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RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution

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276-1535

 | Catalog #: 276-1535
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Product Summary

The solution to etching.

This PCB Etchant Solution is a must have for any Printed Circuit Board projects.

  • Used to dissolve unprotected copper on PCBs
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  • PCB Etchant - extra etching eolution for 276-1576
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
Tech Specs
Product Support

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Date added Document
November 29, 2012 Heat Sink Compound (Rev. A) (Material Safety Data Sheet)

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RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (10), Business (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Reviewed by 14 customers

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      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      TO SPEED UP THE ETCHING

      By Pumper

      from The Villages Florida

      About Me Enthusiast

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

            For small boards use a small sponge, pour enough into a small plastic bowl to wet the sponge. Rub the sponge on the circuit board rotating board and sponge sfter a few strokes. This moves the copper away from the board and should only take about a minute or two to etch the board depending on how thick the copper is. look at www.pcbfx.com for more help.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            That's not the bottle they're selling

            By ChuckD

            from College Park, MD

            About Me Power User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Performance
            • Effective
            • Long shelf life

            Cons

            • Toxic and corrosive

            Best Uses

            • Full-custom electronics

            Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

            Don't look for THAT bottle style on the shelf at your local store. They've changed to a white opaque bottle. This is good, because it makes the instructions and warnings easier to read when the bottle is half-empty. Unfortunately, it's harder to tell how much is left. The shelf life is great! My first bottle's lasted over twenty years. Here's a hint: if you're doing a small board, use a plastic drawer from your parts cabinet as the tray. Works well with the Press & Peel (R) "laser toner transfer" process.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for Jewelry

            By Capnevol

            from MN

            About Me Power User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                If you want to boost the speed and precision add Citric Acid to the mix. This is called the Edinburg Etch. Citric Acid takes the dissolved copper or brass away from the piece your etching. Search Edinburg Etch for the Mixing Procedure. Find Anhydrous Citric Acid at Gourmet Food Shop or Bulk Food.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (33 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good product

                By JJ

                from Chicago

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                    To make a printed circuit board first look up "Comparison of EDA software"
                    on Wikipedia. I use the freeware version of Eagle.
                    Eagle allows schematic capture and board layout.
                    Print the board layout at a 1:1 scale using a Laser printer on
                    HP Laser Photo Paper 220G.

                    Clean the PC board (both sides) using a ScotchGuard green pad.
                    Copper should be bright.
                    Rinse the board in water and dry.
                    Put denatured alcohol on a wadded paper towel and rub both sides of the board.
                    Black stuff comes off on the towel.
                    Use a fresh towel with alcohol and repeat until no gunk comes off on the towel.
                    Handle the board by edges to keep fingerprints off of the board.

                    An electric iron on high with lots of pressure can be used to transfer the PC pattern to the board.
                    A much superior method is to run the board and paper through a GBL H220 Laminator.
                    Google the laminator about $100. I run it through on the 6 mil setting 3 times in each direction.
                    The board gets warm and I handle it by the edges.

                    Don't peel the paper off of the board. Dunk paper and board in a bowl of water and let it soak
                    for a few minutes. Use your fingers to rub the paper which rolls up in small pieces. I use a cheap
                    toothbrush to get the areas between pins. A thin layer of paper adheres to the toner.

                    For etching the Ferric Choride works good. Bubbing air using an aquarium pump helps.
                    The copper reacting with the etchant absorbs heat and slows the reaction. The air bubbles
                    move fresh etchant into contaact.
                    Do a Google search for the MSDS on Ferric Chloride to see what precautions you need to take.
                    Rubber gloves and Goggles are recomended as is good ventilation.

                    The ScotchGuard pad with lots of pressure will remove the toner from the etched board.
                    A Dremmil tool is a good way to drill the holes. High RPMs for small bits.

                    Other etchants I haven't tried are Ammonium Persulfate, orHydrocholic acid combines with drugstore Hydrogen Peroxide.

                    Disposal of spent Ferric Chloride.
                    Don't pour it down the drain.
                    Washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) should be used to adjust the pH to about 7. A mud of
                    copper compounds will precipitate. Separate and dilute the liquid as it goes down the drain.
                    The mud can be dried and turned in as Hazardous Waste. The copper compounds make good root killer like
                    the kind you buy at the hardware store for a septic system.
                    A chemist can take the mud and react it to make copper sulfate and then plate the copper using electroysis.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Damascus Steel

                    By Smith

                    from Longmont, CO

                    About Me Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Performance
                    • Good Length
                    • Rugged
                    • Stable and works well
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Etching Damascus Steel

                      Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                      I mix PCB on a 1 to 1 Ratio with white vinegar and it will etch out a pattern in my Damascus blades.
                      New solution will take about an hour depending on how deep I want the etch.
                      Clean up is a breeze with soap and water, then buff to a high sheen.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Like so many things....

                      By Fritz

                      from Tulsa OK.

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                          if you know how to use the product properly it's a good product. I've been using RS Ferric Chloride for years. There's lots of good articles on the Internet on doing PC boards. Unless your doing a one time, ones or twosey board than buy at least a couple bottles and a use a aquarium air pump to make a bubble etcher. Done right this agitates your board constantly without you having to stand there doing it mechanically. Fresh enchant works fast at room temp. I've successfully etched them in 5 to 10 min's. When the etch gets older you can speed it up by warming it in a suitable container in hot water for awhile. Fumes will be present so do this outside. A couple bottles will last you for many boards not just one or two. A word of advise when using ferric chloride. Wear latex or equiv. gloves. Wear old clothes, do it in a well ventilated area with safety glasses on. This stuff stains EVERYTHING including you so please be aware of that!! Use common sense and you'll do a safe job. RS is the only place I know where a hobbyist can walk in and buy this stuff. I've been doing my own boards since the '70's. My only gripe is while dry resist and blank PC board material is now cheaper, etchent is getting expensive. Used to buy it for [$] for 16 oz. now it's up to [$]. Searching the Internet has not come up with any good alternative. This site says it's available in store so I'll find out soon.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

                          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          board prep helps etching

                          By Fuzzyguy

                          from NC

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                              I have noticed that if you scuff the copper clad board before putting on the resist then the unwanted copper etches in about 30 min at room temp. With out scuffing it takes several times longer.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Better Supply Needed

                              By JBortho

                              from West Chester, PA 19382

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Performance

                              Cons

                              • Unable to get another

                              Best Uses

                              • Jewelry Making

                              Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                              This product does the job for etching my copper and brass items. BUT I am now unable to purchase this - Need to know why and where I can get it???

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Slow but Available

                              By Mike

                              from Cape Cod

                              About Me Electrical engineer

                              Pros

                              • Locally Available

                              Cons

                              • It's Extremly Slow

                              Best Uses

                              • Etching Copper Clad

                              Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                              Honestly this stuff is really slow. It takes an hour or more to etch a small board. However where else can you find Ferric Chloride on a store shelf? In a pinch it works fine.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Better than Muriatic Acid for mirrors

                              By Art

                              from Delware River Valley, New Jersey

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about RadioShack 16oz. PCB Etchant Solution:

                                  PCB Etchant Solution works extremely well when removing the old aluminum coatings from precision made optical mirrors.

                                  One must not use anything abrasive for fear of damaging the characteristics of the optics.

                                  I've used muriatic acid for years. Sometimes it took days to strip the coatings. The PCB etchent does it in hours without harming the glass!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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