’ 910 was originally developed for the automotive repair trade to do a two-fold job: That of brightening and restoring used copper and brass parts to its original look and to brighten used zinc die castings. 910 has since been used in the industry to remove oxides, heat treating scale, solder flux, and for the brightening of copper and brass. It is also used to prepare copper and its alloys for soldering. 910 imparts a bright matte finish to the metal.

ACCU-LABS #1992Q Bright dip for copper and brass materials

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Accu-Labs’ #1992Q was developed to replace the nitric-sulfuric or chromic acid bright dips for the brightening of copper and its alloys. Accu-Labs’ #1992Q is a highly concentrated product that, when added to nitric acid, forms a solution that can be used for the chemical polishing of copper and copper alloys prior to burnishing, plating, or lacquering. Accu-Labs’ #1992Q can be used for the simultaneous removal of heavy and heat-treating scales all in one operation. When using #1992Q, there are no nitrous oxide fumes given off, nor any accumulation of sludge as formed when using the nitric-sulfuric bright dips.

Accu-Labs #917 Bright dip for copper and brass materials

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Accu-Labs’ #917 is specifically designed to produce a clear bright finish on copper and brass.

Accu-Labs #964F Kovar bright dip

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#964F Kovar bright dip is a balanced blend of acids specifically formulated to obtain a bright brilliant finish on KOVAR metal at lower temperatures thus insuring excellent bonding between glass and metal.

Accu-Labs 953SST Stainless Steel Chemical Polish

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Accu-Labs’ 953SST is a bright dip for 300 series stainless steel, the 304 steel and the 52 alloy. Accu-Labs’ 953SST leaves the part with a clean bright surface.

Accu-Labs 958 BRIGHT DIP

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Accu-Labs’ 958 BRIGHT DIP was developed for areas where the use of non-fuming chromic acid bright dips could not be used due to their passivating tendencies and where chrome disposal is a problem. Accu-Labs’ 958 will chemically polish nickel as well as copper and its alloys. 958 has the decided advantage over the nitric-sulfuric acid bright dips in that it is low-fuming and the transfer time from 958 to a water rinse is not as critical. Accu-Labs’ 958 does not induce passivity, and work bright dipped in 958 can go right into a plating cycle without activation.

Accu-Labs #996 Steel Chemical Polish

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Accu-Labs’ #996 is a unique blend of surface-activating agents that are designed to chemically polish steel surfaces by simple immersion to a smooth bright finish on a variety of steel alloys. In certain applications, it may also replace vibratory, mass-finishing of carbon steels. Benefits of using Accu-Labs’ PATBRITE #996 in place of vibratory, mass-finishing include an extremely short process cycle and no capital investment of expensive vibratory bowls. Accu-Labs’ PATBRITE #996 is applicable in both rack and bulk processing installations, either manually or automatic.

ACCU-LABS Dieglow Chemical Polish

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Accu-Labs’ Dieglow 10 is a ready-to-use acid bright dip for zinc-based die castings. Dieglow 10 is used to improve and reduce the cost of pretreatment for electroplating, chromating, phosphating, and blackening. This process levels, polishes, and activates the surface of the die casting; it also removes burrs and superficial flaws, thereby producing a smooth, bright lustrous finish that in many instances rivals the appearance of a buffed casting.
One of the major benefits of this chemical polish is that it treats the entire surface of the zinc die casting uniformly. Recesses and back sides are polished and activated.
Dieglow 10 consists of a liquid acidic, chromate-free, chemical deburring and polishing agent that efficiently produces a smooth and bright finish.

STAINLESS STEEL PASSIVATION:

Accu-Labs SR-20 Passivate

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Accu-Labs’ SR-20 Passivate is a premium formulation of buffered acids and surfactants designed for the passivation of all grades of stainless steel. SR-20 Passivate is a long-life, citric-acid type passivate cleaner. It contains no nitric acid. Accu-Labs’ SR-20 Passivate provides low-cost and efficient removal of contaminants and all free iron from the surface of stainless steels and meets the requirements of ASTM and ASM standards for passivation with citric acid.