Industrial Etchants for Zinc Alloys

Highly acidic etchants are used for oxide removal and etching zinc in preparation for plating and metal finishing processes.  Therefore, etchants for zinc are crucial to zinc plating and finishing applications.

Our solutions are available in the following packaging sizes:

  • 5-gallon pails
  • 55-gallon drums
  • 300-gallon totes

Miraclean Deoxidizer

  • Miraclean Deoxidizer is a liquid acidic compound designed to remove oxides, stains, and smut
  • Used on stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, zinc, magnesium, titanium, zirconium, and iconel

Operating Conditions:


  • 10% – 100%


  • 70 – 110° F (21 – 43° C)
  • Do not heat above 120° F (49° C)


Mirapic ME-811

  • Mirapic ME-811 is a water-soluble, dry powder containing acid salts with the addition of nitric acid to process Zamak-3 zinc die castings (Mix 1) and high silicon aluminum (Mix 2). Both treatments result in a leveled and fine-grained activated surface for post-seeding chemical or electroplating operations

Operating Conditions:


  • 3.5 oz. per gal. (26 g per L).

Nitric Acid:

  • (42° Be) 4.5% by volume.


  • 15 – 60 seconds


  • 85 – 115° F (29 – 46° C).


  • Mild steel lined with PVC, polypropylene. Teflon heat exchangers.

Acid Number Range:

    • 20 – 50

Solution Makeup:

Warning: Use extreme caution when adding acidic components to Mirapic ME-811. Always add acid to
1. Fill tank ⅔ full with water.
2. Carefully add required amount of Mirapic ME-811 to avoid splashing.
3. Carefully add required amount of nitric acid (42° Be) over entire surface of bath to avoid splashing
and excess heat generation.


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