Product Number 4408
Chemical Etching Cream for Ceramic and Porcelain,
Works in about 5 minutes
Safe and easy to use
Replaces the tough work of sanding
Shortens prep time up to 80%.
Can be reused over and over
Description: XIM Etch-l-M is a brushable etching cream that
will dull or etch the surface of hard, silica based materials such as
porcelain, porcelainized steel construction panels, tile, glazed block
and glass. It actually removes the glossy surface glaze. It is formulated
into a thick brushable cream to minimize runs, drips and splashing.
Etch-l-M is used as an alternative to the hard work of manual or machine
sanding when the surface must be dulled for paint adhesion. Since Etch-l-M
works in minutes, its use can shorten surface preparation time by up
to 80%. Etch-l-M leaves a uniform, dull surface without the problem
of deep sanding scratch marks that could show through the final finish.
It can be reused over and over and cleans upwith water. Note: Etching
is defined as the chemical corrosion of the porcelain or glass surface.
XIM's Etching Cream contains fluoride salts. It can be considered a
dilute solution of hydrofluoric acid and must be handled with care.
Hydrogen fluoride is used in the steel industry to pickle stainless
steel, aluminum and titanium. It is used in the glass industry as an
Preparation: XIM Etch-l-M Etching Cream is used as is from
the container. During storage Etch-l-M can form a gel or separate and
crystallize. This is expected. Mix or Stir to a brushable consistency
before using. Note: Keep from freezing. Keep the container tightly closed
when not in use. Store at room temperature. Keep away from children.
Preparation: Careful surface preparation and cleaning is the
key to good results. Before using the XIM Etching Cream be sure the
surface is thoroughly clean and free from all grease, wax, oil, and
dirt, mildew, rust and soap residues. Soap residues are not easily seen,
but must be removed completely. Clean the surface with a strong abrasive
detergent using an abrasive pad or steel wool. Rinse well and allow
to dry. Moldy or mildewed surfaces should be scrubbed with a mixture
of one quart bleach and three quarts water and then thoroughly rinsed
with clean water. Never mix bleach with detergents that contain ammonia.
Note: The surface must be free from all contamination for the Etching
Cream to "wet" and react with the surface. After removing
all contamination, tape off all areas not to be etched. XIM's Etching
Cream is an acid and will attack and etch (dull) aluminum and other
to Apply: XIM's Etch-l-M Etching Cream is best applied by brush.
Apply a medium to heavy quantity of the Etching Cream over the surface
to be dulled. It is recommended that you work only in small sections
of a few square feet at a time. It is best to work at a temperature
of 70 - 75 deg. F. After applying the Etching Cream allow it to work
for about 5 minutes. Different types of glass and porcelain require
somewhat different etching time frames.As an example, conditions that
are suitable for etching soda-lime glass are not the same as those that
will work on borosilicate glass. After applying, do not allow the etching
cream to dry out. After the 5 to 10 minute contact period, scrape up
the excess Etch-l-M cream and return it to its container. You MUST rinse
the remaining Etching Cream from the surface
using plenty of clean water and an abrasive pad (the Etching Cream can
attack steel wool) to remove the fluorosilicate scum formed during the
etching process and any excess salt. Warm water (90 - 100 deg. F) is
best for rinsing. If the scum dries, it becomes difficult to remove.
When rinsed completely, dry with a clean cloth. Inspect the surface
to make sure it has been etched to a uniform dull appearance. If surface
dulling is not complete it indicates that the surface may be contaminated
with a soap residue or that the Etching Cream requires a longer contact
time. Re-clean and re-apply the Etching Cream for the desired result.
NOTE: Etch-l-M will form a gel when stored, especially when stored at
warm temperatures above 85 deg. F. It can also separate and crystallize
when stored. This is the nature of the product and is expected. Therefore,
Etch-l-M should be mixed before use. If gelled or separated, mix with
a wooden paint stick until uniform.
Up: Clean equipment with plenty of water immediately after
use. Large amounts of running water should be used to solubilize the
salts and dilute the acid.